John 3:16 Love is initiated by God in giving His son, and His son died for us.
Mat 22:36-40 Great commandments
a. Love God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind
b. Love your neighbor as yourself
Eph 3:16-19 Rooted and established in love
1 John3:11-18 We love one another. Remaining in love points to the spiritual reality of God (who is love) in Christ (who demonstrated God’s love) in you.
Our practical application of this love is 2 ways:
1. Vertical - between you and God
2. Horizontal - between you and the ones close to you.
Examples of How JC Loved
Mat 4:1-11 Devil tempting him. He loved by speaking the truth to God’s arch-enemy.
Mat 5:1-16 JC loved by sharing how we can have blessed lives
Mat 5:21-25 Murder &anger
Mat 5:27-30 Adultery &lust
Mat 5:31-42 Divorce, oaths, eye for eye
Mat 5:43-48 Loving our enemies
Mat 6 Giving to needy, prayer, fasting, storing treasures in heaven, don’t worry
Mat 7:1-5 Don’t judge others.
Mat 7:7-29 Ask, seek, knock; the narrow gate; identifying true and false prophets; identifying true and false disciples; how to be a wise builder
Mat 8:23-27 Exemplifies faith vs. worry
John 13:4-17 Lovingly washes his disciples’ feet to show the joy of serving others