Love

7635 - Much Love

In the life of Jesus, there were many important and wonderful moments, but this is one of the most beautiful.

There is a beautiful picture of Love in Luke 7:36-50.

Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee's house and reclined at the table. When a woman who had lived a sinful life in that town learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee's house, she brought an alabaster jar of perfume, and as she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.

When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this, he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is -- that she is a sinner."

Jesus answered him, "Simon, I have something to tell you."
"Tell me, teacher," he said.

"Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. Now which of them will love him more?"

Simon replied, "I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled."
"You have judged correctly," Jesus said.

Then he turned toward the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven --for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little."

Then Jesus said to her, "Your sins are forgiven."

The other guests began to say among themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?"

Jesus said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace."

This scene of life contrasts a Pharisee and a known sinner.

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7627 - Ethics of Love

Jesus spoke of many things in His ministry on earth, but what He taught us about Love is particularly important.

Is the definition of love, as viewed by the world system, the same as God’s definition of love? Listen to Luke 6:27-36 and we’ll talk more.

"But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.

"If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even `sinners' love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even `sinners' do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even `sinners' lend to `sinners,' expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.


This discourse by Jesus came from his lips during what some people call ‘The Sermon On The Plain.’ Many people were listening, including the twelve men Jesus had appointed to be His apostles a short time before these words were spoken.

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7602 - Dr. Rodney Woo - Saying Goodbye to a Pastor

Another interview with Dr. Rodney Woo, the departing pastor of Wilcrest Baptist Church and the new pastor of the International Baptist Church in Singapore.

Rodney shares about his 18 years as the pastor of Wilcrest Baptist Church, where the church mission statement is “Wilcrest Baptist Church is God’s multi-ethnic bridge that draws all people to Jesus Christ, who transforms them from unbelievers to missionaries!”

This church focus on transforming members to missionaries is church-wide, and now the Lord’s calling to missions has been extended to Rodney as he will be moving with his family to Singapore. There he will be the pastor of another multi-cultural church in an area of the world in great need of evangelism.

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Rodney shares about the excitement the church has in his following the Lord’s call in his life, and that they are sending their very best out as a missionary. The big thing that Rodney is praying for is that Wilcrest Baptist Church will stay focused on their calling and that their focus would be centered on Christ as the head of the church rather than the pastor.

To learn more about Dr. Woo, Wilcrest Baptist Church, and his book, “The Color of Church”, read the extensive profile of Dr. Rodney Woo and Wilcrest Baptist Church in our Interview section.

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7563 - You May Know

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Studying through the First Letter of John the word ‘know’ is used 33 times. Spend a few moments in this study and you will understand that the Apostle John has in mind the objective of bringing these first century Christians to a firm assurance of their faith in Jesus Christ. Of course 1 John is written so Christians of any century can be convinced that they truly abide in Christ and are on the way to heaven.

One of the reasons for John’s concern over the Church was the large number of false teaches who were teaching heresy in the last part of the first century. This was a very real threat to the Church. As God prompted those who wrote the New Testament books, seven of the nine authors gave warning of these false teachers and their erroneous doctrines.
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7547 - How We Know

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The human mind is such that it relishes the assurance that we’re on the right track or that we have the right answer.

Gain some assurance from God’s Word that we are on the right track as we discuss 1 John 5, a portion of verses 1 and 2. Which read, “Everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands.”

The central issue about which assurance is being given is “how can we know that we love the children of God?”

The answer is that the proof of our love for the Christian brothers is that we love and obey God.
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7546 - Born Of God

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In this study lets talk about being “Born of God”.

With this study we enter chapter 5 of the First Letter of John. Verse 1 says, “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves his child as well.”

John begins this chapter with another truth designed to cut the rug out from under the false teachers. The Greeks were famous for stressing the use of intellect. These false teachers had trouble accepting the spiritual dimension regarding Jesus. They denied the deity of Jesus and rejected the truth that He was the anointed One of Old Testament prophesy.

John boldly speaks that Jesus is the Christ and that everyone who believes this truth is born of God. This is a statement of faith and not intellect. There is no evidence to be gained by experiment or observation, which proves that Jesus is the Christ to the intellect.
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7544 - A Command

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Let’s look at a command from God in the First Letter of John.

1 John 4: 21 tells us, “And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.”

To many this seems like an impossible command. In our human resources this really is an impossible command. Love is not an emotion we can produce by self-effort, particularly the kind of love, which is mentioned here.
Rest assured if God gives a command to His children He is the one who supplies all the resources to bring the action about.
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7541 - False Claim

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1 John 4:20 says, “If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.”

God says that the person who says with his mouth, “I love God,” and holds bitterness and hate in his heart toward a brother in the body of Christ, simply is lying. These two emotions are not compatible. Let’s look at the inconsistency.

The spotlight is on a person who openly declares “I love God.” We may understand better if we know that the word ‘love’ comes from the concept of “agape” love, godlike love. In other words this person is saying that I have received God’s supernatural, sacrificial, unselfish love into my heart, and it forms a reservoir, which flows out through me and from me to others. The totality of this description is wrapped up in “agape” love. God’s love is a life-changing experience. It becomes ours when the indwelling Holy Spirit takes up residence in the heart of a person as a part of the salvation experience.

Anyone who walks in the Spirit in daily life is a living dispenser of this love from God, which, is meant to be poured out on others.
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7539 - God Loved First

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In this study we will be looking at God’s love.

In the past weeks we have enjoyed several studies regarding the subject of love — both God’s and ours. Today we focus on 1 John 4, verse 19. It says, “We love because he first loved us.”

By nature God is loving. He has always been loving. Even when mankind did not respond to His love.
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7537 - No Fear In Love

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We’re so glad you’ve joined us today for a short study in God’s Word. Let’s talk about “No Fear In Love.”

This subject comes from 1 John 4:18, which reads, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The man who fears is not made perfect in love.”

We need to get the picture in our mind of what the word ‘fear’ means. Fear comes from the Greek word ‘phobos’ which carries the picture of dread or terror.
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7535 - Our Confidence

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In this study we continue our study of 1 John, chapter 4. We’ll be learning about the character of the word ‘love.’

In verse 17 we read, “Love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him.”

Now, let’s focus on the concept of ‘our confidence’ as mentioned in this verse. Each of us who know and trust the Lord Jesus as Savior desire to stand before His seat of judgment without fear, but with confidence.
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7534 - Live In Love

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Join us as we talk about how to “Live In Love.”

We are engaged in a study of 1 John chapter 4, looking closely at the love of God and how that applies to us.

Today we’ll focus on 1 John 4:16. It says, “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.”
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7530 - God's Provision For Me

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In 1 John 3 we read: "How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that’s what we are” Every person who has faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is a child of the King of kings.

To live as a child of the King we appropriate the provisions He has made available to us. Today let's examine five of His provisions for His children.
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7523 - Love Made Complete

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In 1 John 4 we have been learning about love — God’s and ours. Today let’s talk about “Love Made Complete.” This thought comes from verse 12. Listen:

“No one has ever seen God; but if we love each other, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us.”

Do you like to cook? Perhaps you like to eat? Well, neither the cook nor the gourmet is particularly blessed when a cake or a batch of cookies are removed from the oven before they are done. You know the scene. The cake is like a sponge and the middle is still uncooked dough. The process of cooking has not been finished. The goal has not been accomplished.

We might conclude in keeping with this illustration and from this verse that God often looks down upon His children and He sees that the process of maturity in Christ has not been completed in some of His children. His goal of bringing us to be like Jesus has not yet been accomplished in many lives. How can He tell? Because as He views us He sees that His love is not yet perfected or made complete in us.
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7522 - What We Ought To Do

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Let’s talk about “What We Ought To Do.” as we see in 1 John 4:11 which reads:
“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we ought to love one another.”

This command follows verses, which tell us about the ultimate love showered upon us by God. God’s love is an unselfish, sacrificial love, which is bestowed upon undeserving subjects. That’s what happened when God loved us by sending His Son Jesus to pay the penalty of death for our sins, even when we were alienated from Him, we were bitter enemies of His.

So this command is given upon the basis that we have accepted the gift of life offered by Jesus to all who would believe and trust Him. Keep in mind that when Jesus bestows this new life He enters our life to live His life in and through us. That’s the only way we can love as God loves — sacrifically.

When God says we ought to love one another he is not talking about being nice to one another or helping someone when we expect to get something in return. Previously in this book (1 John 3:18) we were told that we were not just to say encouraging words to someone who had a need, but we were to demonstrate love through our actions.

A story by Rebecca Pippert, which appears in Multnomah’s book Stories for the Heart Illustrates this principle. Its called “Lessons from a Young Nurse.”
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7521 - Ultimate Love

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We are now in 1 John, chapter 4 considering the subject of love. In this passage we repeatedly find reference to the Greek word, “Agape” love. It seems that the meaning of this word has been enhanced and elevated from its previous use in Greek writings. In fact, this word was infrequent in Greek usage, but when God poured out His love upon mankind through His Son Jesus, the word became the very description of the love of God.

Innately all people desire acceptance and love, and they seek it out. Many people go to great efforts to earn love.

To me it seems God placed verse 10 of 1 John 4 in this place, at this point in His discussion of this phenomenon called love, so as to raise our vision toward Him. Listen to 1 John 4:10:

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”

In the lines just before this verse we have found the declarations “God is love” and “love comes from God.”
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7518 - God Showed Us Love

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Verses 7 through 21 comprise one of the most intimate passages dealing with love in the Bible. Today let’s focus on verse 9. It says:

“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.”

In verse eight we find this forthright statement: “God is love.” That means the very nature of God is love. God must love because that’s His nature.

The beauty and bountiful supply which God showers upon this earth is motivated by His nature of love. Matthew (5:45) tells us that God sends the sun to rise on the evil and the good – upon all mankind.
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7517 - Strangers to God

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In our last study we entered a portion of Scripture laden with definitions and expressions of love: That would be 1 John 4, verses 7 through 21.

This next passage opens by telling us that love comes from God. God is the source of unselfish, sacrificial love. Those who have been born of God and know God have experienced this “agape” love –– unselfishly bestowed upon undeserving people.

Today let’s look at 1 John 4:8: “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

Now those last words affirm what was discussed in the previous verse –– God is the source of love. You see, God’s very nature is love. And the word from which love is translated is “agape”, which in the understanding of people, received a great upgrading from the love demonstrated by God as He sent His Son, Jesus Christ to die for the sins of men and women, boys and girls.

It is true that the Greek word “phileo” is translated by the English word love, but in the original language it expressed a lesser degree. It implies that the one who expresses this love sees some value or worth in the one who is being loved. So “phileo” does not carry the deep meaning of dedication and sacrifice, which the “agape” lover lays on the line as he loves.
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7515 - The Source of Love

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We now come to 1 John 4:7 in our study. This verse begins one of the most revealing passages in the Bible regarding love.

“Dear friend, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.”

Listen, the word “love” in this passage, in every case, comes from the root word “agape” in the Greek.

Let me explain the four commonly used words expressing some idea of love in the Greek language. Two of these, namely: “storge” which carries the idea of family affection, and “eros”, which was used for a sensual, possessive love, never appears in the New Testament. Another word: “phileo”, was used in Greek literature to express friendship, and is the most commonly used word for love in prebiblical Greek; however, the Greek noun “agape” and its verb form “agapao” is the most frequently used word to express love in the New Testament.
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7499 - God's Command

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In 1 John 3:23 we read, “And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.”

This is one of the important verses in the Bible. Young Christians sometimes voice the question, “What does God want me to do?”

In this verse we find two answers to this question.
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7498 - Obedience Rewarded

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Today we will look at 1 John 3; verses 21 and 22.

“Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God (22) and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him.”

That phrase, “if our hearts do not condemn us,” does not mean that we have reached sinless perfection. Some people have interpreted those words in that manner; however, a better understanding could be that these words represent the attitude of the heart of a Christian who has diligently sought a pure heart and has confessed the known sins in his life. Following Scripture he has asked God to search his heart and reveal any obstacle between himself and God, so that it might be confessed and dealt with. The desire is to live habitually in an obedient, yielded fellowship with the Lord. When a Christian has this humble, yielded attitude then we have assurance and confidence before God.
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7494 - Love Expressed

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In 1 John we read about the love, which God has for people and how this was forcefully demonstrated through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We also see the love Christians should have for God and how we demonstrate our love by being obedient to God’s commands and instructions.

But there is a third facet of love, which is clearly presented in 1 John also, and that is the love that a believer should have for his Christian brothers and sisters. This emphasis is the focus of today’s study.
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7493 - Love Demonstrated

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In this message we discuss how love was demonstrated to those on earth by God.

In 1 John 3:16 we can explore this idea: “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.”

God is a loving God. He is patient & long-suffering with His creatures. You see, God created men & women in order that there could be a mutual loving, pleasing relationship between them. People would certainly benefit by coming under the authority of God. They would experience His protection, guidance and steadfast love. God would be pleased by the praise and delight which men and women, boys and girls would choose to express toward Him.
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7479 - Love of Brothers - 1 John 3:14-15

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Today we’re talking about loving the brothers & sisters in Christ. We read initially about love of the brothers in chapter 2 of 1 John, where John tells us: “Whoever love his brothers lives in the light, and there is nothing in him to make him stumble.”

In chapter 3, verses 14-15 John added a new facet to this message for us. Listen:

“We know we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death. Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in Him.”
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7474 - Love One Another - 1 John 3:11

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Today let’s dig into a portion of God’s Word together.

Our study today will center on 1 John 3:11. Listen:

”This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.”

Check it out and you will see that chapter 2, verses 7-11 also convey this message in similar words. This is just one example of the Apostle John circling back to a subject which he has introduced in a previous passage. He may add to what he said previously, or draw a new conclusion to emphasize to the church. John is so intent on getting these points across in ways the people will understand, remember, and then fulfill in their lives.
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7451 - Lavish Love - 1 John 3:1

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In our study of 1 John, today we are beginning chapter 3. The first verse reads:
“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”
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