Sermon on loving one another 1 John 4:12-16

 The Transformative Power of Loving One Another

A foundational principle of our faith - the call to love one another. In a world often characterized by division and discord, the message of Christ's love stands as a powerful beacon of hope. Let us delve into the Scriptures and understand the profound impact of loving one another, as outlined in 1 John 4:12-16.

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  • Serve one another       Galatians 5:13
  • Accept one another       Romans 15:7
  • Forgive one another       Colossians 3:13
  • Greet one another       Romans 16:16
  • Bear one another’s burdens      Galatians 6:2
  • Be devoted to one another      Romans 12:10
  • Honor one another       Romans 12:10
  • Teach one another       Romans 15:14
  • Submit to one another       Ephesians 5:21
  • Encourage one another      1 Thessalonians 5:11
  • We edify one another –Ep 4:29; Co 4:6

I. Through Our Love for One Another (John 13:34, 35)

In John 13:34, Jesus gave us a new commandment: to love one another. This love is not a mere sentiment, but an action, a choice to care for each other as Christ has cared for us. Our love for one another is a defining characteristic that sets us apart as followers of Christ. It's through this love that the world can see the transforming power of the Gospel.

When we love each other in genuine, sacrificial ways, we become tangible examples of Christ's love. Our actions speak louder than words, demonstrating that we are indeed Christ's disciples. The love we share creates a sense of unity and belonging that draws people closer to the heart of God.

II. We Are to Love One Another as He Has Loved Us (John 15:13)

Christ's love for us is the ultimate example of sacrificial love. In John 15:13, Jesus said, "Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends." His sacrificial death on the cross exemplified the depth of His love for us. As His followers, we are called to mirror this sacrificial love in our relationships.

Loving one another means being willing to put others' needs before our own. It's a love that seeks the well-being of others, even at personal cost. This kind of love is a testimony to the selflessness of Christ's love and can bring healing, restoration, and unity to our communities.

III. Including Those Society May Reject (Matthew 9:11-13; Luke 19:1-10)

Jesus modeled radical love by interacting with those whom society often rejected. He dined with sinners and tax collectors, demonstrating that His love knows no boundaries. In Matthew 9:11-13, He stated that it's the sick who need a doctor, not the healthy.

Following Christ's example, we are called to extend love to everyone, regardless of their background or social standing. Loving one another means embracing diversity and reaching out to those who may feel marginalized or forgotten.

IV. Including Our Enemies (Matthew 5:43, 44; Romans 12:18-21)

Christ's love goes beyond loving those who love us back. In Matthew 5:43-44, He challenged us to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us. This counter-cultural concept is further elaborated in Romans 12:18-21, where we are encouraged to overcome evil with good.

Loving our enemies doesn't mean condoning their actions but responding with Christ-like love, grace, and forgiveness. This radical love can have a transformative impact, leading to reconciliation and the breaking of cycles of hostility.

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V. Reflecting Christ Living in Us (Galatians 2:20; 2 Corinthians 3:18)

As we love one another, Christ's presence within us becomes evident. Galatians 2:20 declares, "I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me." This truth is reflected in our love for one another.

When we love with the love of Christ, people see His life manifesting through us. Our love becomes a living testimony to the transformative power of the Gospel. As we continue to grow in Christ, His love reshapes us into His image, causing us to increasingly love others as He does.

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The call to love one another is at the core of our faith. Let us remember that our love for each other is a testimony to the love of Christ. By loving sacrificially, reaching out to the marginalized, loving our enemies, and allowing Christ to be seen through our actions, we become vessels of His transformative love. As we go forth, may our love shine brightly, drawing people to the One whose love changes hearts and lives.

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