Love One Another
Love One Another
Text: John 15:9–17
May 6, 2018
Preacher: Pastor Zam Khai
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love."
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you."
John 13:34–35: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
Jesus’ new command resembles the Old Testament commands about love:
- Deuteronomy 6:5: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength”
- Leviticus 19:18: “. . . love your neighbor as yourself.”
How lovely is love, and how hard is it to love?
The word “love” is the sweetest thing to say, but the hardest thing to do.
The world “love” is the easiest word to use with someone you love, but the hardest word to use with someone who hates you/someone you hate.
“Loving action” is the easiest thing to fake but the hardest thing to face.
“Love one another” is the easiest advice to offer, but the hardest thing to obey.
I. A Classic Love: A Classic Example of Love (Inseparable Love)
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.”
- The Father loves the Son
- The Son loves the Father
- The Son loves people
II. A Commanded Love: A Command to Love Others (Unavoidable Love)
Love is like a commodity that you cannot live without.
III. A Costly Love: A Sacrificial Love (Uneasy Love)
In showing love to others, we might have to give the most precious thing we have. In loving others, we sometimes have to give up the right to defend ourselves. We can only truly love someone when we give up our rights and sacrifice our comforts.
IV. A Continuing Love: An Abiding Love (Unbroken Love)
The love starts in the heart of the Father and is expressed through the death of Christ.
- A love that continues/flows from God
- A love that is possible only by abiding/remaining in God
- Is indiscriminate and universal
- Initiates love
- Treats the other person as oneself
- Takes action, is not just empty words
- Enables one to love the enemy
Application: How can we continue to love others?
- Abide in God and His love.
- Read and mediate His love letter daily.
- Fellowship with His beloved people regularly.
- Show your love by serving others and sacrificing something for God and others.
- Pray and talk to the Lord daily.