“The Hallmark of Christian life is Christian
“His Faithful Love Endures
In the New Testament Christianity is essentially response to
the revelation of the Creator as a God of love. God is a tri-personal
Being who so loves ungodly humans that the Father has given the Son, the Son
has given his life, and Father and Son together now give the Spirit to save
sinners from unimaginable misery and lead them into unimaginable glory.
Believing in and being overwhelmed by this amazing reality of divine love
generates and sustains the love to God and neighbor that Christ’s two great
commandments require (Matt. 22:35-40).
Our love is to express our gratitude for God’s gracious love to us, and to be
modeled on it (Eph. 4:32–5:2; 1 John 3:16).
The hallmark of Christian life is Christian love.
The measure and test of love to God is wholehearted and unqualified obedience
(1 John 5:3; John 14:15, 21, 23); the measure and
test of love to our neighbors is laying down our lives for them (1 John
3:16; cf. John 15:12-13).
This sacrificial love involves giving, spending, and impoverishing ourselves
up to the limit for their well-being. Jesus’ story of the Samaritan’s
kindness to the hated Jew stands as his model definition of neighbor-love (Luke 10:25-37).
Neighbor-love is profiled in 1 Corinthians
13:4-8. Its total lack of self-concern is breathtaking.
Neighbor-love seeks the neighbor’s good, and the
true measure of it is how much it gives to that end. Love is a principle
of action rather than of emotion. It is a purpose of honoring and
benefiting the other party. It is a matter of doing things for people out of
compassion for their need, whether or not we feel personal affection for
them. It is by their active love to one another that Jesus’ disciples are to
be recognized (John 13:34-35).
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GOD’S LOVE HOW DOES THE BIBLE DESCRIBE GOD’S LOVE?
BIBLE READING: Luke 15:1-7
KEY BIBLE VERSE: Heaven will be happier over one
lost sinner who returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous
and haven’t strayed away! (Luke 15:7)
GOD’S LOVE IS FORGIVING
We may be able to understand a God who would forgive sinners who come to him
for mercy. But a God who tenderly searches for sinners and then joyfully
forgives them must possess an extraordinary love! This is the kind of love
that prompted Jesus to come to earth to search for lost people and save them.
This is the kind of extraordinary love that God has for you. If you feel far
from God, don’t despair. He is searching for you.
BIBLE READING: Romans 8:28-39
KEY BIBLE VERSE: I am convinced that nothing can
ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels
can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow,
and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away.
Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean,
nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God
that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)
GOD’S LOVE IS BEYOND MEASURE
These words were written to a church that would soon undergo terrible
persecution. In just a few years, Paul’s hypothetical situations would turn
into painful realities. This passage reaffirms God’s profound love for his
people. No matter what happens to us, no matter where we are, we can never be
lost to his love. Suffering should not drive us away from God; it should help
us to identify with him further and allow his love to reach us and heal
GOD’S LOVE IS ETERNAL
These verses contain one of the most comforting promises in all Scripture.
Believers have always had to face hardships in many forms: persecution,
illness, imprisonment, even death. These could cause them to fear that they
have been abandoned by Christ.
But Paul exclaims that it is impossible to be separated from
Christ. His death for us is proof of his unconquerable love. Nothing can stop
Christ’s constant presence with us. God tells us how great his love is so
that we will feel totally secure in him. If we believe these overwhelming
assurances, we will not be afraid.
BIBLE READING: John 3:1-21
KEY BIBLE VERSE: God so loved the world that he gave
his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have
eternal life. (John 3:16)
GOD’S LOVE IS SACRIFICIAL
The entire gospel comes to a focus in this verse. God’s love is not static or
self-centered; it reaches out and draws others in. Here God sets the pattern
of true love, the basis for all love relationships-when you love someone
dearly, you are willing to pay dearly for that person’s responsive love. God
paid dearly with the life of his Son, the highest price he could pay.
Jesus accepted our punishment, paid the price for our sins, and then offered
us the new life that he had bought for us. When we share the gospel with
others, our love must be like Jesus’. We must be willing to give up our own
comfort and security so that others might join us in receiving God’s
BIBLE READING: Psalm 136:1-26
KEY BIBLE VERSE: Give thanks to the LORD, for he is
good! His faithful love endures forever. (Psalm 136:1)
GOD’S LOVE IS INEXHAUSTIBLE
Repeated throughout this psalm is the phrase, “His faithful
love endures forever.”
This psalm may have been a responsive reading, with the
congregation saying these words in unison after each sentence. The repetition
made this important lesson sink in.
God’s love includes aspects of love,
kindness, mercy, and faithfulness. We never have to worry that God
will run out of love, because it flows from a well that will never run
HUMAN LOVE WHAT ARE THE BIBLICAL GUIDELINES FOR HUMAN LOVE?
BIBLE READING: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
KEY BIBLE VERSE: Love is patient and kind. Love is
not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. Love does not demand its own way.
Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged. It
is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love
never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through
every circumstance. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)
LOVE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN SPIRITUAL GIFTS
In chapter 12 Paul gave evidence of the Corinthians’ lack of love in
the utilization of spiritual gifts; 1 Corinthians 13
13 defines real love;
1 Corinthians 14
14 shows how love works. Love is more important than all the spiritual
gifts exercised in the church body. Great faith, acts of dedication or
sacrifice, and miracle-working power produce very little without love.
Love makes our actions and gifts useful. Although
people have different gifts, love is available to everyone.
LOVE BENEFITS OTHERS
Our society confuses love and lust. Unlike lust, God’s kind of love is
directed outward toward others, not inward toward ourselves. It is utterly
unselfish. This kind of love goes against our natural inclinations. It is
possible to practice this love only if God helps us set aside our own desires
and instincts, so that we can give love while expecting nothing in return.
Thus the more we become like Christ, the more love we will show to
BIBLE READING: 1 John 2:1-11
KEY BIBLE VERSE: Dear friends, I am not writing a new
commandment, for it is an old one you have always had, right from the
beginning. This commandment-to love one another-is the same message you heard
before. Yet it is also new. This commandment is true in Christ and is true
among you, because the darkness is disappearing and the true light is already
shining. (1 John 2:7-8)
LOVE IS A COMMAND
The commandment to love others is both old and new. It is old because it
comes from the Old Testament (Leviticus 19:18). It is new because
Jesus interpreted it in a radically new way (John 13:34-35). In the
Christian church, love is not only expressed by showing respect; it is also
expressed through self-sacrifice and servant hood (John 15:13).
In fact, it can be defined as “selfless giving,”
reaching beyond friends to enemies and persecutors (Matthew 5:43-48).
Love should be the unifying force and the identifying mark of the Christian
When you fuss and gripe about giving to
someone, or doing for them no matter what they are in need of, you are being
a selfish giver, and that does not look good on you or in God's
We are to give to other's freely.... and
with love not grudging or being selfish of our fund, our time, or helping
them do something to better them self or their future.
Love is the key to walking in the light, because we cannot
grow spiritually while we hate others. Our growing relationship with God will
result in growing relationships with others.
LOVE IS A CHOICE
Does this mean that if you dislike someone you aren’t a
These verses are not talking about disliking a disagreeable
Christian brother or sister. There will always be people we will not like as
well as others. John’s words focus on the attitude that causes us to ignore
or despise others, to treat them as irritants, competitors, or enemies.
Christian love is not a feeling, but a choice. We can choose to be concerned
with people’s well-being and treat them with respect, whether or not we feel
affection toward them. If we choose to love others, God will help us express
BIBLE READING: Mark 12:28-34
KEY BIBLE VERSE: Jesus replied, “The most
important commandment is this:
’Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is the one
and only Lord. And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all
your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally
important: ’Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater
than these.” (Mark 12:29-31)
LOVING GOD IS THE GREATEST HUMAN ACT
God’s laws are not burdensome. They can be reduced to two simple principles:
love God and love others. These commands are from the Old Testament
(Deuteronomy 6:5; Leviticus 19:18).
When you love God completely and care for others as you care
for yourself, then you have fulfilled the intent of the Ten Commandments and
the other Old Testament laws. According to Jesus, these two commandments
summarize all of God’s laws. Let them rule your thoughts, decisions, and
When you are uncertain about what to do, ask yourself which course of action
best demonstrates love for God and love for others.
BIBLE READING: John 21:15-25
KEY BIBLE VERSE: Once more he asked him,
“Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter
was grieved that Jesus asked the question a third time. He said,
“Lord, you know everything. You know I love
you.” Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.”
LOVING GOD MEANS SERVING HIM
Peter had disowned Jesus three times. Three times Jesus asked Peter if he
loved him. When Peter answered yes, Jesus told him to feed his sheep. It is
one thing to say you love Jesus, but the real test is willingness to serve
him. Peter had repented, and here Jesus was asking him to commit his
Peter’s life changed when he finally realized who Jesus was.
His occupation changed from fisherman to evangelist; his identity changed
from impetuous to “rock"; and his relationship to
Jesus changed-he was forgiven, and he finally understood the significance of
Jesus’ words about his death and resurrection.
LOVING GOD REQUIRES EVERYTHING WE HAVE AND ARE
Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved
The first time Jesus said, “Do you love [Greek agape:
volitional, self-sacrificial love] me more than these?”
The second time, Jesus still used the word translated from the Greek word
The third time, Jesus used the word translated from the Greek word phileo
(signifying affection, affinity, or brotherly love) and asked, in effect,
“Are you even my friend?”
Each time Peter responded with the word translated into Greek as phileo.
Jesus doesn’t settle for quick, superficial answers. Peter had to face his
true feelings and motives when Jesus confronted him. How would you respond if
Jesus asked you, “Do you love me?” Are you even his
Deuteronomy 10: 12-16 A Call to Love and
12 “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you? He
requires you to fear him, to live according to his will, to love and worship
him with all your heart and soul,
13 and to obey the Lord’s commands and laws that I am giving you today
for your own good.
14 The highest heavens and the earth and everything in it all belong
to the Lord your God.
15 Yet the Lord chose your ancestors as the objects of his love. And
he chose you, their descendants, above every other nation, as is evident
16 Therefore, cleanse your sinful hearts and stop being stubborn.
John 13:34 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other.
Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.
35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my
36 Simon Peter said, “Lord, where are you
going?” And Jesus replied, “You can’t go with me
now, but you will follow me later.”
John 4:1 Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead
a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.
2 Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance
for each other’s faults because of your love.
John 5:2 Live a life filled with love for others, following the
example of Christ, who loved you and gave himself as a sacrifice to take away
your sins. And God was pleased, because that sacrifice was like sweet perfume
Colossians 3:12 Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he
loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness,
humility, gentleness, and patience.
13 You must make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive the
person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive
14 And the most important piece of clothing you must wear is love.
Love is what binds us all together in perfect harmony.
Loving One Another
1John 4:7 Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love
comes from God. Anyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
8 But anyone who does not love does not know God—for God is love.
9 God showed how much he loved us by sending his only Son into the
world so that we might have eternal life through him.
10 This is real love. It is not that we loved God, but that he loved
us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.
11 Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love
12 No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in
us, and his love has been brought to full expression through us.
13 And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he
14 Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that
the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.
15 All who proclaim that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in
them, and they live in God.
16 We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in him.
God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.
17 And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not
be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because
we are like Christ here in this world.
18 Such love has no fear because perfect love expels all fear. If we
are afraid, it is for fear of judgment, and this shows that his love has not
been perfected in us.
19 We love each other as a result of his loving us first.