Archive of Pastor Darby's Sermon Notes, transcribed from his original typewritten documents
I John 4:7,8
WHAT IS LOVE???
I. WHAT IS LOVE? I John 4:7,8
"God Is Love" - He is the giver of Love! And there is no real love apart from His gift!!
A. GOD IS LOVE 4:8b ALL THE FALSE VIEWS OF GOD MISS GOD'S LOVE, OR THE DISTINCTION OF LOVE
- God's love is perfect, transcends our greatest idea and ideal of love, -He tells us, not us!
- 3 Greek words- Eros-Carnal desire; Philos- Brotherly, emotional; Agape- Divine, spiritual love
- The N.T. Distinctive- Agape love- means to give, sacrifice, even die! for good of another
B. WE ARE COMMANDED BY GOD TO LOVE IN A SACRIFICIAL WAY, AND THE DIRECTIONS PLAINLY GIVEN
- Great Commandment- Matt 22:37,9- Love God (sacrificial); love neighbor as self (love there too)
- The Special Commandment- John 13:34,35- That we as Christians have special love- brethren
- Add the Command of Paul- seek best gifts! I Cor 12:31-13- Other gifts are to better show love
C. SATAN COUNTERFEITS AND PERVERTS LOVE, TO GET US TO REVERSE THE ORDER OF GOD & MISS HIS LOVE
- Our age discovered "Make love, not war"- Sex slavery is called "Free Love", -Fool's gold madness
- I John 2:15-16 -The love of the World-Physical lust first, emotional lust- then spirit of man- pride
- Some never learn that the World, Flesh, & Devil are allies- & Old nature lies- infatuations!
Lust cries- "Get for me"; while God's kind of love cries- "Give life, give joy, give good."
II. HOW CAN WE HAVE POWER TO LOVE?? I John 4:1-15
Everyone that loveth is Born of God v.7 -the only way to be able to love is to be Born Again
A. LOVE IS SHOWN TO US BY GOD, THROUGH THE GIFT OF HIS SON, TO SECURE OUR WELL BEING v.10
- No place does God try to prove His existence-but moves heaven & earth to prove His love
- Rom 5:8 & v.10 -proved by His sacrifice of His own Son- to save us from our sins-our good
- He gives us- NOT WHAT WE WANT!, but what we need, what we must have for our own good!
B. TO HAVE THE LOVE GOD DEMANDS, WE MUST ACCEPT HIS LOVE, AND BE BORN AGAIN! v. 12, 15
- To overcome the world- 5:1 -you must be born again! -wonder why you can't really love?-
- Love is given as a fruit of the Spirit- Gal 5:22- but our need- exercise this fruit- water it!
- Your greatest joy will come from giving this love-doing favors, winning souls, forgiving!
C. SATAN WILL TRICK YOU EVERY WAY HE CAN TO KEEP YOU FROM HAVING LIFE, OR FROM ENJOYING IT!
- If he can get you greedy for worldly pleasures- lust so as to sell birthright for pottage
- If you are Saved- Satan will try to get your love perverted- Old nature lie- want to get - not give
- Until you put God first, seek first His Kingdom, Seek his best Gift- & Minister that Gift to others
"He that hath the Son hat life"-- "He the Son hath - hath love" -- do you show it?
III. HOW CAN WE SHOW REAL LOVE? I John 4:18-21
Note v.11: "If God so loved us- we ought to love one another"- but HOW? Satan tricks us easily
A. WE MUST DEMONSTRATE TO GO THAT WE LOVE HIM! FIRST COMMANDMENT IS REAL, NOT IMPOSSIBLE, DO IT!
- Jesus said- "If you love Me- Keep My Commandments"- do it for Him! -not getting- giving
- As God gave His Son for you- Give yourself to Him - Body, Soul, Spirit! -Confess Christ to Men
- The God's great love can be shown through you to others- in purity! Especially to His Children
B. BUT THIS LOVE MUST REACH TO OTHERS IN PURITY; IF SATAN TRICKS YOU, YOU CORRUPT YOURSELF!
- Can we express ourselves physically? - I Thess 5:26- "A Holy Kiss",- how & when is this done?
- A Warning- Prov 6:24-7:27 warns of the lips of the strange woman- danger to Young & Old alike
- True love is a flawless gem, but the slightest flaw can bring useless hurt, misery - beware
C. HOW CAN WE SHOW EACH OTHER REAL LOVE AS THE BIBLE COMMANDS* IN DEED AND TRUTH? 3:18
- Five ways: 1. Say "I'm sorry"; 2. Learn to forgive; 3. Demonstrate by consistency; 4. Understand and help the other person solve his problem; 5. Show unity to all Christians-
- In all your personal dealings- keep your relationship so that you can still be brethren- friends. Teens-puppylove foolishness turns to hate!; Adults- Choose your love- love your choice!
- Our proof to the world that we are Christians is to be found in our Special love for each other
THERE ARE PEOPLE AROUND US WHO NEED TO SEE A DEMONSTRATION OF GOD'S LOVE SO THAT THEY CAN BELIEVE!
If you do not show your love with a public confession of Christ- how can they be saved?
If you do not show your love by compassion for others- who will share their burdens?
If you do not show your love by consistency - you won't be worthy of survival either.