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The Nature of Love. agape “Unconquerable benevolence, undefeatable goodwill”. God is love (1 Jno. 4:8). We are compelled to love because God first loved us, 1 Jno. 4:19, 7-8 Motives, character and duration of love, 1 Cor. 13 Devoted action of the will. The Nature of Love.

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the nature of love

The Nature of Love

agape

“Unconquerable benevolence, undefeatable goodwill”

god is love 1 jno 4 8
God is love(1 Jno. 4:8)
  • We are compelled to love because God first loved us, 1 Jno. 4:19, 7-8
  • Motives, character and duration of love, 1 Cor. 13
  • Devoted action of the will
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The Nature of Love

“By this we know love…”

(1 Jno. 3:16)

love is observable
Love is Observable
  • Love is an action word! Jno. 3:16
  • To say we love someone without acting with good will toward that person is not love, 1 Jno. 3:16-18
    • “Love unspoken is not love”
    • Love professed yet not practiced is not love
    • Husbands, practice your love, Eph. 5:25, 28-29
love is sacrificial
Love is Sacrificial
  • Love is not selfish: Giving, not taking, 1 Jno. 4:9-10; 3:16; 1 Cor. 13:5 (3)
  • Love is willing to be spent in order to help others, 2 Cor. 12:15
    • Love incurs cost to itself and exhausts itself practicing good will toward others
    • There is no limit to love’s reach and the sacrifices it will make
love is obedient to authority
Love is Obedient to Authority
  • Obedience to the Lord is a direct reflection of one’s love for Him, Jno. 14:15
    • Do not love…do not obey Him, Jno. 14:24
    • Jesus set the example, Jno. 14:31
  • God loves the obedient person, Jno. 14:21, 23
    • By this we know we love God, 1 Jno. 2:3-5
love does not measure itself by others
Love does not Measure itself by Others
  • Love does not compare itself, 2 Cor. 10:12
  • Motives of love, 1 Cor. 13:1-3
    • Love does not concern itself with itself, but with the welfare of others (2 Cor. 12:15)
    • Christ is the supreme example, Jno. 15:9-14
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Love does not Measure itself by Others
  • Love on display, 1 Cor. 13:4-8
    • God’s love for Christ: Matt. 3:17 – Jno. 8:29
    • God’s love for mankind: Matt. 5:43-47 – Matt. 22:37
    • God’s love for sinners: Eph. 2:4-7 – 2 Cor. 5:15
    • Husbands and wives: Eph. 5:25-33
    • Parents and children: Eph. 6:1-4
love is just
Love is Just
  • Love does not free the guilty or punish the innocent, Exo. 34:5-9
    • Love does not say: "I love you so much I will show favoritism toward you”
    • “I love you so much I will not rebuke, reprove or correct you!”
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Love is Just
  • Love disciplines when needed
    • Warns and corrects / Punishes to improve
    • Correct the child, Heb. 12:5-11; Prov. 13:24
    • Correct the sinning (unruly) Christian, 2 Cor. 2:3-11 (1 Cor. 5:4-5)
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The Nature of Love

-God is love-

“Love never fails”

(1 Cor. 13:8, 13)

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