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“Beloved, Let Us Love One Another” (I John 4:7-21) . I. Argument: Christians must Love Others (I John 4:7-11). Why make this argument? Don’t people love others naturally? • Friends: but not when they betray us. • Family: but not when they disappoint us.

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“Beloved, Let Us Love One Another”(I John 4:7-21)

I. Argument: Christians must Love Others (I John 4:7-11).

Why make this argument? Don’t people love others naturally?

• Friends: but not when they betray us.

• Family: but not when they disappoint us.

• Mates: but not when they don’t please us.

• Countrymen: but not when they are treacherous.

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“Beloved, Let Us Love One Another”(I John 4:7-21)

I. Argument: Christians must Love Others (I John 4:7-11).

John 15:9-14 –

1. As Father loved;

2. Keep commandments;

3. Lay down life;

4. Keep commands.

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“Beloved, Let Us Love One Another”(I John 4:7-21)

I. Argument: Christians must Love Others (I John 4:7-11).

This type of love determines our fellowship with God. Note: (I John 4;7b) Those with this love are…

1. Born of God;

2. Know God

Those who don’t -- Don’t know God (I John 4:8).

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“Beloved, Let Us Love One Another”(I John 4:7-21)

I. Argument: Christians must Love Others (I John 4:7-11).

God’s example of Love: (I John 4:9,10).

“Not that we loved God” (cf. Romans 5:6-8).

God’s love motivates love one another (I John 4:11).

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“Beloved, Let Us Love One Another”(I John 4:7-21)

II. Blessings & Consequences of Demonstrating this Kind of Love.

1. It allows us to See God (vs. 12). We see Him in us.

• Others can see God in us or sin, worldliness and selfishness.

2. It assures us that we are in God (vs. 13).

• If we don’t love God isn’t in us!

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“Beloved, Let Us Love One Another”(I John 4:7-21)

II. Blessings & Consequences of Demonstrating this Kind of Love.

3. It reflects our faith in God’s ultimate act of love (vss. 14-16).

• When we show the kind of love that God did we are expressing our own faith that God loved us that way!

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“Beloved, Let Us Love One Another”(I John 4:7-21)

II. Blessings & Consequences of Demonstrating this Kind of Love.

4. It allows us confidence on the day of judgement (vss. 17-18).

• John 14:21; I John 2:3-5; 2:9-11

• Proverbs 9:10; II Corinthians 5:11; Exodus 14:31

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“Beloved, Let Us Love One Another”(I John 4:7-21)

Conclusion.Argument Resumed.

• His love should lead to our love for Him (I John 4:19).

• If we don’t love others we don’t love Him (I John 4:20). We might say - “I can’t love that way -- I’ve been hurt!”

• Love is a command! (I John 4:21).