Notes on Christian Love (from a Discussion at Zeppelin’s Restaurant in Bluffton 3/14/13)


Lunch with the Dan’s Conversation 3/14/13

Scripture: John 13:31-35

 When he was gone, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once.

“My children, I will be with you only a little longer. You will look for me, and just as I told the Jews, so I tell you now: Where I am going, you cannot come.

“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.”

Main Idea: They will know we are Christians, when we Love Each Other

Not Worldly Love – Name a Romantic Movie?  Titanic most Romantic Movie (Not really love)

Christian Love is something different than base love (which when it comes down to it is merely Sex)


*(1) Christian Love is a Way of Life (Involves the Whole Person – involves All Commitment)

-Transformed heart, saved by God, loving and reaching out towards others  EX: Superman/Superheroes

Paradox of Christian Life without Love (Bright Darkness, False Truth)

*(2) Christian Love is marked by Obedience and Affection for God – it is a Command (Law)

-You must love each other as I loved you.  EX: Jesus not doing anything without the Father telling Him John 5:19


*(3) Christian Love is noble, and is a Decision that gives us purpose, meaning, and gives the same to others

-(Love is not a Feeling, it is a Decision)  EX: I Decide to Love my Wife, Husband

Scripture:  Galatians 5:22-25 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.  Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  Since we live by the Spirit,let us keep in step with the Spirit.  Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

Challenge: When someone is hurting – Where is the Church? Where are the People of Jesus?

 LOVE OTHERS AS I HAVE LOVED YOU (Panama (GOV’T vs. Gnobe, AIDS crisis, Child Abuse Scandals)

When we live out Christian Love, we start looking Crazy – out of the NORM, God expects that of us!


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