Love—Our New Identity

—1 John

 
 
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We always live out of our character

  1. our core identity
  2. our beliefs about the best way to live
  3. our experiences, from other people and from God
  1. First we will look at some Scriptures in 1 John
  2. Then we will have a lot of stories and practical examples

1. The character of a loving person in 1 John 2 & 3

It’s about core identity—born of God

  1. If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.
  2. See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.
  3. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.
  4. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.

God’s love inside us, loving others

  1. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.
  2. For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
  3. We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother....
  4. We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death.

Assurance 1 John 3:19

  1. By this we shall know that we are of the truth and reassure our heart before him;

B. Our beliefs about the best way to live

1 John 4

  1. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
  2. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world.
  3. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

1 John 3 —it really pleases Jesus

  1. and whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.
  2. And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.

So far... Character shaped by:

  1. It is about our core identity—we are born of God
  2. Our beliefs about the best way to live

C. Our experiences, from other people and from God

1 John 4

  1. By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit.
  2. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Saviour of the world.
  3. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God....
  4. We love because he first loved us.

2. What it means to have a Loving Character

2. What it means to have a Loving Character

Six Major Deposits

  1. Understanding the Individual
  2. Attending to Little Things
  3. Keeping Commitments
  4. Clarifying Expectations
  5. Showing Personal Integrity
  6. Apologizing Sincerely when you make a Withdrawal

So far...

  1. Character shaped by:
    1. It is about our core identity—we are born of God
    2. Our beliefs about the best way to live
    3. Our experiences, from other people and from God
  2. What it means to have a Loving Character
  3. So how is this not a burden?

3. How is this not a burden?