Giving: An Action of Love

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Text: 1 John 3:11–24 (NIV)

11This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 12Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous. 13Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you. 14We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death. 15Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him. 16This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. 17If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? 18Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 19This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence 20whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 21Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him. 23And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.

  1. The foundation of the message
      • Love God
      • Love one another
  2. Actions
      • Good
      • Evil
      • The foundation determines the action (Good actions are a byproduct of love)
  3. Life is the evidence of love (v. 14)
      • Love is active
      • Life is active
      • Death is inactive (v. 15)
      • Dead things cannot be active
  4. Giving is an action of Love (vv. 17-18)
      • Jesus gave his life for sinners (v. 16)
      • God loved the world and He gave (John 3:16)
      • God demonstrated His love by sending His Son to die for sinners (Romans 5:8)
  5. Love in action
      • Love is not a noun (something that is only defined)
      • Love is a verb (something that is active)
      • Real love acts
      • Real love does not set conditions
      • A byproduct of love is giving (When a person is trying to woo the one heshe loves...that person spares no expense…heshe gives)
  6. Show your love
      • Actions of Love do not condemn you
      • It is never wrong to do right, it is never right to do wrong
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