1 John

By This We Know Love

Intro

16 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 17 But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. (1 Jn 3:16–18.)


Illustration


Mind

  • According to this text, how is it that we know what love truly is?






  • What is the right way to express genuine love?




Motive

  • What part of us does the text point to when it mentions giving to those in need?

“ 17 But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. (1 Jn 3:16–18.)



  • Read the whole text again. What types of action does real love require?





Memory Verse

16 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. (1 John 3:16)


Mission

Real love is willing to die. In fact, as Jesus shows us, real love seeks to die for the good of others. This might mean giving up your goods to a brother in need, or it might mean humbling yourself in a thousand other ways. Whatever it looks like, love isn’t in word or talk, but in deed and truth. Let’s seek to live and love this way.


Worship


Prayer

Ask God to make His will well with your soul. Remember Jesus in the garden, how he prayed that there may be another way, but ultimately God’s will be done? Let’s look at the hard road of self-sacrifice and offer up willing obedience.


Further Study

Douglas Wilson Sermon: https://www.christkirk.com/sermon/1-john-lust/