Knowing Love

imagesMark Buchanan writes of a group of children who were asked what love means.

“What does ‘love’ mean?’. . .
Rebekah, 8, said, ‘When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn’t bend over
and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time—even when his hands got arthritis, too. That’s love.’
Nikka, 6, says, ‘If you want to learn to love better, you should start with
someone you hate.’
Tommy, 6, says, ‘Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.’”1

If people would ask you, “What are you doing at GGCF?” Well, you could tell them that GGCF is discipling people. You could tell them that GGCF is planting churches. You could tell them that GGCF is loving people. We love people—rich or poor, sick or healthy, and smart or not.

But how do we love people? Do we love them when it’s convenient? Or do we love them when it’s inconvenient?

Today, I’m going to preach about knowing love. The apostle John tells us about knowing love.

1 John 4:7-11 (ESV):
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.
10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

As we study this text, we shall answer three important questions. The first question is, “What is love?” The second question, “What do you seek to accomplish in love? The third question is, “Who do you show love?”

1 Mark Buchanan, “The Greatest of These.” Cited February 14, 2015. Online: sermons/2010/september/greatestofthese.html.


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