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LIVING In The Love of G0D

John 15:9-13

In these verses, Jesus and His companions are walking towards a special garden. It is very

late on Thursday night before His death. Jesus uses every moment to teach them before He is

gone. In our Scripture tonight, Jesus is teaching about unselfish love.

The first thing Jesus tells His followers is that He loves like the Father loves. God’s love is

so unselfish He sacrificed His Son for each one of us. We are able to see God’s love for the

human race in Jesus’ death on the Cross. Next, we are commanded to live in and be controlled by

the love of Jesus. How do you love like that? Jesus gives Himself as an example. He tells us that

He obeyed God’s commands. By obedience, Jesus remains in God’s love. Therefore, we remain

in God’s love by obeying and living by His commandments. How do you have joy? Jesus gives

real joy. Human joy is weak and limited. Jesus gives fullness of joy. Our joy is made complete in

Christ. Jesus Christ is the only one who can give you true joy in your life.

Jesus gives a second command. “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved

you.” Not only are we to love God like Jesus, but we are to love each other like Jesus loves.
Jesus explained in verse 13. “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his

friends.” In just a few hours, Jesus would be crucified. This is the greatest love ever known. The

sinless Son of God freely gave His life so that through faith in Him, we can be saved.

Listen to the words of “Whosoever Will.”

Whosoever will the promise is secure; Whosoever will forever must endure; Whosoever will ‘tis

life forevermore; Whosoever will may come.

Whosoever will, Whosoever will! Send the proclamation over vale and hill; ‘Tis a loving Father

calls the wand’rer home: Whosoever will may come.

This is God’s invitation for every person to believe in Jesus. Will you?

Delivered March 17, 2017 Grace Chinese Baptist Church El Paso, Texas

With a grateful heart, in ALL things giving thanks to God

Love, Gayle and Carol

What 1 John 1:9 Tells Us about God!

1 John 1:9

What does this Bible verse teach us about God? John uses the word “He” to refer to God.

This verse shows us how a person becomes a Christian. The first thing John tells us is that God Is

Faithful and Just. Faithful means “reliable.” When God says something, it means His Word is

trustworthy. You can depend on what God says and what He does! Paul tells us in Titus 1:2 that

“God does not lie.” Faith then stands on the promise God made “before the beginning of time.”

God will do what He says. God is also Just. That means God will deal with you and me just like

the Bible tells us He will.

God also forgives us our sins. That is what the cross is about. Jesus shed His blood on

the Cross to forgive you and me and whoever will turn to Christ. Through this miracle of the

Cross, Jesus gives real forgiveness and cleansing. The guilt and shame are gone. This promise is

given in the Book of Isaiah 1:18. Listen to God’s Words. “Come now, let us reason together,”

says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they
are red like crimson, they shall be like wool.” God’s Word promises to set us free from all

wrongdoing and evil. God purifies the believer.

This is what God does, but what do we have to do? Let us go back to the first of the

verse. What we have to do is confess our sins and wrongdoing. This means you speak to God and

tell Him you are sorry and repent of all the bad things you have said and done. Confession also

means you accept Christ as your Lord and Savior. Paul makes it plain in Romans 10:9. He wrote,

“If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him

from the dead, you will be saved.” It is that easy. God really loves each one of us. He really

desires to give us this eternal life in Christ. Jesus invites you now.

Delivered March 24, 2017 Grace Chinese Baptist Church El Paso, Texas