Gal 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.
WE ARE DESIGNED TO BE AN EXPRESSION OF GOD’S LOVE!
Rom 13:8 Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. 9 For this, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
Gal 5:13 For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
14 For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
LOVE SUPPLIES A DOUBLE MOTIVATION
1. OBEDIENCE TO THE LORD
2. RIGHT CONDUCT TOWARDS MAN
1. John 14:15 If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.
23 Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.
THE MOTIVATION FOR OBEYING THE LORD IS LOVE.
1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.
THE ONLY MOTIVATION THAT WORKS FOR ANY LENGTH OF TIME IS LOVE
2. OUR MOTIVATION FOR PEOPLE
Rom 13:10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
NEW TESTAMENT LOVE IS PROGRESSIVE
Phil 4:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; 11having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
YOUR MISTAKE DOES NOT CHANGE WHO YOU ARE
Rom 4:4 Now to the one who works, his wage is not credited as a favor, but as what is due. 5 But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness,
Luke 22:31 Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; 32 but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” 33 But he said to Him, “Lord, with You I am ready to go both to prison and to death!” 34 And He said, “I say to you, Peter, the rooster will not crow today until you have denied three times that you know Me.”
3 APPLICATIONS FOR LIFE
1. BUILD UP YOUR FAITH. (Biblical faith)
Jude 20 But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of God,
2. WORK OUT THAT LOVE BY SERVING
Gal 5:13 “Through love serve one another”
3. THROUGH PRAYER AND BIBLE STUDY BECOME MORE AND MORE SENSITIVE TO THE WAY LOVE APPLIES IN EACH SITUATION
Ps 119:38 Establish Your word to Your servant, As that which produces reverence for You.