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~ Deepening our Relationship with Christ ~
Paul J. Bucknell
Deepening Intimacy | Obedience | Assumptions
Means of Intimacy #1 The Vinedresser | #2 True Vine | #3 Success |
#4 Means of Success | #5 Promise of Abiding | #6 Purpose of Abiding |
#7 Need of Obedience | #8 Need of Love | Friendship John 15:16-17 | Applying the Principles John 15:16 | Summary Principles |
Study Questions | Small Group Questions
Purpose: The Need for Love - John 15:12 is the eighth step instructing us from John 15:12 how necessary love is in growing in intimacy with our God.
“This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you” (John 15:12).
You might then ask, “What commandments are we to obey?” This is a good question. Christ has filled the scripture with many commands. In verse 10 Jesus uses the word ‘commandments’ with an ‘s’ on the end.
In John 15:12 Jesus isolates one of these commands that seems to summarize the many commands, “Love one another just as I have loved you.”
Do you remember how Jesus loved us? He laid down His life for us. The Apostle Paul twice in Romans 13 says that love is the fulfillment of the law (Romans 13:8, 10).
Only by preferring the other above our own needs can we avoid the hosts of sins that plague our nation. Love is the opposite of lust. Love forgives. Peace results from the humbling of oneself when we apologize for our wrongs.
Love always calls us to prefer the needs of others rather than living for our own desires.
This is exactly what God did when He sent His only Son Christ into the world to die for sinners. God’s love enabled others to participate in His great program and reap those rewards. God’s kingdom is a kingdom of love.
Have you determined to love others?
Have you purposed to lift the needs of others above yourself?
If others take advantage of yourself, will you still care about them.
If others treat you badly, you will pray and seek how God will enable you to love them.
All these things are from God. This is the way God extends His kingdom in the world. Love is from God. We need to abide in Christ if we are to live out His love.
“This I command you, that you love one another” (John 15:17).
Let me close in the following pages with a few illustrations on how God so dramatically used the thoughts from this passage in my life. They will illustrate how all these points work together.
Other BFF articles on love and commands
God is Love ... 1 John 4
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The Love and Fear of God 1 John 4:17 : Part of the Godly Man series
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The command in the Bible for husbands to love their wives overrules any of his fears. If we fear God more than any other thing, then we will obey God even ...
Impossible Love - Mark 8:1-9
Love shaped Jesus' faith rather than sight. He understood that His Father's love was to be extended to these people. Love after all was the command above ...
Matthew 5:21-48: Six Tests of Genuine Love
In this case we will identify how each issue that Jesus brought up was not only a violation against the law but against God's command of love. ...
The Power of Love
The first command is obvious. We have all heard it, “Husbands, love your wives, ... out several challenging thoughts regarding this command to love. ...
Deuteronomy 26:16-19 Being Committed determines the welfare of our ...
We must remember that for us in the New Covenant, these commands have changed but their values have not. Jesus' command to love God and to love others usher ...
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