Abiding In Love Part 14 by Pastor Rulon Combs 8-4-13


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Abiding in Love Part 14

Aug 3-4, 2013

Pastor Rulon Combs

 

“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.”      John 15:9 NKJV

 

We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.                    1 John 4:19-21

 

Two Powerful Statements That Jesus Made So We Can Get A Better Understanding Of What Loving Others Actually Looks Like

 

“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you…as I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 15:9, John 13:34

 

The model of perfect love is found in the relationships within the Godhead…it is the measure of how we are to love each other

 

“…the world must learn that I love the Father and that I do exactly what my Father has commanded me.”  John 14:31

 

There is a correlation between submission and expressing genuine love

  • Submission…Not my will, but Yours be done…

 

Mutual submission, then, is an expression of genuine love for each other

 

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Ephesians 5:21

 

Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. Ephesians 5:22

 

Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you.           Hebrews 13:17

 

You know that the household of Stephanas were the first converts in Achaia, and they have devoted themselves to the service of the saints. I urge you, brothers, 16 to submit to such as these and to everyone who joins in the work, and labors at it.  1 Corinthians 16:15-16

 

The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands.         John 3:35

 

For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, to your amazement he will show him even greater things than these. John 5:20

 

Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.         Romans 12:15

 

I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: 23 I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me…  John 17:22-23

 

Another facet of wholehearted love modeled for us in the Godhead is unity: one in purpose, one in heart, one in mind

 

How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!      Psalm 133:1

 

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, 6 so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:5-6

 

Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.  Ephesians 4:3

 

…make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose  Philippians 2:2

 

“Now is the Son of Man glorified and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will glorify the Son in himself, and will glorify him at once.” John 13:31-32

 

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.  Philippians 2:3

 

“Don’t you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you are not just my own. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the miracles themselves… On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.” John 14:10-11, 20