Christian love has both a positive and negative aspect. “Cease to do evil; learn to do well” (Isaiah 1:16-17). Every Christian knows John 3:16 but how many of us pay attention to I John 3:16? Christ left an example for us as He willingly laid down His life for us (v. 16). Real love is an action, not a feeling. It produces selfless sacrificial giving. This means serving with no thought of receiving anything in return.
It is easy for us to talk about “loving the brethren” and never do a single thing to help another believer. The test of Christian love is not in great testimonies about loving the church, but in quietly helping a brother who is in need (vv. 17-18). If we do not even help a brother, it is not likely we would ever “lay down our lives” for the brethren.”
If we are ever going to help our brother we must meet the following three conditions:
I need to seek practical ways in which I can daily fulfill my responsibility to help others in God’s family. Unless I apply the truth of these Biblical principles in my own life, it will never do me or anyone else any good.
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I John 1:1-4Is your fellowship grounded in God’s Word?
I John 1:5-7What effects your relationships?
I John 1:8-10Sins’ reality and remedy
I John 2:1-6Tests of true knowledge
I John 2:7-11God’s people are to love one another
I John 2:12-14Three categories of believers
I John 2:15-17Worldliness is a matter of the heart
I John 2:18-22The opponent of Christ
I John 2:23-27Jesus and God are one
I John 2:28-29Twisting the Scriptures
I John 3:1-3A clear description of God’s Children
I John 3:4-8Reasons why Jesus died on the cross
I John 3:9-12I have two dogs living in me
I John 3:11-16Don’t be surprised if the world hates you
I John 3:17-18Love is an action, not a feeling
I John 3:19-24Doctrine and love are both needed
I John 4:1-3Don’t believe everything you hear
I John 4:4-6Sure tests for true teaching
I John 4:7-12Love is an action
I John 4:13-21Pretending is not a mark of maturity
I John 5:1-5What must I do to be saved?
I John 5:6-08Proof that Jesus is God
I John 5:09-15Instrument for getting God’s will done on earth
I John 5:16-21Given over to the worship of Idols