Responding To Christ’s Love

Sermon Notes-Pastor Carlos Cuellar
April 1, 2012-Cornerstone Fellowship Bible Church

This morning’s text: John 15:9-12

FIVE WAYS JESUS WANTS YOU TO RESPOND TO HIS LOVE

1. Know how greatly you are loved. (v.9)
-Jesus had already been loving His disciples, and now He was just hours away from demonstrating His love to the fullest (the cross).
-Love: strong and intimate feelings that drive intense actions.
-The same love that Jesus experienced in the Godhead is the same love we receive from Him.
-We are invited into this divine, Triune love, greater than all other loves.
-Jeremiah 1:5
-Despite our sin, He has set His love on us. It is unconditional. Nothing can change it.
-His love for us is purposeful: for our good and His glory.
-So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us…(1 John 4:16). Know it and believe it!

"ὁ θεòς ἀγάπη ἐστίν" ó theòs agape e...

"ὁ θεòς ἀγάπη ἐστίν" ó theòs agape estín (Greek; trans. "God is love") on a stele in Mount Nebo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

2. Abide in Christ and His love. (v. 9)
-Abide: live inside of, remain in, locate yourself in.
-This is union with Christ, never being independent or apart from Him.
-Abiding, continual, life-long, moment by moment.
-Abiding requires a certain posture:
dependence-We are nothing without Him. We need Him or we wither and die.
trust-Trust in His love, the greatest love of all.
submission-This is a dying that leads to life.
-We are transformed and His love is perfected in us. We begin to love Christ and other people. (See 1 John 4:16-19.)

3. Let the love of  Christ motivate you to live for Him. (v. 10)
-John is NOT saying:
If  we don’t obey perfectly He removes His love.
We must earn His love through obedience.
-But, John is saying:
Love for Christ is motivation to obedience and a life lived for Him. (2 Cor. 5:14-15)
His commands are an expression of His love toward us. We experience His love inside of His commands.
-1 John 5:3

4. Find your greatest joy in Christ’s love. (v. 11)
-Knowing and abiding in His love brings joy.
-Obedience brings joy.
-A complete joy that transcends all other joys.
-Ps. 16:11
-Joy that is tethered to Christ’s love, so it can never be taken away.

5. Love Others like Christ has loved you. (v. 12)
-Just as you have been loved by Christ, love others.
-A summary of Christ’s law and His heart.
-His love does not stop with us, but flows through us and outward to others.
-This kind of love (loving other sinful people) is impossible without Christ.
-How did Jesus love us?
Selfless love
Sacrificial love
Unconditional love
Committed love

Love others how Jesus loves us. Selflessly, sacrificially, unconditionally, committed.

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