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10: Extraordinary Love for People

by Dennis Rouse
John 13:34-35 NLT“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Justas I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for oneanother will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”1 John 4:7-8 NLTDear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes fromGod. Anyone who
Sermon Notes

John 13:34-35 NLT
“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just
as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one
another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
1 John 4:7-8 NLT
Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from
God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone
who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
1 Corinthians 13:13 NLT
Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the
Ephesians 3:17-19 NKJ
…that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being
rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the
saints what is the width and length and depth and height—to know
the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled
with all the fullness of God.
Four Dimensions of Love:

  1. Loving the least
    John 3:16 NKJ
    “FOR GOD SO LOVED the WORLD that He gave His only begotten
    Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have
    everlasting life.”
    Matthew 25:31-40 NIV
    “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with
    him, he will sit on his glorious throne.”
  2. Loving the lost
    Matthew 18:11 NKJ
    “For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.”
    Matthew 9:9-13 MSG
    Passing along, Jesus saw a man at his work collecting taxes. His
    name was Matthew. Jesus said, “Come along with me.” Matthew
    stood up and followed him. Later when Jesus was eating supper at
    Matthew’s house with his close followers, a lot of disreputable
    characters came and joined them. When the Pharisees saw him
    keeping this kind of company, they had a fit, and lit into Jesus’
    followers. “What kind of example is this from your Teacher, acting
    cozy with crooks and riffraff?” Jesus, overhearing, shot back, “Who
    needs a doctor: the healthy or the sick? Go figure out what this
    Scripture means: ‘I’m after mercy, not religion.’ I’m here to invite
    outsiders, not coddle insiders.”
  3. Loving cross-culturally
    Ephesians 2:14-18 NIV
    For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and
    has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting
    aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His
    purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two,
    thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God
    through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. He came
    and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those
    who were near. For through him we both have access to the Father
    by one Spirit.
  4. Loving my enemies
    Matthew 5:43-48 NKJ
    “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and
    hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those
    who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those
    who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of
    your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on
    the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love
    those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax
    collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do
    you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so?
    Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is
    Romans 12:17-21 NIV
    Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the
    eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at
    peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave
    room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will
    repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed
    him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will
    heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but
    overcome evil with good
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