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“You Can Love Others"

February 5, 2023

David McNeely, Senior Pastor

We all need to love and be loved.

God is love.

You are loved.

We can love others.


  • 1 John 4:7-16 (NIV)


We can love others 


We love others by doing what is best for them in the long run.


Imperfectly, but sincerely (7-8, 11-12)


This is a call to action based on an internal motivation.


“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.” -Romans‬ ‭12‬:‭9‬-‭16‬ ‭(NIV‬‬)


Be devoted. 

Honor one another.  

Be zealous. 

Be present.

Share. 

Pursue peace.

Include.


Not convenient but compelling (v. 14)


Christ’s love compels people.


Discussion Questions:

  1. Have you loved someone else without that love being returned? If so, what was challenging about that, and how do you think that has impacted you?  
  2. If you were convinced that God truly, deeply, and profoundly loved you, how would that impact the way you loved others? What practical difference would that make?
  3. Do you think the typical person in the world feels truly loved? Do you think they feel deeply and profoundly loved? Why or why not?
  4. What sticks out to you about the charge Paul gives to us in Romans 12:9-16? What do you think God is trying to say to you?
  5. What kind of an impact would the church have on the world, if we were free to love others in the same way God has loved us?