Sunday, May 10, 2009

The Love of God - Part 4 "Love your Brother"

Our Great Commission
The Love of God
Part 4: Loving your Brother
Pastor Bruce A. Shields
House of Faith – |


6:00PM Evening Service at the church –
“Seminary Students will be preaching”


† Maturing in Christ
† Understanding in Christ

This Series: The Love of God

Part 1: The Love of God
Part 2: Love your Neighbor
Part 3: Love your Neighbor II

TODAY’S SERMON: Our Great Commission
The Love of God
Part 4: Loving your Brother


Loving your Brother

• Jesus said, “If you love me, you will obey my commands.”
• The Great Commission, Jesus said “Teach them to obey all that I have commanded you.”


I John 4:20-21
20If 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. 21And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.

I John 3:14
14We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death.

I John 3:16-18
16This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. 17If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? 18Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.

I John 3:10
10This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.

I John 2:10
10Whoever loves his brother lives in the light, and there is nothing in him[a] to make him stumble.

What is Love? What is Hate?
Patience (lack of complaint) Impatient (Complaining about people)
Annoyed, edgy, irritated, intolerant

Kindness (Compassion / Sympathy) Cruel (no compassion / no sympathy)
Pitiless, malicious, vindictive

Not envious (to like) Resentful and Spiteful

Not boastful (don’t brag) To be conceited, arrogant and vain
Full of yourself, bragging, immodest

Not prideful (to be humble) Pride in ones self

Not Rude Impolite, offensive, bad mannered, foul
Vulgar, discourteous

Not Self-seeking (selfishness) selfish, self-centered, egotistic,
Egocentric, egotistical, self-absorbed

Not easily angered annoyed, enraged, frustrated

Keeps no record of wrong remembers every wrong done

Does not delight in evil Happy when people “get what they deserve”

Rejoices with the truth

Always protects

Always trusts

Always hopes

Always perseveres
Love never fails
Matthew 5:38
38"You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.'[g] 39But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

Matthew 18:21, Peter asks “How many times shall I forgive my Brother…up to seven?”

Jesus replies, 70 times 7 times….

490 years had passed between Jesus and the last prophet, and God still forgave, and so should we.

The Lord shows us many times in scriptures where we are to forgive our Brothers.

Joseph forgives his brothers in Genesis 45 & 50

Moses forgives the Israelites in Numbers 12

David forgives Saul in 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel

To show love and not hate towards our Brothers in Christ.

To forgive, and move towards a closer relationship with the Lord.

You can have this today…