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Reasons to Love the Brethren - by Michael Phillips
1 John - Part 12
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1 John 4:7-12
Aug 19, 2018 am - If I counted correctly, today's New Testament Lesson marks the seventh time 1 John tells us to love the brethren. This would be remarkable, even in the much longer Gospel of John, but in an Epistle you could easily read in five minutes? It just goes to show you how important Brotherly Love once was to John-how important it still is to his Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ. Love for your brothers and sisters in Christ is an irreplaceable part of your discipleship, without which, you ought to wonder if you're a disciple at all! Do faith and obedience matter? Of course they do! But no more than Brotherly Love. It's one of those things you must have to be a follower of Christ in this world-or to have a part in the world to come. Little children, let us love one another. This is what our Lord wants us to do, and by His Word and Spirit, what He enables us to do, however imperfectly. This is why we ought to be challenged by the duty to love one another, but not overwhelmed by it. If left to ourselves, we'd love no one but ourselves. But we're not left to ourselves, for John has already told us- He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. THE ADDRESS V.7 begins a new paragraph, ... More >>>

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