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08/08/10 Love One Another Fervently!

Posted by Pastor Steve Siegrist on Monday, August 9, 2010 Under: Sermon

Text: 1 Peter 1:22-25 (HCSB)

“But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7 (HCSB)

Intro: “Do I have to?” When scriptures use the word fervently it means we are to love one another passionately, enthusiastically, eagerly, and excitedly.

Greek word & pronunciation: Fervently – ek-ten-oce’

There is no greater force than love. If two people truly love each other, they will do anything for the other. There is no greater bond on earth than true love. This is especially true of the love between believers. Why? Is there a difference between the love that believers have for one another and the love that neighbors have for one another? Scripture says yes, emphatically yes. Believers are to have a different kind of love than neighbors have for one another. The love that believers are to have for one another is what the Greek calls Philadelphian love, a very special kind of love. Philadelphian love means brotherly love, the very special love that exists between the brothers and sisters within a loving family, brothers and sisters who truly cherish each other. It is the kind of love ...

. that binds one another together as a family, as a brotherly clan.
. that binds one another in an unbreakable union.
. that holds one another ever so deeply within the heart.
. that knows deep affection for one another.
. that nourishes and nurtures one another.
. that shows concern and looks after the welfare of one another.

We are to have unfeigned love for our Christian brothers. Unfeigned means genuine, sincere, without pretension, hypocrisy, or play-acting. We are not to pretend, play, and act like we love one another; we are to love one another genuinely and sincerely.

1. Love one another fervently with a purified soul: vs. 22 “By obedience to the truth, having purified yourselves for sincere love of the brothers, love one another earnestly from a pure heart.”

There can be no mistake about the importance of love: "See that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently." The word "fervently" does not mean 'with warmth' but rather 'with full intensity'." It literally means to stretch love fully out or to love one another in an all out manner.

Believers are to love one another because they have purified their souls. This means that the soul of a true believer is cleansed of sin. He is forgiven and purified from every sin he has ever committed. His soul is pure and clean, completely free from all guilt and moral dirt, pollution, and corruption. The true believer is no longer guilty of any misbehavior or sin, no matter what it is. He stands before God with a pure and clean soul, a soul that is perfect and acceptable to God.

Obedience to the truth is what cleanses the soul. The believer obeys the truth and as he obeys the truth, the Spirit of God continually cleanses his soul from sin. A person is cleansed only while he is walking in the truth, only while he is obeying the truth of God's light. When a person walks in the light of the truth, the Spirit cleanses his soul through the blood of Christ. "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin" 1 John 1:7

This is the reason we are to love our brothers. God has cleansed our souls from sin for the very purpose of loving others, and we are obedient when we love them. It is a circle: we are obedient when we love them and we love them when we are obedient. God has cleansed our souls so that we can love people with a clean and pure heart - with no restraints of guilt or shame or weakness whatsoever. Therefore, let us love one another in the freedom of a pure and clean soul.

“I give you a new commandment: love one another. Just as I have loved you, you must also love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35 (HCSB)

Love one another fervently with a purified soul then:

2. Love one another fervently with a Born again relationship: vs. 23 “Since you have been born again - not of perishable seed but of imperishable - through the living and enduring word of God.”

Believers are to love one another because they have been born again by the Word of God. They have been spiritually created into new men and new women, created anew by God to be brothers and sisters to one another and to love one another.

First, believers are not born again by corruptible seed, that is, not by the seed of mere man who is corruptible. The seed of a corruptible man is: abusive, self-seeking, hypocritical, prideful, angry, deceptive, envious, snobbish, selfish, jealous, withdrawn, arrogant, bitter, neglectful, and hateful to mention only a few!

This is the behavior of corruptible seed; it is the nature of human beings. It is the way man acts toward others. But this is not to be the nature of believers, for believers have been born again.

, believers are born again by the incorruptible seed, by the Word of God itself. God spoke and convicted us and led us to repent of our sins and turn to Him. It may have happened when we were reading God's Word or thinking about God or when we were listening to some preacher proclaim God's Word. It does not matter when or how we were born again. What matters is that it has happened. When we turned from sin to God, God spoke the Word and quickened our spirits, making them alive to Him and His Word.

God's Word is the incorruptible seed; it is the seed that is planted within our hearts and lives. The word incorruptible means that it does not perish. Imagine! The Word of God recreates us, and it is incorruptible. This means a most wonderful thing: we are incorruptible; we will not age, perish, deteriorate, or decay. As this verse says, "the Word of God...lives and abides forever."Therefore, we shall live and abide forever.

As born again brothers and sisters, God has put His incorruptible Word into our hearts. And the very first Word or commandment to believers is to love one another. Therefore, we must love one another with a pure heart fervently. We must obey God.

"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new" 2 Corinthians 5:17

Love one another fervently with a purified soul then Love one another fervently with a Born again relationship and:

3. Love one another fervently with a knowing spirit that endures forever: vs. 24-25 “For All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like a flower of the grass. The grass withers, and the flower drops off, 25 but the word of the Lord endures forever. And this is the word that was preached as the gospel to you.”

Believers are to love one another because their flesh withers and falls away ever so quickly. Life is ever so short. No matter how much glory man achieves, he ages, wrinkles, deteriorates, and passes off the scene. His flesh is no more than the grass that withers, and the glory of his flesh is no more than the flower that falls away.

The believer endures forever: "the Word of the Lord endureth forever". The Word of the Lord lives in the heart and life of the believer. Therefore, the believer lives forever. What is this word that endures forever? It is the Word of the gospel that is preached to you. If we receive the word of the gospel - really bring it into our lives - it will live within us forever and keep us living forever.

The point: believers have received the Word of the Lord into their lives. Therefore, they are going to be living together forever. We are the family of God. Therefore, we are to live and act like the family of God; we are to love one another with a pure heart fervently.

"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life" John 5:24 (KJV)

“The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of our God remains forever.” Isaiah 40:8 (HCSB)

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