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The Way of Love

The Way of Love

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The Way of Love

In order to read the book of 1 John, we must rightly divide it. When the letter was
written, it was not subdivided into chapters and verses. That was done later by men in
an attempt to make the word more researchable and palatable for reading. When this
letter was divided, the division at chapter 5 was placed in the wrong place. I order to
understand the first few verses, it must be read in light of the last few verses of chapter

1 John 4:19-5:2 KJVR We love him, because he first loved us. (20) If a man
say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his
brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? (21)
And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his
brother also. (5:1) Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God:
and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.
(2) By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and
keep his commandments.

Translation is difficult so, read it out of the message bible

1 John 4:19-5:2 MSG We, though, are going to love--love and be loved. First we
were loved, now we love. He loved us first. (20) If anyone boasts, "I love God,"
and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar. If
he won't love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can't see?
(21) The command we have from Christ is blunt: Loving God includes loving
people. You've got to love both. (5:1) Every person who believes that Jesus is,
in fact, the Messiah, is God-begotten. If we love the One who conceives the
child, we'll surely love the child who was conceived. (2) The reality test on
whether or not we love God's children is this: Do we love God? Do we keep his

Read carefully verse 21.

Remember last week we studied how lover is the power behind faith (Gal 5.6) and how
this affected the scripture. When we read \u201cfaith\u201d or \u201cbelief\u201d it is possible to substitute

Read Heb 11.6, substituting \u201clove\u201d
Now look back carefully at 4.21. If we say we love God and we don\u2019t love people, can
we really say we love God?
1 John 5:3 KJVR For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments:
and his commandments are not grievous.
Grievous:bar\u00fas; Burdensome, in the pl. heavy burdens,
What are the commandments of God concerning love \u2013 need scripture?

Matthew 22:37-40 KJVR Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. (38) This is the first and great commandment. (39) And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. (40) On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

These commandments are not grievous, but are they easy?

Luke 18:18-25 KJVR And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what
shall I do to inherit eternal life? (19) And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou
me good? none is good, save one, that is, God. (20) Thou knowest the
commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear
false witness, Honor thy father and thy mother. (21) And he said, All these have
I kept from my youth up. (22) Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto
him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the
poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. (23) And
when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich. (24) And when
Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have
riches enter into the kingdom of God! (25) For it is easier for a camel to go
through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

Rich:plo\u00fasios; Figuratively meaning happy, prosperous, lacking nothing
To truly obey his commandments is best defined here.

John 6:55-68 MSG My flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. (56) By
eating my flesh and drinking my blood you enter into me and I into you. (57) In
the same way that the fully alive Father sent me here and I live because of him,
so the one who makes a meal of me lives because of me. (58) This is the Bread
from heaven. Your ancestors ate bread and later died. Whoever eats this Bread
will live always." (59) He said these things while teaching in the meeting place in
Capernaum. (60) Many among his disciples heard this and said, "This is tough
teaching, too tough to swallow." (61) Jesus sensed that his disciples were
having a hard time with this and said, "Does this throw you completely? (62)
What would happen if you saw the Son of Man ascending to where he came
from? (63) The Spirit can make life. Sheer muscle and willpower don't make
anything happen. Every word I've spoken to you is a Spirit-word, and so it is life-
making. (64) But some of you are resisting, refusing to have any part in this."
(Jesus knew from the start that some weren't going to risk themselves with him.
He knew also who would betray him.) (65) He went on to say, "This is why I told
you earlier that no one is capable of coming to me on his own. You get to me only
as a gift from the Father." (66) After this a lot of his disciples left. They no longer2

wanted to be associated with him. (67) Then Jesus gave the Twelve their chance: "Do you also want to leave?" (68) Peter replied, "Master, to whom would we go? You have the words of real life, eternal life.

Flesh = word
Blood = spirit
We must fully eat of his word and fully drink of his spirit. Any attempt to work through
the flesh or through your will is destined for failure and not acceptable.
How do we then justify the following verse?

Matthew 11:29-30 CEV Take the yoke I give you. Put it on your shoulders and
learn from me. I am gentle and humble, and you will find rest. (30) This yoke is
easy to bear, and this burden is light.

The key is found in verse 28
Matthew 11:28 KJVR Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I
will give you rest.
Part of our loving him is to set down every burden and pick up the burden he has for us.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 KJVR Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth
not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, (5) Doth not behave itself
unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; (6)
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; (7) Beareth all things,
believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Suffers long:makr othum\u00e9o\u0304 long suffering drawn from 2 words : makros \u2013 long

and thumos \u2013 wrath or anger
Kind:chre\u0304ste\u00faom ai; kind, obliging, willing to help or assist
Envy: zeloo: to covet earnestly
Vaunteth:perpereuomai brag
Puffed up:phusioo\u0304 proud and haughty

Unseemly:as che\u0304 moneo\u0304 behave self uncomely (unseemly).
Seek not own:dzay- teh'-oheautou seeks its own way
Not provoked:paroxuno\u0304

1) to make sharp, sharpen
1a) to stimulate, spur on, urge
1b) to irritate, provoke, arouse to anger

1b1) to scorn, despise
1b2) provoke, make angry
1b3) to exasperate, to burn with anger


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