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Loving One Another[Jude 11-25]

Loving One Another

Let's Pray:
Lord Jesus, thank You that there is such a divine love, a mutual love, from the Father to You, from You to us, and now from us to You. Thank You, Lord, we love You with Your love.
Hymn: 1278(Hymn: In the church of Jesus there is love for you  https://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/h/1278)

In the church of Jesus there is love for you,
Love most pure and tender, love most deep and true;
Why should you be lonely, why for friendship sigh,
When the church of Jesus has a full supply?

In the church of Jesus there's a place for you;
Glorious, bright, and joyous, right and peaceful too;
Why then like a wand'rer, roam with weary pace,
If the church of Jesus holds for you a place.

Today's Verses :     Jude 11-25
Key Verses:
1 John. 4:9  In this the love of God was manifested among us, that God sent His only begotten Son into the world that we might have life and live through Him.
1 John. 4:11Beloved, if God has loved us in this way, we also ought to love one another.
1 John. 4:12No one has beheld God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.
Life Supply:  
Love is the essence of God’s nature. When we have Him as our divine life, we have the nature of this life, which is love. We Christians, the children of God, have a life that aspires to live rightly with everyone and everything and also aspires to love others. We have such an aspiration because of the divine nature within us.

In 3:16 John says … that Christ laid down His soul life, His psuche life, for us, not His divine life, His zoe life. For Christ to lay down His soul for us means that He laid down His human life on our behalf. Now we ought to lay down our lives on behalf of the brothers. This means that, if necessary, we should die for them. We have within us such a loving life that longs to die for others and is able to die for them. The divine life within us, the zoe, longs to love others and even die for them if necessary. We are able to do this because we have the divine life.

The livelihood of the world in verse 17 refers to material things, to the necessities of life. In verse 18, deed is versus word, and truth versus tongue. Tongue denotes the play of vain talk. Truth denotes the reality of love. Truth denotes sincerity, in contrast with tongue, as deed with word. Truth here denotes the genuineness, the sincerity, of God as a divine virtue becoming a human virtue as an issue of the divine reality. Therefore, the truth in this verse is the reality of God becoming our virtue.

John says that we should not love the brothers merely in word or in tongue, not merely telling the saints that we love them. This is not love in truth, love in reality. To love the saints in truth or reality means to love them in the divine reality that becomes our virtue, something that is honest, faithful, sincere, and real. We should love the brothers in this way. Of course, this kind of love in truth includes a love that supplies the needy ones with material things or money when necessary. We should not love the brothers with vain words; we should love them in truth and even with our livelihood. (Life-Study of 1 John, Msg. 27, 28)

Questions:

    1.       What is to practice the divine love? (See 1 John 4:11-12, 12 note 1,note 2, and note 3)

    2.      Why do we have to love in deed and truthfulness? (See 1 John 3:18 note 2) 

    3.       How do we keep ourselves in the love of God? (See Jude 21 note 1)

Tomorrow: The Seven Spirit Who Are before the God's Throne