“Digging Deeper” is an opportunity for you to continue the study of God’s Word throughout the week.
“LOVE ONE ANOTHER”
1 John 3:11
For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
“One Another” is a phrase that is used throughout the New Testament by various writers and in numerous contexts. This week, we will look at five “One Another” statements starting with “Love One Another”. Jesus taught that the greatest command is to love God and the second is to love your neighbor as yourself (Matt. 22:37-40). This two-part emphasis can also be observed in the Ten Commandments.
The Ten Commandments in Two Categories:
1. Man’s Relationship To God (1-4)
• No other gods
• No carved images
• Do not take the name of God in vain
• Remember the Sabbath
2. Man’s Relationship to Each Other (5-10)
• Honor your father and your mother
• You shall not murder
• You shall not commit adultery
• You shall not steal
• You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor
• You shall not covet
“Love the Lord”……………………….Commandments 1-4
“Love your neighbor”………………Commandments 5-10
***THE LAW SHOWS US LOVE***
John MacArthur writes, “Since the beginning of gospel proclamation, love has been a central theme of Christianity. This phrase (Love One Another) highlights the habit of love displayed by those possessing the new nature. Love is not merely an optional duty for someone claiming to be a Christian, but proof positive that one truly has been born again.”
Religion apart from other people may be personal, but it’s not powerful. The health and maturity of our relationship with God can be directly measured by the health and maturity of the relationships we have with the people God has put in our lives. How we treat one another matters to God.
Question: How can you do a better job of “Loving One Another” today?