The Line

Pastor Jay continues the series on War of the World – A Training Manual for “My Little Children”, with this week’s sermon “The Line” from 1 John 3:10b-18.

1 John 3:10b-18 (ESV)

By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.

Love One Another

For this is the message that you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brother’s righteous. Do not be surprised, brothers, that the world hates you. We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brothers. Whoever does not love abides in death. Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.

Brotherly love separates children of God from children of the evil one.

  • Resemblance to Cain separates you to the side of the evil one.
  • Brotherly love separates the living from the dead.
  • Brotherly love separates in obvious ways.
  • Brotherly love looks sacrificial.
  • Brotherly love looks practical.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • Do we become children of God by loving the brothers?
  • What did the pastor mean by “the line”?
  • Does the example of Christ’s love encourage you or discourage you to love others?
  • What examples of this love have you experienced?