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Love One Another

Heb. 13:1-8, 12-19


Introduction

I do not know of anyone who denies that Christians ought to love one another. At times putting this love into our lifestyle makes a difficult situation. Some one took the chorus of this song and changed it by adding these words: “When by His grace I shall look on His face, That will be glory, be glory for me. But to live below with the saints I know that is a different story. Even if at times it is difficult to love some fellow Christian we must, Love One Another.


 

1.    Display Love For One Another Through . . Ministries. 13:1-4

 

       A.   Display Love Through Ministries of . . Hospitality. 13:1-2

 

              1.    The . . Showing of Hospitality. v 1-2a

1 Let brotherly love continue. 2 Don’t neglect to show hospitality, . . .”

 

              2.    The . . Surprises of Hospitality. v 2b

“. . . for by doing this some have welcom- ed angels as guests without knowing it.

 

       B.   Display Love Through Ministries To . . Prisoners. 13:3a

              Remember the prisoners, as though you were in prison with them,


Illustration

My deacon friend told me Florida has an abundance of Prison. So many churches have a prison ministry.

 

       C.   Display Love Through Ministries to the . . Mistreated. 13:3b

              “. . . and the mistreated, as though you yourselves were suffering bodily.

 

       D.   Display Love Through Ministries In . . Marriage. 13:4

4 Marriage must be respected by all, and the marriage bed kept undefiled, because God will

       judge immoral people and adulterers.

 

Illustration  The Pianist

An elderly widow, restricted in her activities, was eager to serve Christ. After praying about this, she realized that she could bring blessing to others by playing the piano. The next day she placed this small ad in the Oakland Tribune: ?Pianist will play hymns by phone daily for those who are sick and despondent?the service is free.? The notice included the number to dial. When people called, she would ask, ?What hymn would you like to hear??


Within a few months her playing had brought cheer to several hundred people. Many of them freely poured out their hearts to her, and she was able to help and encourage them. Source unknown


Application


Display Love For One Another Through . . Ministries.




 

2.   Display Love For One Another Through . . Money. 13:5-6

 

       A.   Display Love Through The Proper . . Appreciation of Money. v 5a

5 Your life should be free from the love of money....”


Illustration

Measure wealth not by the things you have, but by the things you have for which you would not take money.

 

       B.   Display Love Through The Proper . . Acceptance of Money. v 5b

“. . . Be satisfied with what you have, . . .”


Illustration

My deacon friend in Florida started saving in his retirement program, retired at 55 and built his dream on the Gulf of Mexico.

 

       C.   Display Love Through The Proper . . Appraisal of Money. v 5c-6

“. . . for He Himself has said, I will never leave you or forsake you. 6 Therefore, we may boldly say: The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?

 

Illustration  Bridegroom

Prospective father-in-law to daughter’s suitor: ?How much money do you have in the bank??


Young man: ?I don?t know. I haven’t shaken it lately.?

Source unknown


Application


Display Love For One Another Through . . Money.


 

 

3.   Display Love For One Another Through . . Ministers. 13:7-9, 17-19

 

       A.   Display Our Love For Ministers Through Our . . Imitation. 13:7

7 Remember your leaders who have spoken God’s word to you. As you carefully observe the

       outcome of their lives, imitate their faith.

 

       B.   Display Our Love For Ministers Through Their . . Imitation. 13:8

8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

 

       C.   Display Love For Ministers Through . . Internship. 13:17

17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will

       give an account, so that they can do this with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.

 

       D.   Display Love For Ministers Through . . Intercession. 13:18-19

18 Pray for us; for we are convinced that we have a clear conscience, wanting to conduct ourselves

       honorably in everything. 19 And I especially urge you to pray that I may be restored to you very soon.

 

Illustration         Chain letter

A Lutheran newsletter has some tongue-in-cheek suggestions for church members unhappy with their pastor: ?Simply send a copy of this letter to six other churches who are tired of their ministers. Then bundle up your pastor and send him to the church at the top of the list. Add your name to the bottom of the list. In one week you will receive 16,436 ministers, and one of them should be a dandy. Have faith in this letter. One man broke the chain and got his old minister back.?

Source unknown

Application


Display Love For One Another Through . . Ministers.



 

4.    Display Love For One Another Through . . Mortification. 13:12-14


Introduction

Did you ever hear someone say they were mortified because of a very embarrassing situation. I want to remind you that Christ died in a mortifying manner. He was crucified which is a death for criminals, and it was outside the camp, causing further derogation. He was paraded naked through the streets out to the cross, and then lifted up for all to see, and for some to ridicule.

 

       A.   Display Our Love Through . . Recognition For The Mortification of Christ 13:12

              12 Therefore Jesus also suffered outside the gate, so

       that He might sanctify the people by His own blood.

 

       B.   Display Our Love Through . . Recreation Of The Mortification of Christ 13:12

13 Let us then go to Him outside the camp, bearing

       His disgrace. 14 For here we do not have an enduring

       city; instead, we seek the one to come.


 

Illustration         Drowned for Faithfulness

Margaret Wilson, a Scottish girl of eighteen, was tied to a stake where the tide was due to come in. The water covered her while she was engaged in prayer; but before life was gone, they pulled her up till she recovered the power of speech, when she was asked by Major Windram, who commanded, if she would pray for the king.


She replied that she ?wished the salvation of all men, and the damnation of none.? ?Dear Margaret,? said one of the by-standers, deeply affected, ?say God save the king.? She answered with great steadiness, ?God save him, if he will, for it is his salvation I desire.? ?Sir, they cried to the major, ?she has said it; she has said it!? The major, approaching her on hearing this, offered her the abjuration oath, charging her instantly to swear it, otherwise to return to the water. The poor young woman...firmly replied, ?I will not; I am one of Christ?s children! Let me go.? Upon which she was again thrust into the water, and drowned.


Margaret Wilson?Early 1680s?drowned for faithfulness to the Reformation.



Application


Display Love For One Another Through . . Mortification for Christ.



 

5.    Display Love For One Another Through . .

       Messianic Messages

 

       A.   Display Our Love For Messianic Messages Through Our . . Consistency. 13:15

15 Therefore, through Him let us continually offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit

       of our lips that confess His name.

 

       B.   Display Our Love For Messianic Messages Through Our . . Communication. 13:15

16 Don’t neglect to do good and to share, for God is pleased with such sacrifices. (HCSB)

 

Illustration  Amazing Soul Winner

Charlie Hainline is a layman at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He is a man who radiates the love of Christ, and is serious about sharing his faith with others. One year, his goal was to lead 1650 people to faith in Christ (5 a day)!! Once, he was out witnessing with a couple of other folks, and though he didn’t share the gospel, he sat there and smiled broadly as a teammate did. When the teammate was finished and asked if the person would like to trust Christ and receive the gift of eternal life, the person replied, “If being a Christian would make me like him (point to Charlie), I want it!”


Charlie’s life wasn’t a bed of roses by any means. His daughter was kidnapped, killed, and her head was found floating in a canal. When the murderer of his daughter was caught and convicted, Charlie went to jail in order to witness to the man. Source unknown


Display Love For One Another Through . . Ministries.


Display Love For One Another Through . . Money.


Display Love For One Another Through . . Ministers.


Display Love For One Another Through . . Mortification.


Display Love For One Another Through . . Messianic Messages.