1 John 3:16-24 / Love in Action (Sermon notes and Audio)

Posted on May 11, 2014


This is the fourteenth in a series of verse-by-verse expositions of the book of 1 John. This message was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on the evening of May 4, 2014. This message deals with the need to demonstrate love. This post contains an audio recording of my message, along with my sermon notes. Please note that the sermon notes are not a full transcript.

AUDIO – Listen Now:


1jon 3_16-24


1 John 3:16-24

In this verse, we see that God’s love is displayed in a person’s self-sacrificial attitude toward others.

Godly love dictates that we would give our life for another, rather than take another’s life.

This is the very work and teaching of Jesus Himself.

John 10:11

John 15:13

Once again, we see that our faith is manifest in our works.

It is proven by the demonstration of our love for the brethren.

True love is not limited to this type of supreme sacrifice, but shows up in lesser ones as well.

Genuine Christian love expresses itself in sacrificial giving to the needs of other Christians.

James echoes a similar thought.

James 2:15-17

He is emphasizing here, that our love needs to be demonstrated. This is a point which is really being stressed.

Anyone can claim to love, but claiming it is not enough.

Love is not a sentiment, but deeds.

Love is based in truth. . . which is Christ and His word.

John 14:6

Proverbs 30:5

Therefore, we should love as Christ loves, according to His word which He has given us.

As such, He tells us how to love.

With such a great emphasis on demonstrating our love, John now gives us 3 benefits of love.

The first benefit is assurance of salvation, since love in action is the test of Christian profession.

1 John 4:7

John 13:34-35

It is not uncommon for our heart (feelings) to lead us astray.

That’s one reason why God gives us the truth of His word.

To follow one’s heart is common advice, even among Christians, but it is terrible advice.

Follow God’s word is the advice we should be giving.

Sometimes our heart and God’s word do not agree, and whenever we begin to feel condemnation or insecurity, we need to tune out of our heart, and into God’s word.

We have seen clearly that God has provided us proofs, that we can know we belong to Him.

Displaying love as a pattern of life is the proof that believers stand uncondemned before God.

Once His word assures you of your salvation, you know that there is no condemnation for you.

Romans 8:1

Don’t let your heart condemn you or lead you astray.

Once our heart receives the assurance of the Word of God, we will have confidence about our relationship with God.

The second benefit of love is answered prayer.

Love is at the heart of obedience to the law, i.e. God.

Matthew 22:37-40

Romans 13:8-10

Its presence in your life is evidence of submission to God.

God blesses submissiveness by answered prayer.

These verses repeat 3 key features of this letter:

1) Believe
2) Love
3) Obey

The third benefit of love is the abiding presence of the Holy Spirit.

The mutual relationship, living in Christ as He lives in us, shows itself in Christians who keep these three essential commands:

(1) Believe in Christ

(2) love the brothers and sisters

(3) live morally upright lives.

The Spirit’s presence is not only spiritual, but it is also practical.

Our conduct verifies His presence, and His presence empowers us.

Posted in: Sermons