Torrey - Man -13.3- How should we love?

III. HOW SHOULD WE LOVE? 1 Corinthians 16:24 "My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen."

First Proposition: We should love in Christ Jesus.

Christ Jesus is the author of our love. It is for His sake that we love. Our special love to the brethren is because of their special relation to Him. Romans 12:9 RV — "Let love be without hypocrisy."

Second Proposition: We should love without hypocrisy.

Much professed love is a mere pretense. Much calling of one another "brother" is the hollowest formalism. Our love should be genuine, unfeigned. 1 John 3:18 — "My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth."

Third Proposition: We should not love merely in word, neither in tongue, but in deed and in truth; not in saying, but in doing; not in profession, but in practice. 1 Peter 4:8 — "And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves; for charity shall cover the multitude of sins." 1 Peter 1:22 RV — "Seeing ye have purified your souls in your obedience to the truth unto unfeigned love of the brethren, love one another from the heart fervently."

Fourth Proposition: We should love from the heart, fervently; or rather, intensely. Philippians 1:9 — "And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment." 1 Thessalonians 3:12 — "And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you."

Fifth Proposition: We should love aboundingly.

No mean, reluctant, or stingy outgoings of love. Matthew 19:19 — "Honor thy father and thy mother: and thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." Romans 13:8-9 — "Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, thou shalt not commit adultery, thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, thou shalt not bear false witness, thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." Galatians 5:14 "For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself."

Sixth Proposition: We should love our neighbor as ourself. John 13:34 RV — "A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; even as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." John 15:12 RV — "This is my commandment, that ye love one another, even as I have loved you."

Seventh Proposition: We should love the brethren even as Christ loved us.

QUESTION: How much was that?

ANSWER: John 15:13 — "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." 1 John 3:16 — "Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren."