LOVE,  A CHRISTIAN DUTY
                                                            Romans 12:9-10 (838)


   Introduction
        A.  The word “love” in the English language is somewhat peculiar.
              1.  It has been estimated that there are almost five million words in the English
                   language, but there is only one word for love.
              2.  This word is used for all degrees of love.  Illustration:
        B.  During the course of the lesson, we will consider two Greek words for love.
        C.  Let’s focus on sincere love, which is a Christian duty.  Romans 12:9-10
    I.  Love is sincere (without hypocrisy).  V9a

        A.  Illustration referring to a piece of pottery.

              1.  Love is to be with no wax.

        B.  Illustration of a Greek hypocrite.

              2.  Love is to be without a mask.

  II.  Love separates good from evil.  V9b

        A.  Love rejects evil.  Malice or unkindness.

              1.  Abhor means to turn from, to hate.  Proverbs 8:13 (490)

        B.  Love clings to the good.

              2.  Cling denotes the act of gluing.  Ephesians 4:32 (865)

  III.  Love gets involved.  V10a; 1 Peter1:22 (895)

        A.  Love is from the heart.

        B.  Note two Greek words for love:  “phileo which is the love of friendship, and “agape”
              which is unconditional love.  John 21:15-17 (800); John 13:34-35 (793)

  IV.  “In honor giving preference to one another.”  V10b

Conclusion

        A.  What is members of a congregational had agape love for one another?

        B.  Love is an act of the will.  John 13:34-35 (793)