In this audio talk, Mike Emlet argues that love is a vital, active, motion of our God toward his people that we are intended to imitate toward other people. A right understanding of love is a life and death matter. 1 John addresses the practice of love in the community of believers. Love is the litmus test of authentic Christian faith; assurance of salvation and love are intertwined. John exegetes faith as acts of love – faith without love is dead. Loving everybody in general may be an excuse for loving no one in particular.
Emlet examines three questions: 1.) What is the source of love? 2.) What does love look like? 3.) What is the impact of love? Emlet ends with a discussion of love as a community venture. We are an ordinary people loved by an extraordinary God.
Key Scriptures: 1 John 3-4; Romans 13; Ephesians 3; Luke 7; 1 Corinthians 13:4-7