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7 Keys to the God-Blessed Life (#2): Love God

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Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message #140

TEXT: John 19:25-27

Last week, we began this series of messages on how to live the God-blessed life. As you might recall, I shared with you that in the course of my life and walk with the Lord, from studying Scripture, and from observing the lives of other Christians, I believe there are 7 keys to living a God-blessed life.

1. Trust God.
2. Love God.
3. Fear God.
4. Meditate on the Word of God.
5. Obey God.
6. Pray to God
7. Be Faithful to God.

Last week, we looked at the topic of trusting God from the life of Abraham whom God called "from his country, his kindred, and his father's house" to go to a land that He would show him.

Today, we are going to look at the second key to living a God-blessed life from the example of the Apostle John, one of Jesus' disciples. John refers to himself in Scripture as the "beloved disciple" and, as you see in our passage for today, the "disciple whom Jesus loved." The love that God has for His children and the love that we should have for the Father is a recurring theme throughout the Gospel of John and John's three epistles. Some form of the word "love" is used 57 times in John's Gospel and another 33 times in John's first epistle. Leon Morris, the Australian New Testament scholar writes, "John uses both verbs [for love] more than twice as often as anyone else. Clearly love matters a good deal" to John.

We all are familiar with John 3:16 and other passages which speak of God's love for us, but how did John demonstrate his love for God? That is the question we are going to answer today.

+ Plus, listen to Philip Carter & SOV singing "I Love the Lord" and David Crowder Band singing "How He Loves"