The Guarantee Of Love The Vineyard Church Mid- Peninsula 1 John 3:14 • 14 If we love our brothers and sisters who are believers, it proves that we have passed from death to life. But a person who has no love is still dead. 3 Minimal Guarantees The minimal guarantee we must make is that we will love them—always, under every circumstance, with no exceptions. The second guarantee is that we will accept them totally, without reservation. The third thing we must guarantee people is that no matter how miserably they fail or how blatantly they sin, our unreserved forgiveness is theirs for the asking with no bitter taste left in anybody’s mouth. Agapao Definition 1.of persons 1.to welcome, to entertain, to be fond of, to love dearly 2.of things 1.to be well pleased, to be contented at or with a thing Attributes Of Agapao • 1. It acts then feels. (John 3:16) • 2. It gives without desiring compensation. The Love Commitment • “I want you to know that I’m committed to you. You’ll never knowingly suffer at my hands. I’ll never say or do anything, knowingly, to hurt you. I’ll always in every circumstance seek to help you and support you. If you’re down and I can lift you up, I’ll do that. Anything I have that you need, I’ll share with you; and if need be, I’ll give it to you. No matter what I find out about you and no matter what happens in the future, either good or bad, my commitment to you will never change. And there’s nothing you can do about it. You don’t have to respond. I love you, and that’s what it means.” 1 John 3:15 • 15 Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don’t have eternal life within them Love Is Not License • 1. Love always commits itself to the highest good for a person. • 2. Love always stands in the way of their destruction. Questions • 1. If a person is doing something contrary to what God has revealed in His word what is… • The highest good for the person? • How do we stand in the way of their destruction?