“The Shape Of Love: The Cross” | John 15:9-14 Bible Study

First streamed on 2.15.23. First posted on 2.17.23.

Also see the previous study on John 15:9-14. For more context, please see the previous study on John 15:1-8 (“Foreign or Fruitful?”).

Regardless of what the culture says, true love is shaped like the cross of the Christ.

It entails vertical love for God (i.e., loyal obedience (Dt 6:5, 10:12, 11:1; Jn 14:15, 21, 23-24, 15:14, 1 Jn 5:2-3, etc.)) and horizontal love for others (Lev 19:18; Jn 15:12; 1 Jn 3:16; Rom 12:10, 13:9; Heb 13:1, etc.) — sacrificially striving for their good.

The greatest commandments concern loving the LORD (Dt 6:5) and loving our neighbors (Lev 19:18) (see Mt 22:37-40). And there’s no greater love than the sacrifice of the Savior (Jn 15:13).

No matter your relationship status is, Christ thinks you are to die for.

So, not just on Valentine’s Day, but everyday, let’s seek to be like the real St. Valentine(s) (who were martyred ministers!) – and exemplify sacrificial, Christ-like, cross-shaped love.

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