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You have heard the saying, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may become sons of your Father in heaven for He makes His sun to rise on the wicked and the good alike, and sends rain on both those who do right and those who do wrong. For if you love only those who love you, what reward have you earned? Do not even the tax-gatherers do as much? And if you show courtesy only to your friends, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the heathen do as much? You must therefore become perfect, even as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Therefore, whatever you wish that men should do to you, do even so to them.
The Love That Makes Men Brothers.
And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other just as God in Christ also has forgiven you. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you, and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. Ephesians 4:31–5:2
For love of Christ being golden rule to all. Therefore, if love for one another is going to flourish and grow in our church, we must be rooted more deeply in love. In other words becoming a loving person means living with Purpose of your life foundation build in the love of Christ for you. Being loved by Christ is the ground of becoming loving. And the foundation laid to the ground is the faith that you are loved.
1 John 4:16 that describes about this love:
So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and
Whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. (ESV)

We know what love is by this, that Christ laid down his life for us so we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has this world’s wealth and looks on while his brother is in need and shows no sympathy for him, how can the love of God remain in him? My dear children, let us show our love not with words nor with our lips only, but by deeds and sincerity.
John 15:9-17 ESV As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. …

Beloved, let us love one another, for love comes from God and everyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. He who loves not man does not know God, for God is love. God showed his love for us, for he sent his only Son into the world that through him we might have life John 1:14. His love is shown in this, not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the sacrifice that made possible the forgiveness of our sins.
We ourselves know and believe in the love that God has for us. God is love, and he whose life is full of love lives in God and God lives in him. In love there is no fear, but perfect love drives out all fear, for fear means punishment, and he who fears has not become perfect in love. We love him because he first loved us.1John 4:16-19
But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. Mathew 5:22-25
Moreso, we should able to Learn how to make peace with your brother so that God will accept your prayers and sacrifice, to have an eternal life from our God the Father. In addition, we should settle the dispute with him while there is still time, before you are summoned to court. Once you are there, he will hand you over to the judge, who will hand you over to the police, and you will be cast to prison.
If anyone says, “”I love God,”” and yet hates his brother, he is a liar for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen. And we have this command from him that he who loves God is to love his brother also.
If we have kept His Commandments my commandments And Love Him Our Father in Heaven Whom we have not seen Him will love you to through faith in salvation. John 14:7. Let’s be doers of the word than be listeners. John 14:21 ESV Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”
And the key to believing the love that God has for us is seeing it revealed in the word of Scripture. A few people were allowed to see Jesus in the flesh and touch him and watch him teach and heal and suffer and die and rise. We might feel jealous that our faith in the love of Christ can’t be based on that kind of first hand sight and touch. But that was not God’s plan. When Jesus prayed for his disciples in John 17:20, he said, “[Father], I do not ask in behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word.” It was the plan of God that we come to faith, not by seeing the love of Christ in the flesh, but by seeing the love of Christ in the word of those who knew him
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ, is a child of God and everyone who loves the Father, loves every child of his. We know that we are his children when we love him and obey his commands, for love for God means obeying his commands. And his commands are not hard to follow, for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And our faith is the power that conquers the world. Who is the conqueror of the world but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
Now the confidence that we have in God is this, that he listens to us whenever we ask anything in accordance with his will. And if we know that he listens to whatever we ask, we know that we have the things which we have asked from him.
Concentrating on the Depth of Christ’s Love for Us
I hope this will help you prepare yourself in prayer and meditation for what’s coming. And I hope it will help you know when God is moving you to invite others to attend with you. My aim is that our love for one another and for those outside would grow and deepen. But this will happen only as we are rooted—that is, as we believe—more and more deeply in the love of Christ for us. And that belief comes by seeing the depth of Christ’s love for us revealed in his Word. Ephesians 3:17-19 ESV So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

The phrase “love of Christ” used in the New Testament refers to His love for humanity. Jesus shows His love toward us in many ways, ultimately proving it through His death and resurrection from the dead.
Furthermore we can recognize someone’s love for us as follows:
 First, by what it costs him: if He sacrifices His life for us, it assures us of deeper love than if he only sacrifices a few bruises. So we will see the depth of Christ’s love by the greatness of what it cost him.
 Second, by how little we deserve it. If we have treated him well all our life, and have done all that he expects of us, then when he loves us, it will not prove as much love as it would if he loved us when we had offended him, and shunned him, and disdained him. The more undeserving we are, the more amazing and deep is his love for us. So we will see the depth of Christ’s love in relation to how undeserving are the objects of his love (Romans 5:5–8).
 Third, by the greatness of the benefits we receive in being loved. If we are helped to pass an exam, we will feel loved in one way. If we are helped to get a job, we will feel loved another way. If we are helped to escape from an oppressive captivity and given freedom for the rest of our life, we will feel loved another way. And if we are rescued from eternal torment and given a place in the presence of God with fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore, we will know a depth of love that surpasses all others (1 John 3:1–3). So we will see the depth of Christ’s love by the greatness of the benefits we receive in being loved by him
 Fourth, by the freedom with which they love us. If a person does good things for us because someone is making him, when he doesn’t really want to, then we don’t think the love is very deep. Love is deep in proportion to its liberty. Jesus shows His liberty and love to us through “No one takes my life from me; I lay it down of my own accord” (John 10:18).
Jesus Christ Was Sinless and perfect, the Most Worthy of Living Christ was the most kind and caring and wise and courageous man who ever lived. Peter testified, “He committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in his mouth” (1 Peter 2:22). Even his enemies knew they could find no fault in him (Matthew 22:16) “I find no guilt in him,” Pilate said (John 19:6). So the life he gave for us was no ordinary life of human value—which would be great enough. It was a sinless life. A life of perfectly balanced joy and sorrow, tenderness and toughness, justice and mercy, grief and anger, speech and silence, prayer and action. This life, of all the lives that have ever lived, was the most valuable life. The most worthy of living, the least worthy of dying. This is the life he gave for you—that you might live.
Conclusion
The life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered Himself up for me. 2Timothy 2:15 ESV Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth. In addition we are Encouraged to have hope in His unconditional love evident in .2 Timothy 1:7 ESV For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
Discussion Question
1. How Personally Should We Take This Love?
2. We should ask ourselves, how personally should we take this demonstration of love?
3. Should you feel personally loved this way this morning and later on today and tomorrow morning?
4. Or should it remain a kind of general, great, historic wonder that you look at from a distance with admiration—like the depths of the Grand Canyon? The answer is given by the testimony of the same writer, Paul, Galatians 2:20

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Table Of Contents

Introduction………………………………………………………………………………………… 2
An Explanation of the Study Guide……………………………………………………………….. 2
For Leaders………………………………………………………………………………………… 3
Lesson 1: Introduction to Finally Alive……………………………………………………………. 4
Lesson 2: What Is the New Birth? ………………………………………………………………… 6
Lesson 3: Why Must We Be Born Again? Part 1…………………………………………………. 8
Lesson 4: Why Must We Be Born Again? Part 2…………………………………………………. 10
Lesson 5: Born Again Through the Washing of Regeneration…..……………………………….12
Lesson 6: Born Again Through Faith in Jesus Christ……………………………………………. 14
Lesson 7: Born Again Through Intelligible Good News………………………………………….. 16
Lesson 8: The New Birth Overcomes the World…………………………………………………. 18
Lesson 9: Regeneration, Faith, Love……………………………………………………………… 20
Lesson 10: Freedom from the Practice of Sinning………………………………………………. 22
Lesson 11: Loving Others with the Love of God………………………………………………….. 24
Lesson 12: Helping Others Be Born Again………………………………………………………. 26
Appendix: Leading Productive Group Discussions………………………………………………. 28

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