Love in 5-D


- Love Jesus | Dr. Bill Shiell

Love in 5-D

Love in 5-D

Scripture Reference: 1 John 1:5-2:2

This morning, we talked about the five dimensions, or directions, of loving Jesus. More than just an emotion or a concept, resurrection love is a commitment that moves us together into the darkness. 1 John 1:5-2:2 describes it in 5 ways.

  1. Jesus cleanses us. (1 John 1:7)
    By shining his light on us, his blood cleanses us from the stain of sin past, present, and forever. Like the sacrificial system of Leviticus 16-17, now Jesus’s blood is a holy detergent on the stains of life.
  2. We love ourselves as imperfect people. (1 John 1:8, 10)
    We understand that we will always be dealing with sin in our lives. Even after we believe in Jesus, we continually need his cleansing.
  3. We confess our sins to Jesus. (1 John 1:9)
    As believers in Christ we decide not to live wallowing in our sinfulness. We confess to Jesus what he already knows. We agree with him that we understand what we’ve done, and that he’s the only one who can save us
  4. We have fellowship with other Christians in the church by accepting and confessing our imperfections. (1 John 1:7)
    Our confession is not a private experience. John writes in the first person plural. Our personal confession leads to an understanding that together the church is also a collection of imperfect people seeking Jesus’s forgiveness. Friends, families, and communities can benefit by admitting our weaknesses. Just as a seamstress learns by trial and error, so Christians grow through the mistakes. We learn through accepting one another’s weaknesses and viewing them as God’s way of working through us. As John writes, we don’t excuse sinful behavior; we trust in Jesus’s work to cleanse us.
  5. We shine Jesus’s love in the darkness. (1 John 2:1-2)
    Resurrection love compels us to shine his light in the darkness. By giving us the light of love, we take that light into the dark places of the world. Because his sacrifice is not just for the church, it’s also for the world, we decide to take the light into the darkness. Jesus calls us to be both the “City set on a hill” in Matthew 5 as well as the lights that move out, shining in the darkness (1 John 2).

Where is Jesus calling you to shine his resurrection love? Show that love in the same spirit of confession that you first expressed to Jesus. His light will shine through you.

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