Love Beyond The World – Gospel in Life

Love Beyond The World

Tim Keller |  April 5, 1992

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  • The Church (Unity, Fellowship, Leadership)
  • Christian Living and Obedience
  • Forgiveness
John 17:20-26
RS 26-14

John 17:20–26

In Jesus’ prayer in John 17, He expresses a deep desire for unity among believers and their connection with God. He highlights the importance of truth, holiness, mission, and unity. These things can’t be reached alone, but through community and relationships, challenging the idea of privacy and being self-focused. Sin makes us isolated, but with God’s love, we can experience real community, deep love, and unity, making Jesus’ message very powerful.

1. It’s costly

In the early Christian times, as seen in Acts 4, Christians showed love by being extremely hospitable and generous. They even sold their stuff to help each other out. The world often promotes relationships that are self-centered, which often end up being shallow and break easily during tough times. But, as Christians, we’re called to love in a way that costs us something, to genuinely care for others in a way that reflects the love of Christ.

2. It’s impartial

Christian unity, as the Bible teaches, is based on shared truth rather than shared hobbies or things in common. Believing in Jesus creates a bond among believers that goes beyond culture or language differences, bringing together people from all walks of life. This type of unity, which is clear for everyone to see, makes Christian relationships different from any other types of relationships.

3. It’s forgiving

Christian love is known for its commitment to forgiveness and making things right. Biblical teachings stress that this love is impartial, costly, and forgiving. It’s important to know that only God can judge, and if we feel superior or hold grudges against others, we are going against the nature of God’s love. This love, based on the understanding that God loves us as much as He loves His Son, is seen when broken relationships are healed, showing visible unity and love in the Christian community.



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