Grace Bible Church
Pastor Teacher
Robert R. McLaughlin
Learn about the Love that GOD desire for us to know and experience.

Here is Joh 15 beginning with the unity that exists between the Lord and the believer and the Lord and His logistical support for following Him and His kingdom.

Every believer has the opportunity to glorify the Lord simply by keeping things simple such as the abundant life that has been made available for all of us.

The word abide which is the aorist active imperative of the Greek verb meno which means to remain, to stay, to abide, to continue to dwell, endure, be present, remain, or stand on your own.

The aorist tense means to abide, to be at rest, to remain, to stay, to continue to dwell, endure, be present, remain, or stand on your own.

It has the connotation of resting, relaxing, abiding, to continue, to remain, to stay, to dwell, or to endure.

This is a picture of the confident believer remaining or enduring together with the mind of Christ which is between you resting and you relaxing.

This is a love that is based upon thoughts not feelings or emotions.

The believer’s ignorance of the biblical subject of love results in failure to execute the divine commands regarding love in the scripture.

Love is a maximum concentration on someone or some thing.

We are not talking about “human love” with all of the conditions humans attach to it.

Secondly, love is a soulish attraction which expresses awe, admiration, devotion, craving, delight, affection, or passion.

Love is also the embodiment of soul function and concentration toward someone, so as to exclude them from the masses or majority.

Love is also related to the character of the individual and their amount of integrity.

When your scale of values changes from the teaching of doctrine, then your capacity for love develops.

Your capacity for love makes you enjoyable to be around because of your personal love for God.

Stimulation of emotion is not loving God.

Maximum doctrine in the soul is love for God.

Only doctrine in the soul gives any stability to love.

Until you have doctrine in your soul, you don’t have concentration, and therefore you cannot love God properly.

Personal love for God means you now have the ability to love your right man or right woman or friends.

Personal love for God is virtuous; personal love for human beings is virtue-dependent.

When God is the object of the believer’s personal love, it is classified as virtue-love (agape).

When human beings are the object of the believer’s personal love, it is classified as virtue dependent love.

Personal love as a virtue can only exist where the spiritual skills (filling of the Holy Spirit, cognition of doctrine, execution of the PPOG are ALL functioning TOGETHER.

Impersonal love for all mankind is the basis for problem solving in human relationships.

Even though most of you have heard what I’m about to say, we need to draw a distinction between personal and impersonal love.

Personal love always emphasizes the object of love.

Impersonal love always emphasizes the greatness and virtue of the subject.

Personal love in the human race is always conditional; there are always strings attached.

And you will never be relaxed in human relationships until you acquire impersonal love which is unconditional.

The only love that solves the problems of human interaction is impersonal unconditional love whereby the object can be acceptable or unacceptable, attractive or unattractive, obnoxious or pleasant.

I-L is the only way you will properly love and interact with people.

Personal love is directed toward a few people in friendship, romance, and marriage.

Impersonal love is directed toward all mankind.

Impersonal love calls for the highest professional standards.

Personal love toward human beings has no built-in virtue, and it has no virtue guarantee.

Impersonal love contains built-in virtue and therefore has capacity for true love in friendship, romance, marriage, and all other human interaction.

Love is not an emotion or a feeling, it is a system of thinking.

1TH 4:9   Now as to the love of the brethren, you have no need for {anyone} to write to you, for you yourselves are taught by God to love one another;

1Jo 4:16  And we have “come to know” and have believed the love which God has for us.

Rom 5:5   The love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

True biblical love is something that needs to be taught.

Personal love is based on attractiveness and rapport with the object.

Personal love is a possessive and subjective attitude toward a few.

Impersonal love is an objective and relaxed attitude toward the human race.

Personal love is the expression of man’s ego; (in a good way). Impersonal love is the expression of man’s virtue.

Personal love is vulnerable to arrogance and hypersensitivity.

The arrogance of a believer has deceived you.

JER 49:16   “As for the terror of you, The arrogance of your heart has deceived you, O you who live in the clefts of the rock, Who occupy the height of the hill. Though you make your nest as high as an eagle’s, I will bring you down from there,”

Impersonal love is free from arrogance, including jealousy, hatred, bitterness, vindictiveness, guilt, self-pity, implacability, and revenge.

Personal love only has virtue as it relates to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.

The virtue that is developed is the great problem solving device toward people.

Personal love in friendship, romance, or marriage must depend on something outside of that love for its virtue.

The instability of personal love is a source of many problems, often self-induced.

There are problems of personality conflicts along with antagonism.

There are problems of arrogance, jealousy, guilt, self-pity, hypersensitivity, and disorientation.

There are social problems, marital problems, and all kinds of interaction problems.

Do not mix libido with love 1CO 7:1    Now concerning the things about which you wrote, it is good for a man not to touch a woman.

Jude 21  “Keep yourselves in the love for God.”

Mat 22:37   “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all of your thinking.”

Love for God starts in the right lobe of the soul with doctrine, but it moves throughout your entire soul.

Jam 1:12 “Blessed is the person who perseveres under testing, because when he becomes approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.”

Personal love for God will cause the believer to persevere under testing for blessing.

Jam 2:5  “Listen, my beloved brethren, did God not choose the poor in the world’s estimation but rich in doctrine and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?”

Personal love for God the Father emphasizes the virtue of the object, and the object is God the Father.

Emphasis on the virtue and integrity of God as the perfect and virtuous object eliminates arrogance in the subject and brings about the genuine humility that goes with doctrine circulating in the soul.

When the believer loves God the Father, his motivation is compatible with the virtue of the object, not the merit of the subject.

There is no virtue in personal love as it relates to human beings; this applies to friendships, to romance, and to marriage.

  1. For the unbeliever, adherence to the laws of divine establishment, which reveals the morality of loving with God’s love.


  1. For the believer, Bible doctrine in the soul and the execution of the PPOG.

We especially know that because at the point of salvation, every believer passes the point of propitiation, placing himself under maximum divine love, 1Jo 2:2.

Because of the imputation of God’s own perfect righteousness, God can love every believer with maximum love in spite of the believer’s spiritual status, 1Jo 4:910.

One of the main reasons why God loves you personally so much is because God loves perfect righteousness,…..and you are perfectly righteous +R because you possess both loves in actions = +PL + IL.

Psa 11:7  For the Lord is righteous; He loves righteousness;

Psa 33:5  He loves righteousness and justice; 

Psa 37:28   For the Lord loves justice, 

Psa 45:7  Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated wickedness.

  1. The love of the Father for the Son, Joh 15:9.
  2. The (impersonal) love of God for all; Joh 3:16.
  3. The (personal) love of God for believers, Joh 16:27.
  4. The reference to Eors love as being sexual in the Bible.
  5. The (family love) or storge; Rom 8:28.


This includes personal love for God the Father, occupation with Christ, and fellowship with the Holy Spirit.

2Co 13:14  “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love for God [the Father], and the fellowship with the Holy Spirit be with all of you.”


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