Sunday Morning, February 14, 2016

What’s Love Got To Do With It?

John 3:16 ~ For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
  • The entire Gospel comes to a focus in this verse. God’s love is not static or self-centered; it reaches out and draws others in.
  • Here God sets the pattern of true love, the basis for all love relationships – if you love someone dearly; you are willing to give freely to the point of self-sacrifice.
Matthew 22:37Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
  • Jesus says that if we truly love God and our neighbor, we will naturally keep the commandments. This is looking at God’s law positively.
  • Rather than worrying about all we should not do, we should concentrate on all we can do to show our love for God and others.
Matthew 6:25-34
  • Because God loves us, He cares for us.
  • God tells us in these verses that the birds of the air, the lilies of the field, nor the grass of the field takes thought about how they are going to be clothed or arrayed, so why should we.
  • God is going to take care of these, and the same God will take care of us because he loves us.
John 17:23 ~ I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
  • Jesus prayed for unity among the believers based on the believers’ oneness with him and the Father.
  • Christians can know unity among themselves if they are living in union with God.
Matthew 9:5-6For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.
  • Talk is cheap, but our words lack meaning if our actions do not back them up. As Jesus did here, His actions back up his words.
  • We can say we love God or others, but if we are not taking practical steps to demonstrate that love, our words are empty and meaningless.
Luke 6:35But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.
  • Love means action. One way to put love to work is to take the initiative in meeting specific needs.
  • This is easy to do with people who love us, people whom we trust; but love means doing this even to those who dislike us or plan to hurt us.
Mark 10:21Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
  • Jesus showed genuine love for this man, even though he knew he might not follow him.
  • Love is able to give tough advice; it doesn’t hedge around the truth.
  • Christ loved us enough to die for us, and he also loves us enough to talk straight to us.
  • If his love were superficial, he would give us only approval; but because his love is complete, he give us life-changing challenges.
Acts 2:47Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
  • A healthy Christian community attracts people to Christ.
  • The Jerusalem church’s zeal for worship and brotherly love was contagious.
  • A health, loving church will grow.
What are you doing to make your church the kind of place that will attract others to Christ?
Pastor Andy Lambert

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