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How Love Behaves

How God Loves Me, Everyday

How God Loves Me, Everyday

3 Plagues of the modern mind

  • Stress-

  • Anxiety-

  • Loneliness-

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. Romans 8:26-30

How God loves me, everyday

1.  God is constantly working for us, behind the scenes.

The Spirit helps us in our weakness

the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.

2.  God brings some kind of good out of every situation.


And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

3.  God shapes me to become more like Jesus.

For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.

4.  God is on my side!

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 NIV

  • IN response to stress, I remember God is working with me.

  • IN response to anxiety, I know that God is bringing good to me.

  • IN response to loneliness, I proclaim that God is on my side and that he loves me.

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-38



Love Challenges

Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. 15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” Luke 17:11-19 NIV

  1. Love challenges thanklessness .

  • “Thank you” are beautiful words to Jesus.

  • “Thank you” acknowledges the help of the giver.

Father, I thank you that you have heard me. John 11:41b NIV

  • “Thank you” offers hope and joy to the giver.

2. Love challenges gracelessness.

“Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults—unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging.”  Matthew 7:1-2 (Message)

3. Love challenges thoughtlessness.

“Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Matthew 7:24-27

Accepting the love challenge

  1. Throw thanksgiving around, like confetti.

Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 NLT
2. Let grace flow instead of judgement.
3. Simply cooperate with God.

Love notices

1. Love notices the least.

  • Children

People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” Mark 10:13-15 NIV

  • Widows

Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a few cents. Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything—all she had to live on.” Mark 12:41-44 NIV

Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you. James 1:27a NLT

2. Love notices the lost.

Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. Mark 6:34 NLT

3. Love notices the left out.

As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. Luke 17:12-14 NIV


How to love by noticing

  1. Give time or resources to someone you’d normally overlook.

  2. Serve someone who is far from God.

  3. Widen your circle and make room at your table.

Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2 NIV


“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 NIV

What is love?

1. Love is a command.

“Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another” 2 John 1:6 (NLT)

2. Love is a choice.

3. Love is a commitment.

“ God is love. If we keep on loving others, we will stay one in our hearts with God, and he will stay one with us.” 1 John 4:16 (CEV)

4. Love is a conduct.

“Let us stop just saying we love people; let us really love them, and show it by our actions.” 1 John 3:18 (LB)

Superficial love produces heartbreak; sacrificial love produces wholeness, peace and a place at the table.

He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. 3 He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth. Isaiah 53:2-7 NIV

WHAT DOES SACRIFICIAL LOVE LOOK LIKE?

  • Love sacrifices the need to be admired.

He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

  • Love sacrifices comforts.

 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering,

  • Love sacrifices for the good of the other.

 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6 NIV

WHAT IS THE PRODUCT OF SACRIFICIAL LOVE?

  • Sacrificial love produces wholeness.

But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed. Isaiah 53:5 NIV

  • Sacrificial love produces peace.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27 NIV

  • Sacrificial love produces a place at the table.

And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. Luke 22:19-20 NIV

How Love Behaves

  • 1.
    How God Loves Me, Everyday
    09/30/18
  • 2.
    Love Challenges
    09/23/18
  • 3.
    Love Notices
    09/16/18
  • 4.
    Sacrificial Love
    09/09/18
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