This Series: Our Call to Love… Loving the JYO Way… God’s Help to Love the Unlovable
Rebecca- age 8 "When my grandmother got arthritis, she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love."
Chrissy - age 6 "Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs."
Bobby - age 7 "Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen."
Nikka - age 6 "If you want to learn to love better, you should start with a friend who you hate,"
Elaine-age 5 "Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.”
Jessica - age 8 "You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget."
It’s Greek to Me!! Passionate and romantic love (Eros), the love of friends and loyalty to family (philia), the love of parent for child (storge), the love or desire for something (thelema), In biblical literature, its meaning and usage is illustrated by self-sacrificing, giving love to all--both friend and enemy. (agape) This is the type of love that we are to have for one another.
John 3:16 Page 1650 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Matthew 5:43-48 Page 1503 …46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
Romans 5:5 Page 1752-1753 “And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” While verse 8 shows God’s love in action: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
John 13:34-35 Page 1675 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
1 John 4:7-21 on page 1902 7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 John 4:7-21 on page 1902 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
1 John 4:7-21 on page 1902 13 We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
1 John 4:16-18 Page 1902 God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. 17 In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
1 John 4:19-21 19 We love because he first loved us. 20 If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.
Putting It Together: So what is the standard for love? The love that Jesus demonstrated to his Father, family, friends, and enemies. How do we live to that standard? By having the Holy Spirit leading us through the choices that we make. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8!!
Putting It Together: What happens when we do not love to His standard? God continues His love in this way and He changes us through the process of sanctification.
What Now? This starts with surrendering to God and loving Him according to His commands. We need to connect to Christ for our filling and take care of ourselves so that we can love others without damaging ourselves.
What Now? We need to evaluate the needs of others and prioritize spiritual needs. We need to be involved in each other’s lives and have room to love those in the world so that they come to know Christ.
The Question: “Is the love that I have for God, myself, and others, the kind of love that Jesus demonstrated?” How can it be a better representation? Next Week: Loving the JYO Way