2 The purpose of yourtime on earth is notprimarily aboutacquiring possessions,attaining status,achieving success, oreven experiencinghappiness.
3 Life is all about love and developing relationships with God,and withother people.
4 Learning to love is life’s most important lesson.
5 “My dear, dear friends, if God loved us like this, we certainly ought to love each other.” 1 John 4: 11“Mga minamahal,yamang gayon kadakila ang pag- ibig ng Diyos sa atin, dapat din tayong mag- ibigan.”(Tagalog)
7 I. LOVE is a COMMAND Our decision to love is an act of obedience. “And this commandment we have from Him;whosoever loves God must also love hisbrother.” John 4: 21“A new commandment I give to you, that youlove one another just as I have loved you,you also are to love one another.”John 13: 34
8 I. LOVE is a COMMAND Our decision to love is an act of obedience. “The message you heard from the verybeginning is this: we must love one another.”1 John 3: 11
9 Three Foundations for Living a Life of Love God’s love for us gives usthe reason to love others.2. God’s love in us gives usthe ability to love others.3. God’s love through us givesus the way to love others.
10 II. LOVE requires COMMUNITY We cannot obey Christ command in isolation. We have to be connected to each other in order to love one another.
12 WHAT DOES LOVE LOOK LIKE ? It has hands to help others…feet to hasten to the poor and needy…eyes to see misery and want…ears to hear the sighs and sorrowsof men.That is what love looks like.- Augustine -
13 COMMUNITY isthe context wherewe learn to love.It allows time forinteracting,sharing,questioning,and praying foreach other.
14 III. LOVE carries HIGH STANDARDS Our love is not to be measured by theminimum of what we can do, nor is itlimited to only those who appeardeserving. Our standard for real loveis that God so loved us that He sentHis Son as a sacrifice to take awayour sins… since God loved us that much,we surely are compelled to love each other.”
15 HEAT MAKES ALL THINGS EXPAND. And the warmth of love will alwaysexpand a person’s life.- Chrysostom -
16 We love God by loving others. “People who don’t love otherbelievers, whom they have seen,can’t love God, whom they havenot seen.” John 4: 20