Loving God & Others

Sun, Jul 11, 2021
So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately. You need to use your head and test your feelings so that your love is sincere and intelligent, not sentimental gush. Live a lover’s life, circumspect and exemplary, a life Jesus will be proud of: bountiful in fruits from the soul, making Jesus Christ attractive to all, getting everyone involved in the glory and praise of God. - Philippians 1: 9-10 (MSG) And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. - Philippians 1: 9-10 (ESV) The poet Robert Browning once wrote, “Take away love and our earth is a tomb.” That is true, for if you take away love, you take away the presence of the very life of God. Jesus said that loving God and loving our neighbor was the fulfillment of the law of God, for it is the perfect expression of the character of God. And love is the essence of that new life to which we are called. John says, “We love, because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19), and he has demonstrated that love supremely in the gospel of Jesus Christ” (Evangelical Convictions: A Theological Exposition of the Statement of Faith of the Evangelical Free Church of America). Honestly, I picked this topic early on thinking it would be easy. Guess what? I was wrong. The closer I looked at the second greatest commandment, the more I realized that I’m probably not as good at the first greatest commandment as I thought I was. Thankfully, God provided the way. This week we’ll look at how God loves us and commands us to love one another. Join us this week as we continue to explore our Statement of Faith on Christian Living. To prepare for this week, please read and meditate on the words of 1 John 4:7-21 and demonstrate your love for a friend or neighbor this week by inviting them to join us as we worship together this Sunday at 10AM both in person and online.
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