What’s Love Got to do With It

What’s love got to do with it!

Everything!
 
Unlike the Tina Turner song,
love is more than an “old fashioned notion”.
We were created to love by God, Who is love.
 
7 Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, 
for love comes from God.
Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.
8 But anyone who does not love does not know God, 
for God is love.  9 God showed how much he loved 
us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that
 we might have eternal life through him.
10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us
and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

So much of the time we put conditions on love.
We base love on a feeling or emotion.
God’s love is unconditional.
It doesn’t matter what we do or say, He will always love us.

The Bible has three words for love;
agape, phileo, and eros.
Eros is the type of love between husband and wife.
Phileo is the most common and generally means to love, to like,
treat affectionately and be friendly.
Phileo is the kind of love we share with family and friends.
Agape love is the highest form of love and often the hardest to attain.
It is a selfless love.
C. S. Lewis explained agape as “a selfless love, 
a love that was passionately
committed to the well being of the other”.
This is the love God has for us.
It is this love which enabled Jesus to leave heaven
and sacrifice Himself for us.
It is this love that still saves and heals us.
God is committed to loving us unconditionally even 
when we turn our backs on Him.
Let God love you today.

1Corinthians 13:7
Love bears all things. believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.
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Do Yourself a Favor

As we hold on to grudges
and resentment,
they have a way of gaining control over our lives.
They also grow out of proportion.
Resentment can materialize in many ways;
physically and emotionally making us sick.
 
It can cut off communication and isolate us
from family and friends.
 
The Message
Don’t be quick to fly off the handle.
Anger boomerangs.
 
NLT
Stop being angry.
Turn from your rage.
Do not lose your temper-
it only leads to harm.
 
Do yourself a favor!
Forgive!
 
Let go of anger, bitterness and unforgiveness.
 
Do this for yourself.
It may seem impossible, but nothing is impossible for God.
 
NLT
Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander,
as well as all types of evil behavior.
Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another,
just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
 
God demonstrated His great love for toward us by sending Christ
to die for us even while we were still sinners.
Put away all your anger, resentment and bitterness
and love one another just as God did for us.

Just Waiting for the Parade!

A victory parade is held to celebrate victory over the enemy army. 
 
The US did it with the allies after WW1 and 11.
 
In ancient times the parade was led by the victors followed by the spoils of war.
Next came the leader of the defeated army,
then the captives,
and finally the victorious army.
 
The army held this procession to make a public spectacle of the captives.
 
The Bible lets us know Jesus has already won the battle.
He accomplished this at the cross.
Jesus took our captivity captive. 
 
Ephesian 4:8
Therefore He says:
“When He ascended on high,
He led captivity captive,
and gave gifts to men.
 
He has freed us from the destruction of sin.
 
“Having disarmed principalities and powers”
and 
“He made a public spectacle of them”.
Colossians 
2:15
 
Jesus now leads us in a victory parade of triumph.
Now thanks be to God Who always leads us in triumph in Christ,
and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.
 
The battle has been won.
The parade has stared.
 
Don’t sit on the side of the road watching.
Join the parade
and be victorious in Christ.

Follow the Prompt

Every day has its routine.
For most of us it has become automatic.
We get up, dress, go to work, come home, go to bed 
and then start all over again the next day.
 
It is our routine.
 
But how often to we stop to listen to the prompting 
of the Holy Spirit?
 
He is quietly speaking to us.
Other times He is loud, yet we choose not to hear.
We choose to listen to our flesh and ignore the quiet, 
inner knowings and promptings.
 
……but the flesh is weak
 
The little inner knowings the Holy Spirit gives us are His way
of leading and guiding us into all truth.
 
However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come,
He will guide you into all truth;
for He will not speak on His own authority,
but whatever He hears He will speak’
and He will tell you things to come.
 
To hear Him more clearly,
read the Bible, study, 
and 
LISTEN.
 
The Holy Spirit shows us the heart of God.
 
Cultivate a relationship with the Holy Spirit,
make it personal.
 
The more we build on the relationship, the clearer we will hear.

Extravagant!

God’s love is extravagant and intimate.

He loves us in a very personal way.

Jeremiah 1:5

He knows us before we were ever formed.

Matthew 10:30 GW

Every hair on your head has been counted.

God takes exquisite care of His children.

Our lives are valuable to Him.

 Matthew 6:26

As He takes care of the birds in the air,

how much more will God care for us!

John 14:2

Though we may have troubles in this world, 

God has prepared mansions for our eternity.

John 15:13

No greater love exists than the sacrifice Jesus made for us.

His greatest show of love……..JESUS!!!!

His love is extravagant..!

You Already Have It!

What?

I already have it!

YES!

Through adoption by God, you already have it.

Power, authority and freedom from fear.

As an adopted child of God we are adopted into the family of God

and become joint heirs with Jesus Christ.

Romans 8:15

For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear,

but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out

“Abba Father”.

As an adopted child of God,

we have been given the same rights as the Son

and have been given a new name, a new identity in Christ.

Most importantly, through adoption, we

have been given power and authority to overcome

“all the power of the enemy,” (Luke 10:19)

Jesus had authority over everything; to cast out demons,

heal the sick and over disease.

Matthew 28:18, Mark 1:27, Luke 7:7

As joint heirs with Christ, we inherit eternal life,

the authority to speak over our lives in His Name

and receive all that Christ possesses.

Every person is from God, but not all have been

adopted as sons of God.

To receive your inheritance you must receive Jesus

as your Lord and Savior.

Then all that He has is yours!

Willing

Jesus once told a leper “I am willing”.
Jesus reached out His hand and touched the man.
“I am willing,” He said.
“Be clean!”
Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy.
 
Lepers were outcasts of society.
They lived separately and no one touched them.
Yet Jesus was willing to reach out, touch the man and heal him.
 
Jesus was willing to heal a blind man on the Sabbath.
John 9
He was willing to speak with the woman at the well.
Even though she was a Samaritan and Jewish people were not to
have any contact with them.  Yet Jesus was willing.
 
Jesus was willing to sit with thieves, beggars, tax collectors and sinners.
Jesus was willing to hang on a cross. 
 
How many of us are willing to follow in Jesus’s example?
How many of us will love the unlovable, talk to the homeless,
forgive those who have sinned against us, or help
those who are in need.
 
I am willing!
 
Are you?