Let me start by asking a question. Where do we get our picture of Love from?
Where does our example of what Love looks like come from?
Is it our parents? Is it our friends? The movies we watch or the books we read?
The problem with all these things is that they are flawed because they are human, no matter what you saw in your parents marriage, they could have the best marriage in the world but they are not God.
So this morning the 2nd week in the series on Kingdom Living & the most pivotal of the lot, Love God, this is what underpins everything else. What does Jesus say in Answer to a Lawyer part of the pharisees question, What is the greatest commandment, Jesus replies in
It all depends on loving God, if you don’t love God then you can’t live with a Kingdom mindset because it will all be about you.
Now this is the important thing about loving God & theirs a clue in what Jesus said in Matthew, “All your heart & All your soul & All your mind”
Now this is the way we love God, with everything we have, with our whole self.
To love God is to embrace everything that God says.
In our own strength, none of us can live up to this obligation, but the Lord has provided a way for Christians to do the impossible. The indwelling Holy Spirit works to produce His fruit in us, and first on the list is love (
). In fact, the other eight qualities are really just descriptions of its expression.
Whenever we demonstrate kindness, patience, or gentleness, we see the Lord’s love at work through us, especially when the other person has been unkind and doesn’t deserve such pleasant treatment. This fruit is not produced by trying harder to muster good will toward someone who is irritating or hard to get along with. Instead, think of the process more like sap running through a branch on a grape-vine. The branch doesn’t make grapes; the sap does. In the same way, the Spirit flows through us, producing God’s love in us, so that we can pass it on to Him and others.
Agape love is the reason we are able to care for someone who mistreats us—it’s God’s doing, not ours. Even the adoration we offer the Lord is not something that we can produce in our own heart apart from His assistance. Though the command to love is enormous,God’s grace makes it possible.
We have to have that heart connection with Him, the most loving thing we can do for others & that includes our husbands, wives & children is to love God more than we love them, if we love God most, we will love others best.
You see that depth of Love & Grace poured out for us & all over us, when we know that, when we live in that place.
We know the difference of how we loved before & how we love now, before would have been a shallow kind of narrow love because how we feel would have been at the bottom of it, but now it’s not about us.
There’s a reason why Jesus said the second greatest commandment is like the first “You shall love your neighbour as yourself” i found this while studying for today “It functions like faith & works, if we truly have the first, the second naturally follows”.
If it’s not working in your life like this then maybe you need to check your relationship with God.
If you are taking offence at things & this isn’t belittling what your going through. I read this this week in a book called simplify by Bill Hybells.
“When I am offended too easily, it’s a clear indicator that I am Spiritually and emotionally depleted, my bucket is low and I need to fill it up with streams of replenishment that allow God’s Grace to flood my heart”
Sometimes we know God’s love but we are so busy living life that we forget & we start to believe the lie about us & God instead & we forget about going to the creator of life to be filled again so that we can live life to the full once more.
When we are empty is when God stops being the first love of our lives & we can’t love our neighbour as ourselves because we at these moments of dryness love ourselves more.
We cannot do it by ourselves, we will only love others best when we love God the most & that’s because love in it’s purest form can only come from God.
1 John 4:7-8 ESV
because love is a core part of Gods nature, we are only able to love God & others because He first loved us.
1 John 4:19 ESV
We can only give which we have received. If you haven’t received the knowledge & skills to fix a car then you can’t pass that knowledge onto someone else. In the same way if you do not know love, how can you give love, we will be living from an empty well.