Love. We continue our series on love this morning. We recently had our kids and their kiddos staying with us, and I was vividly reminded how challenging Sunday mornings can be with very busy small children. I used to say that the devil worked overtime on Sundays, because in addition to needing to get everyone ready and out the door on time (a worthy goal!), you usually try to make sure that they look at least CLEAN, if not “nice.”
All that to say, church is one of the places where we really like to look nice. And holy. Also a worthy goal. But most of us here know there is more to that than just how we look. John has quite a bit to say about how “looking nice” and “holy” reflects our inner holiness. And how that holiness is our essence.
Originally preached Sunday, April 22, 2018
Back to love. Love is a wonderful, glorious, essential element of our lives, but for many it seems too hard to find. Too hard to hold onto. Too hard to. . . so it is important to talk about it. To listen to what God has to tell us about it, both in his word and in the lives of those around us who are loving.
As your pastor, I long for the very best for you—and that means the fullness of God’s love and approval. Our message to think on this morning, is how we might achieve that.
Think of a time when someone made you feel special.
Don’t we usually think of love as something that we FEEL or something that someone else does FOR US?
This passage says ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about receiving love. It is all about the giving. The believing. The sending of our love.
Some people are so easy to love and to act like you love them.
Some people are hard to love—I used to tell my students (a truly hostile audience) to just pretend in situations where it was hard to “do the right thing”
We carefully train our children to say “please” and “thank you,” don’t we? We practice things that are important to us.
DOING LOVE. It is intentional. It is purposeful. It is sacrificial.