The Law of Christ
1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
THE MARK OF A GENUINE CHRISTIAN IS LOVE TOWARDS OTHERS.
WE’VE GOT TO MAKE SURE THAT LOVE IS THE CORE OF OUR LIFE!
A BIG INDICATOR THAT WE ARE ON THE RIGHT TRACK IS JOY!
John 15:12 This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do what I command you.
2 BASIC WAYS PEOPLE LIVE IN THE EARTH
THE LAW OF THE FLESH OR THE LAW OF CHRIST
THE LAW OF THE FLESH IS SELFISHNESS, SELF SATISFACTION, SELF PRESERVATION
IF YOU LIVE BY THE LAW OF THE FLESH YOU LIVE TO SATISFY YOURSELF.
Luke 17:33 Whoever seeks to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it.
THE KEY TO FINDING AND KEEPING TRUE LIFE IS LAYING IT DOWN.
Gal 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.
THE LAW OF CHRIST IS THAT YOU ARE WILLING TO SUFFER IF IT BENEFITS SOMEBODY ELSE.
IF YOUR SUFFERING IS NOT BENEFITTING SOMEONE ELSE IT IS NOT TRUE CHRISTIAN SUFFERING.
John 17:17 “I sanctify myself so that others might be sanctified”
THE LAW OF THE FLESH IS ME LIVING FOR ME.
THE LAW OF CHRIST IS LIVING FOR HIM AND OTHERS AND BEING WILLING TO SUFFER IF IT HELPS THEM.
Col 1:23 if indeed you continue in the faith firmly established and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, was made a minister.
24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions.
PAUL SAID IT OVER AND OVER… I REJOICE IN MY SUFFERINGS…
Phil 2:17 But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all.