Being a refresher
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.”
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.
2 BASIC WAYS PEOPLE LIVE IN THE EARTH
PEOPLE EITHER LIVE BY THE LAW OF THE FLESH OR THE LAW OF CHRIST
Gal 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ.
Luke 9:23 And He was saying to them all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me.
24 For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake, he is the one who will save it.
THE LOVE OF GOD GIVES YOU THE CAPACITY TO ENDURE AND SACRIFICE WHATEVER IT TAKES IF IT BENEFITS THE KINGDOM.
IF YOU ARE GOING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION WITH LOVE THERE IS JOY.
SECONDLY IF YOU ARE REALLY OPERATING IN THE GOD KIND OF LOVE IT BENEFITS SOMEBODY ELSE.
Ex. PAUL TALKED ABOUT EPHAPHRADITIS
Rom 15:1 Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves.
2 Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification.
3 For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.”
Rom 16:1 I commend to you our sister Phoebe, who is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea; 2 That you receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and that you help her in whatever matter she may have need of you; For she herself has also been a helper of many, and of myself as well.
3 Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who for my life risked their own necks, to whom not only do I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles;
1 Cor 10:23 All things are lawful, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful, but not all things edify. 24 Let no one seek his own good, but that of his neighbor.
31 Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 32 Give no offense either to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God; 33 just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit but the profit of the many, so that they may be saved.
Matt 7:12 In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
THERE ARE PRACTICAL WAY’S THAT YOU LAY YOUR LIFE DOWN FOR OTHERS.
1 Cor 16:13 Be on the alert, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done in love.
15 Now I urge you, brethren (you know the household of Stephanas, that they were the first fruits of Achaia, and that they have devoted themselves for ministry to the saints