Author Archive for Shawn Cornett

20
Oct
17

God’s Presence In Us

How do you know if God is living in you? How do you know if His presence in you is real? The evidence of God’s love and presence in our lives is when we love one another. The Apostle John wrote:

No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. – 1 John 4:12 (NIV)

It is so incredibly important that we love each other in the church. Jesus said that everyone would know that we are His followers when we love one another unconditionally. It’s not enough to sit next to someone at a pot-luck. It’s got to be more than just shaking hands and exchanging pleasantries on a Sunday morning. We need to go deeper with one another and truly reach out in love to one another. Even if we disagree on so many topics, we can agree on one – Jesus is the risen Lord. If we can agree on that and love each other in spite of our differences, we can show the world the love of God.
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19
Oct
17

Let’s Love Each Other

In 1 John 4, the Apostle John is reminding his audience that God put the love He has for the world into action. He did not merely love with words. God put love into action when He sent Jesus to be the sacrifice that would take away our sins forever. So how do we respond to such love? We love others. John wrote:

Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. – 1 John 4:11 (NIV)

We receive the love of God and should share that kind of love with others. Jesus said to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself. The key to being a follower of Jesus is to live a life of love. Love God and love people. We can get it so wrong thinking that being a follower of Christ is all about being right. Being a follower of Christ is all about love. We love God because He loves us and because He loves us, we love others. There is no better way to live.
18
Oct
17

He Loved Us First

The Apostle John writes quite a bit about God’s love in chapter 4 of his first letter. God put His love into action when He sent Jesus to earth to take the punishment that we deserve for our sins. John wrote:

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. – 1 John 4:10 (NIV)

Notice that God the Father sent Jesus before we loved Him. Jesus coming to earth wasn’t a response to our love for God. It was done out of God’s love for us. Before we even knew we were loved, Jesus came. Before we even knew we needed a Savior, Jesus came. Before we could reach out to God, Jesus came. God reached out to us before we reached out to Him. That’s what is so awesome about the love of God. It is undeserved and unconditional and it is for everyone. If you’ve never reached out to God, know that He has already reached out for you by sending His Son, Jesus.
17
Oct
17

God Showed Us His Love

God does more than watch us from a distance. God takes more than just a casual interest in our lives and in our world. God intensely loves the world with all of His heart. Why? For the same reasons that a father and mother love their children – He made us. So when humanity sinned against God and broke the intimacy we had with Him, God made a way back to Him because He loves us so much. John wrote:

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. – 1 John 4:9 (NIV)

We were destined to die and be separated from God for eternity. But God showed us His love by sending Jesus to give us the opportunity to live with Him forever. He did more than say, “I love you, world.” He demonstrated the fact that He loves us and it cost Him dearly. God is love and His love is expressed in more than words. He loved us by sending Jesus. How can we love Him in return? By loving others in His name.
16
Oct
17

The Vow Of Pursuit

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This is the second message in the series, “The Vow” based on the series of the same name from Lifechurch in Oklahoma.

16
Oct
17

Do You Really Know How To Love?

When it comes to love in the church, we can talk a pretty good game. We can say that we love God. We can say that we love our brothers and sisters in Christ. But do we really know what that means? The Apostle John wrote:

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. – 1 John 4:8 (NIV)

If we do not love our brothers and sisters in the church, then we do not know God. It is utterly impossible to truly know God and not love others because God is the very definition of love. God is the very source of love. Love has to be more than words. Love has to be put into action as well. If we do not love with actions, then we don’t truly know God because God not only says He loves the world, He proved His love for us by sending Jesus to take our punishment for our sins. In your relationships with your brothers and sisters, focus on how you can put love into action and not just give it lip service.
13
Oct
17

Love Comes From God

On the night that Jesus was betrayed by Judas, He gave His disciples one last command. He told them to love one another. His disciple, John, took it to heart and wrote about it quite a bit. In his first letter, he said this:

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. – 1 John 4:7 (NIV)

God is the source of love. We need to love one another in the church and when we do, we demonstrate that we belong to God and that we know God. Everything Jesus did was motivated by His love for the Father and His love for people. For followers of Jesus, we should have the same motivations. We can believe the right things and try to be on our best behavior, but if don’t love, we don’t know God. Without the love of God, we’re nothing.



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