Posts Tagged ‘Love

23
Sep
19

Cheerful Hospitality

Despite our attempts to be social through social media, we have become less hospitable, haven’t we? We just don’t visit one another like we did in generations past. Our homes are our castles and if we could dig a moat around them and fill them with crocodiles, we just might. Peter tells us that we should practice cheerful hospitality. He wrote in 1 Peter 4:9 (NLT):

Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay.

It’s not always easy to open our homes. It’s not always convenient, either. We’re very busy. Since we’re never home to enjoy our homes, how could we let someone else in who needs a meal or a place to stay? We worry that our homes might not be as tidy or as presentable as we’d like. What would someone think? We need to share what we have with others cheerfully. This is what it means to be a Christian. God has blessed us with the good gifts we have so that we can bless others.

20
Sep
19

Show Love

Christianity all boils down to love. At least, it should. On the night before Jesus died, He gave His disciples a new command – love one another. The kind of love that Jesus’ followers are to have for one another is unconditional, unselfish and unlimited. He said that the whole world would know that we are His followers by our love for one another. Peter took this to heart because he wrote in 1 Peter 4:8 (NLT):

Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.

There are two things I notice about this verse. First, Peter says that showing love for each other is the most important thing. It isn’t our doctrine. It’s not our buildings nor our budgets. It’s not our political leanings. It is how we show love.
Second, Peter says that love covers over a multitude of sins. God’s love covers our sins and our love can cover the sins committed against us by others. In other words, love forgives. Without love, we cannot forgive.
As followers of Jesus, we need to learn how to show love to one another. It has to be more than lip service. Our love must come from a heart that is transformed by God’s love.

09
Jul
19

Love One Another

As part of God’s family, we have an important command to follow: love one another. Jesus commanded it in John 13. Paul commanded it in his letters. Peter said the same thing. 1 Peter 1:22 (NLT) says:
You were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth, so now you must show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters. Love each other deeply with all your heart.
When you came to faith in Christ and obeyed Him by being baptized, God washed away your sins. God made you a new creation and adopted you into His family. You were then called to obey a new command: love one another. This is not a lip-service kind of love, either. Peter says to love one another deeply from the heart. We rejoice with one another and we mourn with one another. We accept one another in all of our faults and failures. We encourage one another. We support one another. We walk through the storms with one another. Christ’s church is built on love – love for God and love for one another. He commanded it and we submit to Him. If there is someone you’re having a hard time loving, start by praying for them and for opportunities to show them love this week and then follow through with action.
08
Oct
18

Getting Even Plus

When someone hurts us, our first instinct is to get even with them. We want revenge! Jesus addressed this in the Sermon on the Mount. He said:

You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. – Matthew 5:38-42 (NIV)

Here’s the problem with revenge. Rarely is it eye for eye. It’s two eyes for an eye. We don’t want to just get even. We want to get even plus. Jesus turns this thinking upside down and says that we need to go the extra mile by returning evil with kindness instead of revenge. Jesus expects His followers to be different from the world. That means that instead of revenge, we respond with love.
07
Oct
18

The Most Important Thing

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on John 13:34-35.

16
Aug
18

Are We Gentle?

Christians in America don’t have the best reputation. We’re known as many different things. We’re accused of being closed-minded, bigoted, homophobic, angry, judgmental and racist. We’re not known for the things for which we should be known. We’re not known as loving, kind, peaceful and gentle. The apostle Paul talked about that last one to the Philippians. He wrote:

Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. – Philippians 4:5 (NIV)

What if we could be known as gentle? What if we dealt gently with people who don’t know the Lord yet? Instead of being defensive, judgmental and angry, we need to be gentle and humble. Why? Paul said that the Lord is near. As time is winding down, we should be gently urging people to turn to Jesus for forgiveness and salvation. The more we yell, get defensive or judge, the less success we’ll have in convincing people that our gentle Savior is the Way, the Truth and the Life. So be gentle in your dealings with people today and may the Lord use our gentleness to open doors of opportunity to tell people about Jesus.
23
Jul
18

Showing Our Concern

The apostle Paul was sending one of the Philippians’ own back to them. His name was Epaphroditus. Apparently, this man became sick and nearly died while he was visiting Paul. Paul wrote:

For he longs for all of you and is distressed because you heard he was ill. 27 Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me, to spare me sorrow upon sorrow. 28 Therefore I am all the more eager to send him, so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety. – Philippians 2:26-28 (NIV)

Epaphroditus was a beloved member of the Philippian church. His illness was a great concern to his church family. We need to be concerned about one another in the church. When people are sick or hurting, we need to pray for them and tend to their needs. Pick out someone in your church who is hurting and sick and find out how you can ease their burden or lighten their load. It’s one thing to say you’re concerned and another thing to show the love of Jesus to our brothers and sisters.



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