L.I.F.E Series – LOVE

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L.I.F.E Series – LOVE

24 Jan 2015 Service – Kong Hee

L – LOVE
First commandant is love. Great commandment is love. New commandment is love. Everything about God is love. Love is the oil and fuel to empower our faith to believe in God.

I – INVEST
Singaporeans are not only emotionless but unhappiest people in the world!

I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. Jn 17:4 NIV

Live a life of purpose and destiny and no regrets.
What are the things to invest in life? Read on later

F – FORGIVENESS
If you take away the letter F from life it’s lie. This means that if you don’t forgive, your christian faith is a lie.

E – ENJOY

 

First part of the series:

LOVE
Make love your aim, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy. 1 Cor 14:1 RSV

Make love your aim! Look to God as an example. We love because God first loved us. If He didn’t loved us we wouldn’t know how to love.

34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. Jn 13:34
#1 Jesus accepts us

He accepts everytime! He accepted us first before we accepted him.

37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. Jn 6:37

Acceptance is not the same as approval. We can accept someone without approving of their lifestyle.

8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 1 Jn 4:8

11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” Jn 8:11 – Jesus did not approve her lifestyle. But accepted her. Go and sin no more!

Love is kind. Love doesn’t rub it in, love rubs it out. Choose love! Make a decision to love people!

 

#2 Jesus values us

How much are we worth to him? We are so valuable to God that he always thinks of us all the time!

What makes something valuable?
A. Who made it?
God created us! We are of infinite value!

10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Eph 2:10

Poiema (gr) is masterpiece.

B. How much will somebody pay for it?

 

He gave his son in exchange for you.

18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 1 Pet 1:18-19 ESV

 

6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. Col 4:6

Make a decision to be a loving and kind person. Don’t be rude and be tactful in your words and attitudes.
#3 Jesus believes in you
You are righteous, you are a new creation. You are the head not the tail, above and not beneath. More than a conqueror. You can do all things through him! He constantly affirmed everyone around him.

23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Mk 11:23

12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. Jn 14:12 …We the church will do greater works than him corporately through the power of the Holy spirit!

Jesus wants us to know he believes in us! We are part of the Greater work!

28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.Rom 8:28

7 If you love someone, you will be loyal to him no matter what the cost. You will always believe in him, always expect the best of him, and always stand your ground in defending him. 1 Cor 13:7 TLB

Gossip is believing the worst of people. Gossip sows doubt, fear and suspicion. Make a decision not to be a gossiper. Let’s believe the best of others, the best in others. Encourage them by words and attitudes.

11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing. 1 Thess 5:11

Encourage = en courage
En means in (gr)
Pour in courage..

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jer 29:11

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