THE GREATEST LOVE OF ALL

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The love that God had for the people of this earth is sometimes beyond our comprehension.  This love gave to us.  This love purchased us.  This love redeemed us.  This love caused someone to die so that we could live.  What a great love He has given unto us.

Ever wonder why God did it?  You know, gave His son for you? It is really quite simple. He wants a relationship with His greatest creation.  MAN.  That’s right, us, and as much as He loves the sinner, His love for believers goes even further.  He extends to us “KID” rights.  We get to call Him father!

John 1:12  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Romans 8:15  For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

Abba Father literally means DADDY.  There is a special love and bond between a good “daddy” and his kids.  Daddies are able to give things to their kids that no one else can give to them. Protection, guidance, instruction, correction, needful things as well as sometimes wants:  All things that the father provides. Just as I love my children, God loves me even more as His child.  He loves me unconditionally, without fear of rejection and will full assurance of His protection and provision.

God’s love is the greatest love of all.  A love that gives so others can receive.

Galatians 4:4-6 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.  And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

Father, Daddy, thank you for your unconditional, never ending love for me your child.  May I honor you as I live out my life in all that I do, In Jesus name, amen.

COLLECTIVE LOVE TO A COMMUNITY IN NEED:

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True Christian love begins with in the church. We must love one another. As a community of believers, we are commanded to take this love we have one for another into a world that is confused and without hope. In order to do that, we as a community of believers must be in agreement one with another about some things.

1. Who are we as the body of Christ?
2. What is our purpose as a body?
3. How are we showing Christian love to each other with in the body?
4. How am I cooperating with the body in taking the love of Jesus to those outside the family?
5. List some names you know that are outside the body of Christ who need to feel the touch of God’s people?
6. Find a group of believers within the body you can meet with and begin to pray for creative ways you as a group can take the love of Jesus to them.

II Corinthians 5:14-15 For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

The word constraineth here means to be controlled by. We are controlled by the love God. His death show us God has a love for all mankind. We as His children are responsible to make sure that this great love is made known to all we come in contact with.

Prayer: Father, as we seek ways to reach out to those around us, draw us closer to one another within our body of believers. Let us love in such a way that others will see what we have and desire it in their own lives. We pray in Jesus name, amen.

NEEDING THE LOVE OF THE FAMILY

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Matthew 25: 37-40 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

It is possible to give out love so much that we can forget to take love in. We need to allow others to love us too. Jesus shared this story about those in need. Sometimes, you will have needs in your life. DO NOT BE AFRIAD to let others love you too. You see, allowing them to help you is a way they can fulfill the love of Jesus and be blessed for serving you.

Here are some questions to ask today:
1. How do I react when I am in need?
2. Am I willing to allow others to show their love as Jesus demonstrated in the scriptures?
3. Do I let pride keep others from receiving a blessing as they reach out to me?

Prayer: Father, let me be willing to accept the love of your family. Let me not hold on to my pride and realize you have placed me in the family because I sometimes need the love of God’s people. Thank you for giving me this family of God to be a part of. I love you, in Jesus name I pray, amen.

Verse for today:

Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

THAT LOOK OF LOVE

One of my favorite songs goes like this:

The look of love was on His face
Thorns were on His head
Blood was on His scarlet robe
Stained a crimson red
Though His eyes were on the crowd
He looked ahead in time
And when He was on the cross
I was on His mind

Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

One may wonder, what does love look like? I can give no better answer then Jesus looking out from the cross and asking God the Father to forgive those who stood before Him. A look that would turn to a repentant thief hanging next to Him in His dying moments!

Can you see it? A look of compassion, a look of comfort, a look of encouragement, a look of forgiveness!

These are four looks of love. Love is full of compassion. It is full of Comfort. It is full of encouragement. It is full of forgiveness. Do you see it? If not, take a fresh look at the cross. There you will see what Love looks like.

1. This love treats like one is a brother.

1 John 2:10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.

2. This love does not look for the faults.

1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

3. This love gives a lift up

Hebrews 12:12-13 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.

4. This love changes situations

Acts 3:6-7 – 6 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.

I challenge you to add these “looks” to your wardrobe. You will make the best dressed list!

What does loving the family look like?

James 2:15-16 If a brother or sister be naked, homeless-and destitute of daily food,  And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?

 

If someone in the church was to have a real need, maybe need help with mortgage or car repair, what is your first thought when you hear of it. Do you look for an excuse as to why they are in need? Do you just figure someone else will meet the need or do you ask God how He wants to use you to meet the need?

Let’s be honest, we have a small church, but this church has been able to reach out in many ways. Know what, we can still do more. If each of us will pray and ask God to make it possible for us to help other believers in need, think about what we could really do.
This week, ask yourself

1. Can God’s family count on me in time of need?
2. Do I have a compassionate heart toward those within the family?
3. Are there those I know in the Family who are lonely?
4. How can the family reach out to these lonely ones?

Verse for today:

Acts 4:34-35 Neither was there any among them that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, And laid them down at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need.

Prayer: Father thank you for your many blessings. As you continue to provide our needs, may we look for ways to reach out and help those within the body of Christ who are in need. Thank you for making it possible for us to give to others. I pray we will have giving loving and giving hearts. We pray in Jesus name, amen.

LOVE IS THE REASON GOD GAVE. SHOULD WE NOT MAKE IT THE REASON WE GIVE ALSO?

LOVING THE FAMILY OF GOD

1 Peter 4:7-11 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Use hospitality one to another without grudging. As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

As we look at the subject “Learning to live like Jesus does”, this week’s devotions will be on loving the family of God. One of the real issues in the church today is the lack of love found for each other. I am thankful for the love shown here at Liberty. God has blessed us in a great way. We are a loving caring church that has a big heart. This week we will learn better how to love God’s family.

As you do the devotions, let’s remember that there are many within the body of Christ who are longing for someone to love them and encourage them.

As we look at others within the family, let’s be the family they are looking for. As we learn to better love one another, we will then be able to reach out to those who are yet outside the family of God.

John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

I am looking forward to a “love” fest within the body. I am hoping you will join me.

Pastor Tilly

BECOME A FAMILY OF COMPASSION

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1 John 3:17  But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

 

Ever meet someone who was homeless?  What was your first response?  Can I be honest, sometimes my reaction is one of disdain.  That is not right!  We who are blessed need to learn to have compassion on those who have not been as blessed.  Some people are homeless because of laziness, but many are homeless because they have met with tragedy or some misfortune.  Our acts of kindness to complete strangers just might be what turns their life around.

  1. Compassion is the center of true religion – James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
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  3. Compassion is what Jesus had when He saw the multitude that was in great need – Matthew 9:36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.

  4. Think of ways that you can show compassion to those in need.

  • The hungry
  • The homeless
  • The unsaved
  • Your family
  • Your friends
  • Your co-workers

Today’s verse –

1 John 3:17  But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

My prayer for Liberty is that we become a family of compassion toward each other, those outside our fellowship and those who are in need of Jesus.  Ask God to show you ways to show your compassion to those in need.