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Loving God Who is Love.

Key Scripture:

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (KJV)   Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

SUMMARY

God is not love deficit. The Trinity is filled with love. God is love and He expects only love from us. This sermon on loving God helps us understand the very same idea. To love God is the very purpose of our existence.

SERMON POINTS

 Who is a Typical Lover of God?

Mark 10:27,28 (KJV) And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.  And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.

 We must love God that is the most important reason why we were created. What do you think of someone who loves the Lord? We tend to think that those who love the Lord are those who pray well, are always serious and religious. But the Bible tells us that those who love God obey His commands. Their lives itself become the very picture of love. A love so distinguished that it surpasses the natural barriers of traditions, culture and other differences.

How do you evaluate a person who loves God?

Mark 10:37 (KJV)    And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.

 The greatest commandment in the Bible is loving the Lord your God. Loving God is also complimented by loving others as yourself. The criteria for evaluating a person who loves God is this if you love God , you will love your neighbour. Jesus explained loving one’s neighbour through the parable of the Good Samaritan. God sees how we show love towards others, through our actions, by reaching out to those who are suffering around us in our workplace, neighbourhoods and churches. The good Samaritan broke all customs and cultural barriers when he went an extra mile on his journey to help the wounded traveller, by doing all that he needed. This is the evaluation of loving God.

 

How do we get this love for God?

 God must fill the first place in our lives. It should be our first priority in life to love the Lord. If your life seems to be mundane and monotonous then it points to the fact that you are missing love in your life. Try to start showing love, starting caring for people, visiting them in their time of need and praying for them. Then life starts to have meaning and this becomes the foundation for every decision we take. We can cultivate this love for the Lord in the following ways.

 

  1. By keeping His commandments.

 John 14:21 (KJV) He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

The Law was given through Moses and this Law showed us the love of God. In the New Testament, God revealed His love in a new way when He gave His only son to die on the cross for our sins. This love is called the Agape love.

God’s love comes into us when we hear and keep his commandments. Today we need to evaluate our response to God’s word.

John 14:23 (KJV) Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.

 Jesus Christ has taught us to keep His word. Those who keep the word of God are loved by the Father in Heaven and He makes His dwelling in their hearts. Thus we become storehouses of the Father’s love. We cannot love God with our sinful body, but giving importance to God’s word, memorizing it , reading and meditating on God’s words fills us with love anew for the Lord and others.

  

  1. By faith in Christ Jesus.

 Ephesians 3:15-17 (KJV)   Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

 In the Bible we can see only those who had faith, received their miracles. Faith in Jesus Christ sets you apart. Faith in the Lord causes Christ lives in us. If you have faith it will be seen in your works.

This faith helps you to be rooted in the love of Christ. A love that surpasses all knowledge. This is how we are filled with the fullness of God and we start to experience the power, anointing and healing of God in your worship and prayer.

This is the height, depth and width of Christ’s love. These are the same dimensions of love that you start spreading with all the saints and we can have a strong fellowship with the people of God.

 

  1. By the sufferings that we go through.

 Romans 5:2-5 (KJV)  By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

 Love starts with sufferings. That may sound like a strange statement, however it is the very truth which takes us to love. We can boast in our suffering and persecutions as this suffering maybe the end for a worldly person but for a christian it works patience.

Without suffering our hearts are as hard as stones. Today, if you are suffering in your body, soul and spirit that’s when the Holy Spirit is poured out on us filling us with the love of Christ

 

What kind of love will fill you?

God loved us with “agape” love. Agape is the highest form of love and He expects us to love with that standard.1 Corinthians 13 is a description of Agape. When His love fills us we would love:-

  1. Love for  Neighbours.

 Mark 12:31 (KJV)  And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

When we love God with the love He loved us , we would love our neighbour too.Our neighbour is anyone who is suffering, who is living in hopeless situations.

  1. Love for your enemies.

 Matthew 5:44,45 (KJV)  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

  1. Love for one another.

 John 13:34 (KJV)  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.

  

CONCLUSION.

1 John 4:20,21 says If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.” The first four commandments given by God through Moses speaks about our love towards God. The rest are based on our love towards others. Without loving God we cannot love those around us. The word AGAPE– meaning unconditional love is found 320 times in the New Testament alone. Let everything we do be bound in love.

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