"Carrying God's Love" (1 John 4:7-16)

Sermon Date: 
Feb 03 2013
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WHAT IS LOVE? How would you answer such a question? It seems this answer is not so easily defined. Physicists, psychologists, philosphers, biologists, have provided their definitions of love. I've made my attempt trying to combine all of the above. "Love initiates through the eyes stimulating an attraction in the mind that releases this chemical fusion from the brain triggering combustion from the heart bringing forth affection and passion for the other." Love seems complicated.

Other's have viewed love as an illusion, that love does not really exist. It's an illusion because what we thought was love has turned to hate, abuse, neglect, violence, etc. Are we a society falling for simply an illusion of love? I ask again, what is love?

God's Word helps direct us to understand what love is from his perspective; for GOD IS LOVE (1 John 4:16). As stated above, we as human "feelers" and "thinkers" have worked diligently hard to define love only to feel more lost about the subject. But when we look upon God's Word and the actions of God we draw ourselves closer to the understanding of love.

God's love is commonly known as AGAPE love. This is a love that is self-less and is INIATED by a conscious choice. This is not a responsive love based on us but an initiating love based on who he is (we love because God first loved us). God's love was fully revealed to us in the humility of Jesus Christ, God's Son, who took it upon Himself the brutal death of the cross that would remove our sins against a holy just God. I heard it said this way, "The love of God meets the holiness of God. The holiness of God requires payment for the penalty of our sins, the love of God provides the payment." (Read Romans 5:8; Romans 6:23; John 15:13; John 3:3; John 3:16) This is a good reminder that whenever we FEEL God's love is not with us, we simply need to turn TO THE CROSS NOT AWAY FROM THE CROSS. The Devil will want us to turn away from the Cross and towards ourselves (i.e., our desires, our thirsts, our wants, our emotions, etc).

John tells us that those who know God, through Jesus Christ, know love. They are the ones who carry God's Spirit in them because of their faith and belief in Jesus Christ (John 1:12-13; 1 John 2:3). If this is truly the case, we should see more of the love flowing from 1 Corinthians 13. We may note these are also choices - to choose to be more patient, to choose be more kind, etc. It's a partnership with God that includes our willingness to love this way with the power of God to help make this type of love possible.

ARE YOU CARRYING GOD'S LOVE? If our heart aligns with God's heart, then God's love for the world (John 3:16) should eventually become our love for the world. The evidence of a Christian Church who truly knows God is by the evidence of their visible love (1 John 4:12-13; 2 Corinthians 3:18).

It's not about YOU, it's about God in YOU, who desires to use you to make a difference in someone's else's life. You, in Christ, are the vessels of God's love. Are you showing God's love? Is your love an initiating love or a responsive love? Are you seeing the acts of love flow out of you from 1 Corinthians 13?

Let your love not be of this world, but, out of this world because your love is backed up by this divine power of a God who, first loved you, and now dwells within you to love others.

Amen,
In Christ's love,
Pastor Trevor