Here are more notes, as this subject has both the attention of my heart and mind. My cup seems to be overflowing tonight. I welcome any comments, suggestions and corrections from any of you who are in the ministry, because I want to be true and correct as I prepare this message. Thank you.
I just had a thought. Not sure how it will relate to assisting on preparations on the sermon on love. Nonetheless here is my current thought.
In preparing a message on love, am I not showing Who love is? God is LOVE. He has been known to be a vengeful God to be feared. How can one relate this God to being the God who Is LOVE? Jesus taught us that there is no greater love than for a man to lay down his life for another. (John 15:13) The thing is that Jesus the Son of God suffered the cross and died to pay the price of all of our sins. Not just for those who walked with Him and loved Him, but even for those who cried out for Him to be crucified. Before any of us received Him as our Lord and Savior, we were His enemies. He died for His enemies! Jesus is LOVE, He is God’s Love. Any parent who has ever lost a child knows a pain that others who have not do not understand, but these parents know how God felt as He watched His son be crucified and buried. Even though God knew the grave would not hold Him, that moment of separation, that pain He suffered all for a creation who had turned their backs on Him. Tell me that is not a God of Love. Who could wipe this entire planet out in a blink of an eye and just start over, but He didn’t.l Instead He sent His ONLY Son down to a world that had ran so far away from Him, that they did not even realize who Jesus was. Over and over God has given man chance after chance to turn to Him, and even today there are many who still reject Him, who choose hatred over love. Those whose only love is for themselves. We need to learn what True Love is, and Who True Love is. I know I am repeating myself but True Love is God! He is the Good Father, the Shepherd who would leave the 99 to after the one lost one. (Matthew 18:12-14) The Father who does not just receive His prodigal child who ran off to live life in his or her own way. Then realizes that they would have a better life to be a servant in their father’s house. So returns home to find their father running out to meet them and take them home and celebrate their return. (Luke 15:11-32)
I can find and think of so many examples of God’s love in scripture, and this subject has helped refuel my spirit, which to be honest was starting to run on fumes.
earlier notes – Notes for a message on love Dec. 15, 2020