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The Meaning Of Love Part 5

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Offering

Proverbs 3:27–28 NIV84
Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back later; I’ll give it tomorrow”— when you now have it with you.
Old Testament Survey Series: The Wisdom Literature and Psalms A. Exhortation regarding Benevolence (3:27–30)

he should not “withhold good from him to whom it is due” (lit., to its owners). “Good” refers to any good deed or act of beneficence. The limitation on this command is this: “when it is in the power of your hand to do it,” i.e., when you are in a position to do so and when you have the opportunity to do so (cf. Gal 6:10). The allusion may be to a charity upon which the poor have a claim under the law of Moses. The implication here is that man owns nothing. He is but a steward of that with which God has blessed him (3:27).

Second, when one came seeking help, the disciple of wisdom should not send that person away with promises that help would be forthcoming “tomorrow.” That only adds to a person’s worry. At the same time being forced to ask for help a second time is demeaning.

Thanks to everyone who has brought backpacks and school supplies for McCormick Elementary.. If you have not yet and you would like to: there are papers at the Welcome Center with a list of the supplies needed for each grade. I met with Principal White on Thursday and said they expect over 400 students this year. Some of these children are actually living in local shelters because their families are homeless. Many cannot afford backpacks.
Thanks to everyone who brought backpacks and school supplies for McCormick Elementary.. If you have not yet and you would like to: there are papers at the Welcome Center with a list of the supplies needed for each grade. I met with Principal White on Thursday and said they expect over 400 students this year. Some of these children are actually living in local shelters because their families are homeless. Many cannot afford backpacks.
Can you imagine the embarrassment of not having your school supplies when all the kids around you have theirs? This can really affect a child. It causes them to be embarrassed, hesitant, distracts them from learning and erodes their confidence. That is just not how we want students to start out their school year. We want them to start out their year well equipped, confident and ready for a new year. You can make the difference for a child this year. If everyone takes one a paper and brings a backpack, we should have 90 backpacks to deliver to McCormick. And it is not too late. We will be taking the first shipment over this week. But we will be receiving backpacks all the way through the end of the month.
If you can, when you bring your backpack with the supplies, please put the paper inside of the backpack so we know what grade it is for.
I love being a part of a Church that gives generously to care for the poor and the needy.

Announcement: JBQ Meeting & Potato Lunch

Special Business Meeting
-Everyone is welcome.
-Only members can vote.

Let’s Get Into The Word

The Meaning Of Love

1 Corinthians 13:6–8a NIV84
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
1 Cor 13:
1 Corinthians 13:6–7 NIV84
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love does not delight in evil.

“Love does not delight in evil”; loving people do not rejoice when they see people doing wrong things so that then they can keep bringing up such deeds to blackmail them

After 9/11 American news channels played video of Palestinians celebrating at the collapse of the towers. That was devastating.
On the other hand, let me ask you this: how many of you celebrated when you saw American planes bombing ISIS.
This is complicated. On one hand, most of us would abhor all that ISIS stands for and would rightfully celebrate anything that hinders their march of terror. On the other hand, have we actually considered the agony of suffering from an explosion, or the thousands of innocent people who were victimized first by ISIS and then became collateral damage of America’s war against ISIS.
I am not criticizing our military. I thank God for their service and the freedom it has provided us.
I am drilling down beyond that to ask you personally- what happens in your heart when you see a Muslim terrorist suffer. Or how do you feel when an innocent Muslim suffers.
David Steward Story
Pride and bitterness rejoice when others suffer. Their jealousy causes them to seek not good, but evil for others. Love does not.
Pride and bitterness rejoice when others suffer. Their jealousy causes them to seek not good, but evil for others. Love does not.
Love always wants what is best for others and at its core desires to see good happen for other people.
Love Test
Is there someone you delight to see fail? Suffer? Be embarrassed? This is a sign that pride has produced a bitterness with in you and that you do not love that person.
Surgery Stop: Let’s pause for a minute. If we have anger and bitterness in our hearts towards someone, it will cut off the flow of God’s grace and forgiveness towards us. Sometimes we are not honest about the condition of our hearts. But the Holy Spirit is a perfect friend and our personal coach. He loves us and wants to purify our hearts.
Pray now and ask the Holy Spirit to show you who you need to forgive? Who is it that you are failing to love?
Eros vs Agape
True love cannot rejoice in evil. Sexual immorality is evil in the eyes of God. Any perversion of sex. Any sexual experience outside the context of marriage between a man and woman is evil in God’s eyes. True love will be grieved by any sexual expression outside of that context.
Love seeks the best for others. Lust seeks instant gratification. Much of what our society calls love is actually lust.
Spoiler alert: Romeo and Juliet had nothing to do with love. It was too spoiled brats, driven by lust, who killed themselves in stubborn act of rebellion. Their deaths were motivated far less by love than spite.
Any sexual experience outside of the marriage bond between a man and woman is not love. It is selfish lust. It is a eros absent of agape- which produces a twisted, corrupted form of eros.
Viewing or producing a provocative presentation is not love- it is exploitation, lust unleashed. This would include pornographic images and videos as well as enticing romantic movies.
True love cannot rejoice in evil. Sexual immorality is evil in the eyes of God. Any perversion of sex. Any sexual experience outside the context of marriage between a man and woman is evil in God’s eyes. True love will be grieved by any sexual expression outside of that context.
Our sexual identity is so central to our self-perception. We spend a lifetime trying to escape the guilt of sexual perversion and exploitation.
True love will never try to exploit another person sexually. True love realizes that sexual perversion is terribly devastating. True love is patient. True love will respect and seek to preserve the sexual purity of another person, to protect them from the guilt and anguish of un-Godly sexual acts.

Love Rejoices with the truth.

Pride and bitterness do not want the truth to be known if it benefits someone else.
Love always wants the truth to be known- even if it is detrimental to self.
Pride buries truth to save face. Love wants truth even if it costs self.
American Politics is a perfect illustration of what love should not act like. Political parties and news channels chop and slice the facts to spin every story for the benefit of their cause.
Chance: the barrel is bent. I just wanted to see what would happen.

Rather, love “rejoices with the truth”; loving people do not try to lie their way out when faced with the truth but accept responsibility for what they have done, for they know that, in the end, Jesus, who is “the way and the truth and the life” (Jn 14:6), triumphs.

Love always protects.

Love “always protects”; loving people are willing to overlook the foibles of others and do not betray them.

Love seeks what is best for others even when they mistreat us.
Love has Rhino Hide. You can kick it, cut it, scrape it- and you still won’t hurt it.
Our society refers to many things as love. Basically we conclude anything sexual is love. This could not be further from the truth.
Eros vs Agape

Love seeks the best for others.

Lust seeks instant gratification.

Much of what our society calls love is actually lust.
Spoiler alert: Romeo and Juliet had little to do with love. It was two spoiled brats, driven by lust, who killed themselves in a stubborn act of rebellion. Their deaths were motivated by lust and spite- not by love.
Any sexual experience outside of the marriage bond between a man and woman is not love. It is selfish lust. It is an eros absent of agape- which produces a twisted, corrupted selfish form of eros.
2 Samuel tells the story of Amnon and Tamar. They were half brothers and sisters, children of King David. Amnon fell in love with beautiful Tamar and desired her. He pretended to be sick and requested that she come and serve him food. She was sent to serve him, and he raped her. She begged him not to do it, insisting that they could be married if he would just wait. But he was selfish and proud and raped her anyway. Then the shame of his deed hit him and the Bible says he began to hate her even more than he had loved her. He threw her out of his home onto the streets. She lived the rest of her life lonely, disgraced and unmarried. Was that love? It was eros unchecked, corrupted by selfishness. It was the basest of animal instinct- but no, it was not love, not agape. It was selfish, proud, entitled.
Viewing or producing a provocative presentation is not love- it is exploitation, lust unleashed. This would include pornographic images and videos as well as enticing romantic movies.
True love protects. Sexual immorality wounds and exploits another person. Any perversion of sex. Any sexual experience outside the context of marriage between a man and woman is evil in God’s eyes, and creates guilt and shame in the hearts of both people. True love will refuse sexual expression outside of the context of marriage in order to honor and protect the other person.
Our sexual identity is so central to our self-perception. We spend a lifetime trying to escape the guilt of sexual perversion and exploitation.
True love will never try to exploit another person sexually. True love realizes that sexual perversion is terribly devastating. True love is patient. True love will respect and seek to preserve the sexual purity of another person, to protect them from the guilt and anguish of un-Godly sexual acts.

Love bears all things.

As we are naturally too much devoted to self, this vice renders us morose and peevish. The effect is, that every one wishes that others should carry him upon their shoulders, but refuses for his part to assist others. The remedy for this disease is love, which makes us subject to our brethren, and teaches us to apply our shoulders to their burdens, (Gal. 6:2.) Farther, as we are naturally spiteful, we are, consequently, suspicious too, and take almost everything amiss. Love, on the other hand, calls us back to kindness, so that we think favourably and candidly of our neighbours.

Love bears all things. “Bears” has the thought of protection. Love puts up an umbrella for others.

Love seeks to encourage, to edify, to empower others.
Pride seeks to discourage, to tear down, to put others down to control them.
Cover the dead bird
The Corinthians were operating out of pride and hyper-spirituality. The Corinthian Church was the most Pentecostal Church ever- and the least loving. Paul does not throw out the baby with the bathwater as some have done today. He does not deny or discourage the operation of the gifts of the spirit.
But he does lift up love as the standard and priority.
Cover the dead bird
The mate will spread its wings and cover its dead
That is what Jesus did for us. He spread His wings and covered us- preferring to die, rather than abandon us. We were dead in our sins, separated from God and deserving judgment, but Jesus died to take our sins, to cover our shame, to protect us, to rescue us.
That is love. Not self-seeking, but self-sacrificing.
The Cay
A proud stubborn white child named Phillip and an aged Caribbean black slave named Timothy are shipwrecked on a tiny island.
The boy Phillip is blinded in the shipwreck and Timothy tries to teach him how to survive. However, Phillip is terribly racist and berates Timothy constantly. Still Timothy teaches Phillip to survive on his own- even though he is blind. That is what love is like. It is humble and continues to serve and help those who demean and attack it.
When a hurricane hits the island, Timothy binds himself and Timothy with ropes to the lone palm tree on the island. During the storm, Timothy’s body shelters from the lashing of the storm. Timothy dies from the storm, but not before saving Phillip- who survives to be rescued. Eventually his eyes are healed through surgeries, and he becomes a sailor, searching again for the Cay where Timothy was buried.
Jesus became our covering. His death and blood cover us from the punishment we deserve. God has to punish sin when He sees it. But when we are clothed in Christ, Jesus covers us and His blood covers our sin. God paid the price to protect us from the sins we committed against Him.

Closing: JBQ Meeting & Potato Lunch

The Meaning Of Love Part 6

Love always trusts.
Love always trusts.

a Christian man will reckon it better to be imposed upon by his own kindness and easy temper, than to wrong his brother by an unfriendly suspicion.

Joseph Gordon: If someone is not cheating you, you are not doing much for God. If someone is not robbing you, taking advantage of you, stabbing you in the back, deceiving you, then you are not really dealing with lost people like you should be.
If we are cautious, so frugal, so reserved in our relationships that we are not dealing with people that lie, cheat, steal and abuse us- then we are not following in the footsteps of Jesus. Some would say- we must be wise. But the Bible says-”He that winneth souls is wise.” If your wisdom has caused you to be so cautious and self-protecting that you won’t even talk to broken, sinful people, or open your heart to a relationship with them for fear of getting cheated- then you have ceased to act out of wisdom and moved into the realm of acting in fear.
Love always hopes.

Love believes the best of others and hopes the best for them.

Love always perseveres.
Love never fails.
Love survives everything
Tough love is the only kind of love.
I don’t understand. I have seen pastor’s wives leave their husband for one single mistake, but I have seen sinner’s endure years of unfaithfulness and failure and stick it out.
How patient we are with the failures of others is directly related to how humble we are about our own failures. When we remember that God’s love embraces us, supports us, sticks with us at our worst, then we can stick with others through their worst times.
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