Life is a such…

Life is a such a competition especially here in the U.S. Everybody is trying to out do each other, trying to “keep up with the Jones’ and them”, or be the Jones; but the thing is what in life are we competing for? what is the prize , the end result? To able to say that you did better than somebody else. And what defines better? I know one thing, whatever we (people) are trying to compete for is not what God wants us to compete for. We are supposed to be competing for the Kingdom of Heaven, our ultimate treasure.

(1 Corinthians 9:24-25) 24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. 25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown.

(Mark 8:36) 36 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?

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Made perfect in love: How we love others with the love of God

Made perfect in love:

How we love others with the love of God

 

Renewed mind and new man

First we start with our foundation: new birth and how we became born again.

  • John 3: 5-8
  • Romans 5: 12-15; 6: 4-6, 11-14

Once we are born again we have to focus on self through renewing our mind and nurturing our spirit man.

  • Romans 12: 1-2
    • We are changed by having fewer thoughts like the world and having more thoughts like the Kingdom.
  • Ephesians 4: 17-24
    • We flee from sin and start to become more like Christ.
  • 1 John 4: 4, 6
    • Since we are of God we should be more like Him.
  • Hebrews 5: 12-14
    • We must feed our spirit man “age” appropriate food.
  • 1 Corinthians 13: 11-13
    • We put behind us our childish ways (old ways) and look at ourselves the way God sees us. Now that our new man is developing we only know of God’s plans in part.
    • We must abide in the Lord. His greatest gift is love.

 

Greatest commandment: love God and your neighbor (1 John 4:21, Luke 10:27, Mark 12: 30-31, etc.)

 

Love

 

  • John 3: 16
  • 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7
    • Love is unconditional

God

 

 

        SORRY THERE WAS A PICTURE HERE THAT DIDN’T SHOW UP. It’s a huge heart with God in the middle. There are two stick people, one on each side of the heart. Arrows are pointing to the heart representing our love for God and God loving us. Within the heart our love for God turns into a dash line meaning God’s love is being manipulated so we can love others. Between the stick people is a squiggly, unconnected line with a stop sign on the line. This represents that we can love others from ourselves. Loving from ourselves is conditional, self-fulfilling.

  • When we love God we can love others. We can’t love others out of our own will because love is not in us. We don’t have the power to love from ourselves if don’t know and love Christ first.

  

How to love (God’s instructions)

 

As Christians we are to love one another, but we have to love others the way God love us.

  • 1 John 4:7-16
    • God is love
    • Though love is unconditional, there is one condition in loving others, we must ABIDE IN GOD
  • Ephesians 4: 25-32
    • Rid yourself of hateful and mean behaviors. Be sweet and kindhearted to one another.

    Romans 12: 9-21

  • 1 Samuel 16:7
    • When you love others don’t focus on what you see on the outside, look at what you see in the inside. When you look at someone’s heart you should see God.

    Colossians 3

  • Galatians 5: 22-23
    • Bare the fruit of the Spirit

Perfect love

  • Colossians 3:14
    • Love is what makes us perfect
  • 1 John 4:12, 17-19
    • Love has been perfected when we abide in God.
    • When we become obedient and put fear aside from serving others the way that God has called us to serve and love one another then we can be made perfect in love. We have to be bold and not worry about what people will think of us when we go ALL out to do the will of God, even when it goes against the norms of the world.
  • 1 Corinthians  13: 8-10
    • Once we become perfect in God’s love what we knew of God’s plans in part will no longer be done in part, but be done in completeness, wholeness, PERFECTION…. 1.
      • 1 represents unity, God (John 17: 20-26)
  • Matthew 5:48
    • We must be made perfect because God is perfect. BE LIKE CHRIST.