Love And Its Power
- SCRIPTURE READING:
12:20-21 = "Therefore if thine enemy
hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him
drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire
on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil
- LOVE IS THE MOST POWERFUL FORCE IN
- More powerful than physical force
- More powerful than rebuking or
- LOOK WITH ME AT HOW THE POWER OF
LOVE WORKS IN THREE WAYS.
- ON OUR SELF:
emotion whether it be good or bad will have bring forth
reaction and love is involved
in these emotions.
- The man we hate suffers as a result
of our hatred, but not to the degree that we suffer.
- It is impossible to hurt an other
individual and not hurt ourselves.
- Hatred works like poison in ones
mind and will destroy even the finest qualities
- The individual loved is blessed
by our love, but not as greatly as we are blessed.
20:35 = "I have shewed you all
things, how that so labouring ye ought to
support the weak, and to remember the words of the
Lord Jesus, how he said, It is
more blessed to give than to receive."
- You can not help a fellowman
without helping yourself as well.
- Even if our love fails to touch
an enemys heart, it is never wasted for love:
13:8-10 = "Owe no man any thing,
but to love one another: for he that loveth another
hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not
commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt
not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other
commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this
saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour
as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour:
therefore love is the fulfilling of the law."
- Makes us more like God.
5:44-45 = "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
John 4:8 = "He that loveth
not knoweth not God; for God is love."
- Prepares us for heaven.
- ON OTHERS:
When love is manifest before and unto others happiness
- It overcomes their animosity or
- Love disarms the foe, hushes
the cynic; and put the enemy to shame.
- When drastic methods fail, as
they always do, love will prevail.
15:1 = "A soft answer turneth away
wrath: but grievous words stir up
- It will draw others to us.
While hatred drives people from us, love will
draw them to us.
31:3 = "The LORD hath appeared
of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have
loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with
lovingkindness have I drawn thee."
12:32 = "And I, if I be lifted
up from the earth, will draw all men unto me."
- It binds others to us:
- Love is like a cement that bonds
things together, in this case mankind.
2:2 = "That their hearts might
be comforted, being knit together
in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance
of understanding, to the
acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the
Father, and of Christ;"
3:14 = "And above all these things
put on charity, which is the
bond of perfectness."
- Love in combination with the
Word of God is what binds the people of God
together in "keeping the unity of the
Spirit in the bond of peace."
- It opens the door of hope:
- It gives us encouragement when
it seems there is no hope.
- It makes live worth living.
- The love of one person will cause
another to desire to live.
Corinthians 13:13 = "And now abideth
faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest
of these is charity."
6:18-19 = "That by two immutable
things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we
might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge
to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope
we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast,
and which entereth into that within the veil;"
Peter 1:21 = "Who by him do believe
in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave
him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God."
- ON GOD:
causes the great Spiritual force in the universe to
operate in our favor. When "We
love him, because he first loved us." [I
John 4:19] It is this love that reaches up to
of throne of the Almighty and moves it.
- For it is in a loving heart, that
God takes up His abode.
14:23 = "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."
- By the deeds of love, the divine
memory of God is refreshed.
6:10 = "For God is not unrighteous
to forget your work and labour of
love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in
that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister."
- For those that love God, He will
makes all things work together for Good.
8:28 = "And we know that all things
work together for good to them that love God, to them
who are the called according to his purpose."
- WE MUST UNDERSTAND THIS POWER OF
LOVE IN ORDER TO RENDER THE
GREATEST SERVICE TO GOD.
14:15 = "If ye love me, keep my commandments."
- WE ARE WEAK, AND YET THERE IS A MIGHT
FORCE WITHIN OUR GRASP.
- Let us take it and use it not selfishly
for selfishness will bring to an end true love.
- Life is sweeter -- the circle of
our influence is wider -- we are more powerful when
- The keeping of Gods commandments
is that which avails through faith.
5:6 = "For in Jesus Christ neither
circumcision availeth anything, nor
uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love."
- HOW POWERFUL IS THE LOVE IN YOUR
- In you for salvation?
- In others for their salvation?
- In reaching the throne of God in
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