Love Notes Series: Love Leads to Peace

Love Notes Series: Love Leads to Peace
Did you know that before Jesus was betrayed, he said a prayer for all believers to come?

“I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.
-John 17:20-23
That’s right, he prayed for us here today, in 2016, that all the people who confess Jesus Christ as Lord, fully God and fully Man would be united in their faith, loving God and loving others, for the sake of the people who still might come to Christ?
We may clash from time to time, disagree about theology and about when, where and how to worship. But love between believers causes harmony. Harmony is peace. Love – Harmony – Peace. This is what Jesus brings.
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27
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Love Notes Series: Inseparable

Love Notes Series: Inseparable
Our acceptance of Jesus invites the acceptance of our broken selves to God.  Once covered in the righteousness of Jesus, we are inseparable from God’s protection from that moment forward.
“Who will bring a charge against God’s elect?” -Romans 8:33.
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Love Notes Series: Obedience is Evidence

Love Notes Series: Obedience is Evidence
I couldn’t say it better than this, so here is the commentary straight from the my MacArthur Study Bible:
“Habitual obedience to his commandments is evidence of the believer’s love for Him and the Father. This is consistent with the teaching in James 2:14-26 that true saving faith is manifest by works produced by God in the transforming, regenerating power of the Spirit. those words are expressions of the love which the Spirit pours in the the believer’s heart.”
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Love Notes Series: Prove it.

Love Notes Series: Prove it.
Do you recall the story of Peter denying Jesus  the night he was betrayed? Three times people asked Peter if he was associated with Jesus. The man he had followed and shared life with for 3 years prior as a close confidante. “I don’t know the man,” he had said, three times.
And how after Jesus was resurrected, he reappeared to the apostle Peter:
Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My lambs.”
He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you  love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Shepherd My sheep.”
He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Tend My sheep.”
John 21:15-17
Love is proven by our choice of action. It is not only to be lip-service, but a commitment. At work they look for measurable goals and judge my work by the results I bring, not by my self-evaluation.
This may seem obvious to the point of absurdity, but it is a point so easily missed. God is not looking for followers to click “Like” on his page and answer “Christian” in the text field next to “Religion”. He wants to see your heart so moved by his love for you that you will be deeply motivated to work for his cause.
And not just that – He wants the opportunity to work in and through you. He wants to work TOGETHER with you.
Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. Isaiah 1:17
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Love Notes Series: God’s Essential Quality

Love Notes Series: God’s Essential Quality
God is the essence of love; it is inherent in all he does. Even his judgement and wrath are perfectly harmonized with His love.
Someone may profess to be a Christian but only those who display his love like their heavenly father actually possess His divine nature and are truly born again.
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Love Notes Series: The Silliest Question

Love Notes Series: The Silliest Question
I ask my husband the same maddening question at least once or twice a week.
“Do you love me?”
“Yes,” he replies.
“How much?”
“A lot.” He is absorbed in his computer screen.
Hmph, I think to myself, He should say yes, but that didn’t do it for me. I’m still craving something stronger.
Sometimes I feel insecure, unpretty and in need of reassurance, and I want someone to convince me of my loved-ness. When I ask this mindless question I am really asking for something that he cannot give me with a word.
I used to think this was because we overused the word, causing its true guttural meaning to fade little by little. We say, “I love those shoes!” or “I love her hair cut” or “Tell me you love me”. But really, I think it is because love lives in an action, not in the verbal word. Anyone can say anything. But to act it out is real and tangible and measurable.
In 1 Corinthians, of course, Paul is describing how love ought to look between one another. It is always patient and gracious. never rough, arrogant or boastful.
Instead of asking my husband this silly question which really means nothing, I should see what he is doing. Because on that computer screen, he has been updating our budget, paying the bills, and making sure we have enough to make ends meet by the end of the month. He is purchasing my vitamins on amazon and answering emails for work. It’s not moonlit-gondolas-in-Venice-candle-lit-dinner “love” – That kind is just for show. It’s practical, unglamourous, love, that works for the good of another. That’s fulfilling and good for the soul.
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