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Sunday, February 14, 2016

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

We had a great day in the Lord’s house today. The Lord met with us and helped us today through the preaching of the Word of God.

This morning for Sunday school we looked at God’s love since it was Valentine’s Day. The greatest verse in the Bible about God’s love is John 3:16. Not only is John 3:16 the greatest verse on love, but it is the greatest verse in the Bible because in that verse we find the greatest person, the greatest compassion, the greatest number, the greatest act, the greatest gift, the great condition, the greatest mercy and the greatest reward. God’s love is so much greater than our love and as humans we cannot fully understand all about God’s love for mankind. If we got a tape measure out and tried to measure God’s love we would run out of the tape measure before we would exhaust the love of God. His love cannot be measure. His love is from everlasting to everlasting. He’s always been a God of love and will always be a God of love. His love for man will never end. Nothing that we can ever do will ever cause God to stop loving us. That doesn’t give us the right to go out and do anything we want though either. We ought to do right because God loves us and we love Him. There is no one that God doesn’t love. He loves the drunk of the street and the murder just as much as He loves someone who has grown up in church. He doesn’t desire to see any person go to hell. A person goes to hell because they reject God’s love and die in their sins. Oh how great is the love of God. Do you know God’s love in your life?

This morning Pastor preached out of John 15:12-14 on “What Is Love?” If we were to die to some things in our lives, our love would be greater for God, our spouse, our children, to others, etc. Love is measured by our response. 1 Tim. 4:10 – his response was that he forsook. He didn’t do what he was supposed to do. His love was in the wrong place. The responses we make this week will measure our love. We’re not going to die for our friends if we are in love with this world. 1 Tim. 6:10 – they erred from the faith because of their love for money. There is nothing wrong with having money; it becomes wrong when we love money. If we love money, money will begin to control our lives and cause us to err from the faith. It will cause us to lose those things that are precious in our lives that we love. 1 Peter 3:10 – measure your love for one another. This person speaks evil of everything. Nothing will ever satisfy them no matter how much you try. They don’t love others because they speak evil of others to hurt them. Life is miserable and a big mess for the person that can’t control their tongue and speaks evil about everything. We should keep our mouth form talking evil about others. Lk. 6:27 – here we find the true meaning of love. We know we are right with god when someone hates us and we can love them anyway. If we know someone hates us, we should do good unto them. Why? We should do good because the Bible commands us to do so. Gal. 5:14 – tell us we should love our neighbor. Eph. 4:15 – tell us we should speak the truth in love. If we speak the truth in love we will help someone; but if we speak the truth in hatred we will do nothing but hurt the other individual and make things worse. Speaking the truth in love is not easy, but necessary. If our response is right, our love will be right. 2 Tim. 4:8 – our response to love should be that we are looking for His return. If we don’t look for His coming, we are not going to purify ourselves as 1 John 3:3 tells us to. If we don’t love Him we are not going to look for His coming. Rom. 5:8 – God laid His life down for His enemies. Jesus called Judas His friend. He was hated by others yet He laid down His life for them. Our example of how we should love others. This is the best definition of love is for us to lay down our life for our friends, but also to lay it down for our enemies as Jesus did. How is your love? How does your love measure up? If you want a good marriage, measure up your love.

Tonight Pastor preached on “I Care What My Father Thinks” out of 1 Sam. 17:31-37. When we have trouble with the Philistines we will have trouble with everyone else. In the fight that we are going to have to fight, we will learn how to fight in secret – vs. 34. If we’re going to serve God we’re going to have to fight alone and in secret. We are going to fight battles secretly that no one else knows about. Those fights will help strengthen us for the other battles that are coming our way that we may have to fight in public. Learn to fight in secret and alone. The fight is going to be scary. No, the Bible doesn’t say it’s scary, but it had to be scary. We’re going to be scared to do because we don’t know what to do and we don’t know how to win. If we are going to make it for God we’re going to have to be scare sometimes. There is nothing wrong with being scared, we just not need to let our fear rule us. When our fear rules us, then we become defeated and cannot fight. God’s going to have us do things that we’ve never done before. The fight we are facing is serious. When we start to realize what we can lose, we then learn that our fight is serious. The battle for our life, our family, and our kids is a serious fight. Fight and stop the devil from getting our family. It is a survival thing going on when we realize how serious the fight is. We need to kill the lion and the bear before they get us and our family. We need to look out for the lion and the bear that is coming for our family. The fight is a serious fight because we could love our life. If we don’t kill the lion and the bear the first time, it’ll come back again. If we don’t get serious about the fight we are going to lose our love. We should fight for what we love and who we love. We’re not winning the battles because we’re not fighting. The church isn’t going to fight your battles for us. We’re going to have to get serious and fight them for ourselves. We will also learn that the fights are similar. We’ll know how to fight the next battle because we fought the first battle and won. We can make it but we have to get serious and we have to fight. In all three of these battles David faced the enemy wanted to kill. The enemy is out to kill us as well and we need to right. Anything worth having is worth fighting for.

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