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This Preaching in Shorts sermon series is called “From Nothing to Something”.
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We are in a series called “From Nothing to Something”. The idea for the series comes from 1 Peter 2:10 where Peter says that once we were not a people and now we are the people of God. We have gone from nothing to something. We have talked about living hope, greatly rejoicing, salvation, loving Jesus, grace and being holy and redemption. Today we are going to talk about loving well.
1 Peter 1:20-22 (NIV)
20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. 22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart.
1. God Is Love
It seems to me the best place to start talking about loving well is to talk about the love of God.
1 John 4:8 (NIV)
8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
God is love.
2. The Greatest Commandment
Matthew 22:36-40 (NIV)
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Jesus was asked, what is the most important commandment of all the Old Testament commandments? Love God all in. But Jesus didn’t stop there, He said “The second is like It”. “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Jesus said loving each other is like loving God.
3. Love is the way faith is expressed
Galatians 5:6 (NIV)
6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
“Faith working through love.” What this verse means is that love is the way faith expresses itself and proves in life that it is real. Without love faith is dead. This is what James said:
James 2:17 (NIV)
17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.
4. Love is the hallmark of a believer
John 13:34-35 (NIV)
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
5. Start with the Golden Rule
Matthew 7:12 (NIV)
12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
This “law of reciprocity” permeates our culture and society. However, as the people of the Kingdom of God, we have a different standard.
This is known as the Golden Rule. We are to treat people the way we want to be treated. By that I mean we are to initiate love, not just respond to it. We are to be kind to everyone, not just to the people that are kind to us. It is a completely different concept than the one that most of us are used to. We treat others right, regardless of how they treat us. All of us probably need to take a pretty good look at how well we are doing in this area of our lives. I would guess that we are way more influenced by the “law of reciprocity” than we are the “golden rule”.