Speaking the truth in love

https://frankking.net/2018/08/thoughts-on-speaking-the-truth-in-love/

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Loving God A Sermon by Tope Koleoso

Last Sunday, my dear friend and pastor Tope Koleoso preached the second part in a series on Loving God which was kicked off the previous week by one of our other pastors. Tope opened up much more than he typically does, and shared personal stories which helped illustrate his point that LOVING God is absolutely central to everything in the Christian life. I urge you to watch it, since although you may think you know all there is to know about loving God, this sermon will I am sure come to you with a freshness and fresh challenge: “Do I really love God?”

Listen at: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/adrianwarnock/2018/08/loving-god-a-sermon-by-tope-koleoso/

If God is so loving . . .

If God is so loving why doesn’t He universally forgive everyone? Love is only part of God’s character. He is also infinitely and perfectly just. How can God forgive someone who admits no guilt? How can He forgive those who insist that there is nothing for which He needs to forgive them? And would it not be the utmost folly to do so? If in His mercy and grace God simply passed over human rebellion, would that not be condoning evil and even encouraging it? Would that not in itself undermine God’s control of His universe?

God’s laws are essential to governing the physical universe. The moral beings who have the power to act destructively must also be governed by laws, or chaos would reign. If He would go back on His moral laws, who could have any confidence in anything else that God has said or would say?

Christ asked His disciples to pray, “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Mat:6:10). Surely that fact indicates that all is not as God desires it to be on this earth. Men are in rebellion against Him. Forgiveness can only be in accord with God’s justice.
–Dave Hunt (April 2001 Berean Call).
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True Love Expressed

1 Peter 1:22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.

Can any of us remember the first time we used the word love? I can’t remember the first time – because – like my grandchildren – it was probably to a relative – like my mom or dad – when I was a wee lad. I love it when my grandchildren say – I love you Pop. I tell them I love them every time I see them.

Can we remember – in our teen or older years – the first time we used the word love? Maybe it was in reference to a singing group or singer? Something like – I love Stevie Wonder or the Beatles or Steppenwolf. Maybe it was in reference to a TV or movie star? Something like – I love Elvis Presley or John Wayne (I’ll let our younger readers have a moment to Google the above mentioned persons and groups).

Can we remember – in our teen or older years – the first time we used the word love? Maybe we can remember the first time we told someone we really liked that we loved them? It might have been our first encounter with the opposite sex. It may have been short lived or lasted even till today or a lifetime.

Can we remember the first time we told Jesus we loved Him? For many – their conversion was a life-changing event. Even if they grew up in the church – that moment when they acknowledged Christ as their personal Lord and Savior was life changing. I can remember my conversion moment – it was powerful and yes – life-changing.

Here is today’s passage in partial context. 1 Peter 1:13–25 – 13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 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 each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For, “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, 25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.” And this is the word that was preached to you.

During this time of political unrest – even theological unrest – we must continue to tell people – when appropriate – that we love them. We also need to remember to express love to all people (loving hearts and attitudes). I would suggest that hitting the love icon on social media is a weak expression of love.

When we do not express love – walls go up that will hinder us from reaching people for Jesus. Remember – our witness extends these days to social media. As my wife often reminds me – our task is to help lead people to Christ not help them to support or reject the #POTUS or any politician. Let our love for Jesus be sincere and let us deny self and show love to all – sincere love that goes beyond a person agreeing with us or not on their support or rejection of the current #POTUS or his policies or other politicians and policies. We might be far left of far right in our political and even theological views but we can still express love to one another in Christ. True love expressed for one another will go a long way in keeping us connected – even as we disagree.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

Comment at: https://raymcdonald.wordpress.com/2018/01/17/true-love-expressed/

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Life in the Early Church

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:42-47

Luke abruptly shifts the scene from Pentecost to a summation of the period that followed in which he tells us what they did and how they lived during this early time. What is there for me to add to this picture?

Not much. There is one thing: For me at least, there are two references here that are easy to miss: First, notice that during this period they are said to have enjoyed “the favor of all the people” and finally, the Lord “added to their number daily”. When the love of Christ shines through the Body of believers into the larger community, amazing and wonderful things happen.

That should give us something to ponder…

Comment at: https://lifereference.wordpress.com/2018/01/16/life-in-the-early-church-2/

We thank You, Lord, that Your love is the greatest love of all

“Love is as strong as death … It burns like a blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it” (Song of Solomon 7:6-7). We thank You, Lord, that Your love is the greatest love of all: “Nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39). We can never earn Your love: “If a man offered for love all the wealth of his house, it would be utterly scorned” (Song of Solomon 8:7). Your love is always Your gift to us. May Your love burn, in our hearts, “like a blazing fire, like a mighty flame” – a fire that burns up our dross, a refining fire that purifies us, a flame that burns for Your glory.

Comment: https://learningfromgodsword.wordpress.com/2018/06/13/we-thank-you-lord-that-your-love-is-the-greatest-love-of-all/

It’s What?

“Live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.”1

Alan Smith tells the story about a dignified, elderly woman who was among a group viewing an art exhibition in a newly opened gallery. When one contemporary painting caught her eye, addressing the artist standing nearby, she gasped, “What on earth is that?”

He smiled condescendingly. “That, my dear lady, is supposed to be a mother and her child.”

“Well, then,” reasoned the little old lady, “why isn’t it?”2

The rest is at: http://www.actsweb.org/daily.php?id=675