Sunday, July 12, 2009

What is Love?

Connecting to Christ Allows us to Love Better

What is real love?

What is Love? According to:
• Pat Benatar…it’s a battlefield.
• Goethe "Love is an ideal thing, marriage a real thing."
• Oliver Wendell Holmes: Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness."
• Mark Twain: “Love is the irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired."
• Woody Allen: “Love is to suffer.”
• Solomon: “love is better than wine.”

Love is divine—it starts with God.
  • God goes first. Prevenient Love
  • God gives first. “while we were yet sinners…”
Love is a daily decision—is a response to God’s love.
  • You have two relationships with any gift, to receive it or reject it.
  • Everyday you wake up and you get to choose if your life will reflect the love God has for you to the people you come into contact with, or will you reject that love.
  • Love people, use objects.
Love is a discipline—supports and reinforces the decision.
  • Discipline (n): training that corrects, molds, or perfects the mental faculties or moral character.
  • It is practiced…there is always room to get better.
If you are serious, if you want to really get serious about what God wants you to do, then follow Jesus instructions:
  • Loving with your heart…what you are willing to pay the cost for, where your treasure is, that’s where your heart is. That is, where your time and money are spent spent
  • Loving with your soul…what you care most about, where you spend your dreams.
  • Loving with your mind…what you consider—what you think about most?
I invited those who need some prompting to read the scriptures daily to visit You Version, you can go there for three readings daily to read through the Bible in a year. Here is the link: http://www.youversion.com/ There is a version available for SmartPhones and I-phones as well.

  • Loving with all your strength…what you create, where you expend your energy.
What’s the reward? Jesus said it best, “you are not far from the kingdom of God."
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