We can make a home in God’s love. We can live out of a “Thank You”, a love response to God. His love gives action.
Our response to God’s love includes building relationships. From the Scripture we get a sense of community that includes the intentional development of meaningful relationships, based on God’s purpose & principles, resulting in each person having a sense of belonging, acceptance, and significance. We are choosing to love each other in the way that Jesus loves us, which results in building relationships.
“Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.” Ephesians 3:17b Love gives a changed life and not one where you are left alone. It is possible to grow in your understanding of God’s love for you, to experience it, and share it with others.
God’s love for us is selfless. There is an encouragement from this, in Jesus. There is a life that is better than living “Me First”, where we put God and others above our own desire to look good, feel good, be right, and stay in control.
God’s love for us is kind. It is both pleasant and practical. It is good and good for you.
You’ve heard it said, “Love is patient.” What does that mean? It figuratively means “taking a long time to boil”. There is life changing encouragement here.
God’s love for us is faithful – every day – all day, without fail, never giving up, never losing faith, always hopeful, enduring through every circumstance. And so John wrote, “We know what real love is because Jesus gave up His life for us.” So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.” 1 John 3:16
When we learn more about God’s love, we can better receive it, be changed by it, and bring it to others.
Today we celebrate our 6th anniversary as a church. Let’s talk about Jesus as we look back on the last year and forward to reveal plans for 2017. As we finish our 21 days of prayer & fasting we listen to what God is saying to us as a church.
David wrote, “I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me.”
“You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever.” Psalm 16:8, 11 To enjoy God’s presence we must recognize that He is more valuable than anything else in our lives. Let us believe that God the Holy Spirit is our Advocate, who will never leave us. Let us recognize Him by looking for Him.