The Practicality of Love

THE PRACTICALITY OF LOVE

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

INTRO – RECAP SERIES: PRINCIPLES OF LOVE AND THE QUALITY OF LOVE, THE POWER OF LOVE, AND TODAY THE PRACTICALITY OF LOVE.

  • STORED (POTENTIAL) ENERGY VS POTENTIAL ENERGY – HOOVER DAM.
  • LOVE MUST BE RELEASED FOR ITS POWER TO BE EXPERIENCED: LOVE MUST BE ACTIVE, LOVE CAUSES US TO INVOLVED, LOVE CAUSES US TO TAKE RISKS, LOVE CAUSES US MAKE SACRIFICES, LOVE ENABLES US TO FORGIVE, LOVE IS PROACIVE.
  • LOVE CAUSES US TO MAKE AN INVESTMENT IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS THAT CANNOT REPAY US BACK.

STORY OF THE GOOD SAMARITAN (LUKE 10:30 – 37)

  • HE SAW THE NEED.
  • HE HAD COMPASSION.
  • HE ACTED:  HE WENT TO HIM, HE BOUND UP HIS WOUNDS, AND HE TOOK CARE OF HIM.
  • JESUS TELLS US GO AND DO LIKEWISE.

CONCLUSION – SCRIPTURE COMMANDS US TO DEMONSTRATE OUR LOVE IN PRACTICAL WAYS:

  • MAT 25:33-41 – JESUS SEPARATES SHEEP & GOATS
  • JAMES 2:15-16. – FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD
  • THE SOURCE OF THAT LOVE IS GOD’S LOVE PHIL 2:1-8.
  • MOVIE “THE END OF THE SPEAR” – STORY OF JIM ELLIOTT & HIS FAMILY.
  •   SOMETIMES THE LOVE OF GOD WILL ASK US TO DO THE IMPOSSIBLE: CORRIE TEN BOON METTING WITH HER FORMER SS GUARD.
  • SCRIPTURES
  • Mat 25:33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
  • Mat 25:34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.
  • Mat 25:35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,
  • Mat 25:36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
  • Mat 25:37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?
  • Mat 25:38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?
  • Mat 25:39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
  • Mat 25:40 “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’
  • Mat 25:41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
  • Mat 25:42 For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink,
  • Mat 25:43 I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’
  • Mat 25:44 “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’
  • Mat 25:45 “He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’
  • Mat 25:46 “Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

 

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