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God's Inexpressable Gift, PART 1 - LOVE

H. Lee Joyner

The Power of Love, By Ellen McGrath, published on December 01, 2002

"Love is as critical for your mind and body as oxygen. It's not negotiable. The more connected you are, the healthier you will be both physically and emotionally. The less connected you are, the more you are at risk.

It is also true that the less love you have, the more depression you are likely to experience in your life. Love is probably the best antidepressant there is because one of the most common sources of depression is feeling unloved. Most depressed people don't love themselves and they do not feel loved by others. They also are very self-focused, making them less attractive to others and depriving them of opportunities to learn the skills of love."

 

No matter how Independent and Hyper individualist you are WE WERE BORN FOR LOVE!

The Story of GOD in human History is a LOVE STORY

  • (GENESIS TO REVELATIONS) God LOVING/ENJOYING/GLORIFYING Himself (God has NO NEEDS we can meet)
  • RELENTLESSLY LOVING US! (Dode, the mingling of Souls)

God's AMAZING Love towards us REVEALED through the PERSON of JESUS...

GOD'S LOVE IS...

  • (1)Pure, (2)Deep, (3)Great, and (4)Powerful

PURE - Romans 5:6-8 (ESV)

  • "God Shows" - Present Tense, still sinners
  • His love is unconditional
    • EVEN BEFORE WE WERE FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST!...
    • God proved His love by sending Christ to die for us
  • God continues to show His love for us by pointing to His Son!
  • Every-time you ask God if He loves you He points back to the CROSS!
    • We hadn't:
      • Asked for forgiveness, Repented, Acted in loving ways towards God, Hadn't changed, we didn't want to change!
  • YET GOD SAYS I LOVE YOU!!!!
  • That's the PURITY OF GOD'S LOVE

DEEP  - John 3:16 (ESV)

  • If you asked me years ago why I love Carmen years ago it would have been easy (common interest, similar callings, she's good looking...)
  • NOW that's a very difficult question to answer
    • there are SOOO many reason!
    • I don't have the words to describe my love for her now, BECAUSE OF ALL WE'VE BEEN THROUGH!
  • (3) points in this text we must understand
  • Universal Nature
    • All of the individuals in the WORLD
    • If I was the only one... still would have died
  • Sacrificial
    • He did something on our behalf - Gave His ONLY Son
  • Purpose
    • We can have eternal Life, WE WERE NOT BORN FOR
      • a joyless existence
      • this conflict in your souls
      • hopelessness
      • addictions
  • YOU WERE BORN FOR A DESTINY, REASON, AND A PURPOSE!
    • I SO LOVE YOU - THAT IS WHY JESUS HAS COME!
    • To give us "Abundant Life", ZOE! John 10:10

GREAT - John 15:13, 14

  1. John 13 through 16 (God summarizes everything He has taught them in 3-1/2 years)  - Theme of these chapters is LOVE
    • The greatest thing you can do for someone, is to give your life for them!
    • This is the greatest things he can do for them...

John 10:17, 18 - NO ONE TOOK HIS LIFE (Jesus' OWN initiative)

  • We do not just have the love of the Father,
    • The love of the Son was equal to the love of the father
    • Jesus gladly laid down His LIFE for us!
    • If I wanted to he could have called 10,000 angels
    • I gladly stood there as they...
    • put the crown of thorns on My head
    • gladly leaned over as they scourged My back
    • gladly laid there as they nailed My through the hands and feet
  • JESUS WANTED THEM ALL TO KNOW THAT "NO ONE TAKES MY LIFE, I LAY IT DOWN!!!!!!!!
  • HOW GREAT IS THE LOVE OF JESUS!... I WISH I HAD THE WORDS!

POWERFUL - Ephesians 2:1-10 (ESV)

  • Verses 1-3, ALL of us apart from GOD
    • Dead
      • Not the cessation of life, BUT Spiritual Death, Separation from God
      • This is the inability to meaningfully communicate with God
      • Sin has put us in this position with God
      • Means there is NO spiritual life or vitality in us
      • We are powerless for personal transformation
      • We are alienated from God! (Colossians 1:21, 22)
    • Disobedience
      • We do what we want to do
      • Want to lie we lie
      • Want to sleep around we sleep around
      • Want to manipulate we manipulate
      • Want to lash out in anger we do that
    • Depraved
      • This does not mean there is no good in us
      • It means the good in us is not good enough to meet God's standard
      • BUT He does not leave us there.
      • We are a condemned piece of property BUT the property is valuable to GOD!
      • This is the REASON for verse 4!

 

  • Verse 4-6 (BUT GOD)
    • We don't partner with God on our own change, God does it Himself!
    • You can't help yourself
    • YOU DO NOT PARTICIPATE in your own transformation!
    • This is NOT like having a life coach where you can do a few things to rearrange...
      • personality
      • approaches
      • motivations
  • This is the power of His LOVE.
    • GOD SAYS you were BORN FOR MORE!
    • He stepped in, changed us, and made us NEW!
    • The Love of God says you don't belong in your current condition!
    • You don't belong there and I will not leave you there!

CONCLUSION: We MUST to respond to God's LOVE

  • It is, Pure, Deep, Great, Powerful, Transformational
  • It will...
    • change you structurally
    • clean you up
    • give you hope
    • give you a future
    • give you power
  • That love must be responded too
    • He wants us to turn to Him (God supplies the grace for this Philippians 2:13)
    • God wants our acknowledged we can't do it ourselves
    • We can't do it apart from HIM!
      • Declare to God and the world that I was BORN FOR GOD'S GLORY... NOT MY OWN!
      • This is Repentance, in faith!
        • At that moment God's love is released in us!

OH HOW GREAT IS THE LOVE OF GOD!!!

 

 

 

 

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