DARING TO LOVE AND BE LOVED

Pastor Bill Stevenson and Justin Mosher

 

February 14, 2021

 

LOVE MATTERS MOST

 

“Which is the most important command?” Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. ‘This is the first and greatest commandment. The second most important is similar: ‘Love your neighbor as much as you love yourself.”

Matthew 22:36-39 (LB)

 

3 LAWS OF LOVE

 

I.    THE BEST USE OF LIFE IS ______________  

        Why?

 

1.  Love validates my _______________. 

        “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” 1 John 4:8 (NIV)

 

“If we say we love God, but hate others, we are liars. For we cannot love God, whom we have not seen, if we do not love others, whom we have seen.” 1 John 4:20 (TEV)

 

2.  Love integrates my _______________.

  “Love is more important than anything else. It is what ties everything completely together.” Colossians 3:14 (CEV)

  

3.  Love compensates for my _______________.

              “Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 (NLT)

 

              “God wiped out the charges that were against us for disobeying the Law… He took them away and nailed them to the cross.”  Colossians 2:14 (CEV)

 

 

 4.  Love reverberates ________________.

“Three things will continue forever: faith, hope, and love. And the greatest of these is love.”

1 Corinthians 13:13 (NCV)

 

“No matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.” 1 Corinthians 13:3 (MSG)

 

II.    THE BEST EXPRESSION OF LOVE IS ______________

      “We must show love through actions that are sincere, not      through empty words.”  1 John 3:18 (GW)

     

            “The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.”             Galatians 5:6 (NIV)

 

“Live a life filled with love for others, following the example of Christ, who loved you and gave himself as a sacrifice to take away your sins.”  Ephesians 5:2 (NLT)

 

III. THE BEST TIME TO LOVE IS ___________________

           “Whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to                everyone…” Galatians 6:10 (NLT)

 

           “Use every chance you have for doing good.”

            Ephesians 5:16 (NCV)

 

           “Whenever you possibly can, do good to those who need it. Never tell your neighbors to wait until tomorrow if you can help them now.”  Proverbs 3:27-28 (GN)

                                   

     “Let love be your highest goal.” 1 Corinthians 14:1 (NLT)

 

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