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It's A Love Thing

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It’s A Love Thing

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Galatians 5:13–15 NKJV
13 For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!

Confession of Faith I am not moved by what I see or by what I feel. I am moved by what I believe. I believe the WORD of God! The victory is mine! I have it now! I can see it through the eyes of my faith!

Jesus Christ has set you and me free. As a believer, we no longer have to work to secure God's approval and acceptance. We are accepted – You have been accepted, by God through the work of Jesus Christ.
However, there is something you must always remember: Your liberty is not license in being free to sin, or to do as a you want.
Christian liberty is being free not to sin. It is being free to overcome the passions and urges of the flesh that unceasingly wage war against your better judgment. We must remain conscious of the indwelling Holy Spirit and His power! That Power that is able to keep you from sin
Romans 6:1–2 NKJV
1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?
Romans 6:1–2 The Message
1 So what do we do? Keep on sinning so God can keep on forgiving? 2 I should hope not! If we’ve left the country where sin is sovereign, how can we still live in our old house there?
Here’s my point, as believers
We do not WALK in sin,
We LOVE GOD
WE LOVE our Neighbors
We Walk and Live Under the Law of LOVE
Galatians 5:13 The Message
13 It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows.
There is liberty versus license. We know that we can never become perfect, no matter how much good you and I do. You cannot keep enough of the laws to make yourself right with God. No matter what you try you will always be short of the mark of God. If we are ever to be acceptable to God it has to be because Loves us enough!. This is the Good News, God love us so much that
· he provided the perfect Situation for us to be in Right Standing with him
· He provided Someone to bear our punishment for violating the law
Here’s what we as believers stand on:
That God loves me – in spite of myself
If God can love me – I know he loves you
We know this truth and for some who may be skeptical about following Jesus know this .
• that Jesus Christ lived a sinless life and secured the ideal relationship between You and God.
• that Jesus Christ died for each one of us —died bearing the judgment of the law for us
The point is this: when a you believe this about Christ—that Jesus Christ is Your Savior—God takes your belief and counts it as righteousness.
That’s how we become acceptable to God.
We are not acceptable to God, because of the work we do, or that we become better in man’s eyes for keeping some law, rule or ritual!
We are acceptable to God, because Jesus Christ has set us free from the struggle to be good enough to be saved. And always wondering if you have done enough well.
We no longer have to work religious laws to be saved
Galatians 3:10–13 The Message
10 And that means that anyone who tries to live by his own effort, independent of God, is doomed to failure. Scripture backs this up: “Utterly cursed is every person who fails to carry out every detail written in the Book of the law.” 11 The obvious impossibility of carrying out such a moral program should make it plain that no one can sustain a relationship with God that way. The person who lives in right relationship with God does it by embracing what God arranges for him. Doing things for God is the opposite of entering into what God does for you. Habakkuk had it right: “The person who believes God, is set right by God—and that’s the real life.” 12 Rule-keeping does not naturally evolve into living by faith, but only perpetuates itself in more and more rule-keeping, a fact observed in Scripture: “The one who does these things [rule-keeping] continues to live by them.” 13 Christ redeemed us from that self-defeating, cursed life by absorbing it completely into himself. Do you remember the Scripture that says, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”? That is what happened when Jesus was nailed to the cross: He became a curse, and at the same time dissolved the curse.
Galatians 3:19 NKJV
19 What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator.
We are saved by the grace of God. When he gave Jesus Christ, His Son for the world: by believing that Jesus Christ is our Savior—that Jesus Christ died for us
However, having said this, a couple of things I need to point out
1. There is the danger of license – freedom that allows or is used with irresponsibility.
A question needs to be asked: if Christ sets us free from the law, does this mean that a person can believe in Christ and then go out and live like he wants, doing his own thing?
Can he or she use his-her liberty as an occasion to go out and satisfy the flesh knowing that God will forgive him-her?
Can a person continue to seek the things of the world and give way to the desires and lusts of his/her flesh?
Can we believe in Christ and still live in worldliness?
No! A thousand times no, The Word of God declares!
Romans 6:13–16 NLT
13 Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. 14 Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace. 15 Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! 16 Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living.
Hebrews 5:7–10 NKJV
7 who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, 8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. 9 And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, 10 called by God as High Priest “according to the order of Melchizedek,”
Anyone who thinks and stands by this type of thinking doesn’t understand belief—true belief.
In the Bible belief does not mean intellectual belief, or to just hold an opinion of something in your mind.
This type of Belief means a committed confidence that is unwavering, to believe something with one's life.
To believe Christ is to commit your life to Christ
Just think about it for a moment and it becomes perfectly clear: if a person is not willing to commit his or her life to Christ, he or she does not believe in Christ.
They could not believe, not really; for if he really believed, he would beyond all question give all he is and has to the Son of God.
There is the limitation of love. Anyone who thinks that belief in Christ frees them and gives him authorization to sin does not understand what love is.
The true follower, a true believer is freed from having to secure God's approval by law, but LOVE is the one control that is placed upon us. The only thing we need to flow in his LOVE. There are at least two reasons for this.
God has loved us so the person who truly sees the love of God is drawn to love God and to love all God's creatures.
Love embraces all the commandments of God. Jesus Himself said so
Matthew 22:36–40 NKJV
36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” 37 Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
Love = Service: Love is serving one another. When you are free in Christ:
There are no spiritual laws, restraints, and works. We are under nothing, but Christ. We live in Christ, We move and Our existence is in Jesus Christ.
My love for Jesus Christ is my law and restraint. Why? Because Jesus Christ loved me and you, served me and you and gave Himself for me and you!
We know this.
So when We love Christ with all our heart and life. We want to please Jesus and do all we can to serve Him.
How can we serve Christ? By doing exactly what Christ did: loving and serving others.
"By love serve one another."
When that is in operation – when we love like that We are not LORD’s OVER PEOPLE
We...
• serve and help
• show kindness and gentleness
• express concern and care
• demonstrate sympathy and empathy
The person who truly loves identifies with a person, gets down where they are, even below where they are, and ministers to them.
Love serves—always reaches out to do whatever it can for the other person.
It never withdraws from the other person, feeling that he or she...
• does not deserve the effort or help.
• is not worth the effort or help.
• is less than what he should be.
• is too derelict, immoral, uneducated, unrecognized, below others
Matthew 20:28 NKJV
28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Mark 10:43–44 NKJV
43 Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. 44 And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all.
Luke 10:36–37 NKJV
36 So which of these three do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the thieves?” 37 And he said, “He who showed mercy on him.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”
Luke 22:27 NKJV
27 For who is greater, he who sits at the table, or he who serves? Is it not he who sits at the table? Yet I am among you as the One who serves.
Philippians 2:7 NKJV
7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.
Love: love is not offending but caring for your neighbor—caring as much as you care for oneself.:
⇒ If we cared for everyone else as much as we cared for ourself, we would need no law. We would be living and doing exactly what we should.
Galatians 5:14 NKJV
14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
This is the reason love fulfills all the law. Love does not take advantage of other people. Love will not use other people to fulfill your own purpose, greed, or lust. Love will not hurt someone else any more than we would want someone to hurt us.
Love involves some very practical acts that are clearly spelled out in Scripture (
1 Corinthians 13:4–7 NKJV
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
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⇒ Love endures long and is patient.
⇒ Love is kind.
⇒ Love is not jealous.
⇒ Love does not brag; does not boast.
⇒ Love is not vain glorious, arrogant, prideful.
⇒ Love does not behave itself unbecomingly, rudely, indecently, unmannerly.
⇒ Love seeks not her own - is not selfish or self-seeking; does not insist on its own right and way.
⇒ Love is not easily provoked not touchy, angry, fretful, resentful.
⇒ Love thinks no evil harbors and plans no evil thought; takes no account of a wrong done it.
⇒ Love rejoices not in iniquity wrong, sin, evil, injustice), but rejoices in the truth (justice and righteousness).
⇒ Love endures all things.
⇒ Love believes all things (exercises faith in everything; is ready to believe the best in everyone).
⇒ Love keeps up hope in everything and under all circumstances.
⇒ Love endures all things without weakening; it gives power to endure).
Love: Love is not biting and devouring one another. A.T. Robertson in his commentary Word Pictures in the New Testament,says Biting and Devouring is like a fight between a dog and cat or a fight between wild animals. Biting and devouring refers to much more than just feuding and fighting. Men bite and devour each other when they violate each other. For example, nothing takes a hunk out a person any more than the biting or devouring that takes place between a wife and husband.
However, love respects the other person—no matter who he or she is or what he or she has done. Love does not bite or devour others in any way whatsoever. Love does not...
• snap
• condemn
• expose
• hurt
• criticize
• accuse
• misuse
• slander
• slander
• censor
• covet
• abuse
• gossip
• exploit
• take
James 4:1–2 NKJV
1 Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? 2 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask.
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Proverbs 10:12 NKJV
12 Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins.
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It’s A Love Thing
Our Law for life is LOVE!

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