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#228 “What do you Love???”

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What things do you Love Most?

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#228 “What do you Love???”

What wakes you up in the morning?
What occupies your thoughts throughout the day?
Things I LOVE…
Big Time Wrestling
Michigan Football
Food
The Movies
Popcorn
Family
Wife
I Love all these things, but none of these things take priority or should come close to my Love for God.
Notice I said should...
The fact of the matter is although we know these things shouldn't come before God, somehow they often do.
The same Love that God shows us, is the same Love we need to show Him.
Matthew 22:37–39 ESV
And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
The first and greatest commandment is to LOVE GOD!!!
Love for God is commanded
Love for God is commanded If you were to be honest with yourself, would God even make your MySpace “Top 8”
Love for God is commanded
If I were to ask you to be honest with yourself would God even make your “Top 8”???
If you were to be honest with yourself, would God even make your MySpace “Top 8”
If you were to be honest with yourself, would God even make your MySpace “Top 8”
Anyone remember that? Where people could go on your MySpace and see who your "Top 8” friends were?
Deuteronomy 11:1 ESV
“You shall therefore love the Lord your God and keep his charge, his statutes, his rules, and his commandments always.
If we Love Him, it shouldn't be so hard to obey Him.
His rules, his laws, His commandments should come easy to us.
The Love for my earthly Father and my earthly Mother would drive me so that I would not disappoint them.
In this same way, our Love for our Heavenly Father should drive us to not want to disappoint Him.
:42Loving God involves loving Jesus Christ
Loving God involves loving Jesus Christ
John 8:42 ESV
Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I came from God and I am here. I came not of my own accord, but he sent me.
Loving God involves loving Jesus Christ
John 21:15–19 ESV
When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.”
Some believe this question from Jesus could have meant two things equally well:
The Gospel of John, Volume 2 The Shepherd of Christ’s Sheep (John 21:15–19)

It may be that Jesus swept his hand round the boat and its nets and equipment and the catch of fishes, and said to Peter: ‘Simon, do you love me more than these things? Are you prepared to give them all up, to abandon all hope of a successful career, to give up a steady job and a reasonable comfort, in order to give yourself forever to my people and to my work?’ This may have been a challenge to Peter to take the final decision to give all his life to the preaching of the gospel and the caring for Christ’s people.

1. It may be that Jesus swept his hand round the boat and its nets and equipment and the catch of fishes, and said to Peter: ‘Simon, do you love me more than these things? Are you prepared to give them all up, to abandon all hope of a successful career, to give up a steady job and a reasonable comfort, in order to give yourself forever to my people and to my work?’
This may have been a challenge to Peter to take the final decision to give all his life to the preaching of the gospel and the caring for Christ’s people.
Barclay, W. (2001). The Gospel of John (Vol. 2, pp. 332–333). Louisville, KY: Edinburgh.
2. It may be that Jesus looked at the rest of the little group of the disciples, and said to Peter: ‘Simon, do you love me more than your fellow disciples do?’ It may be that Jesus was looking back to a night in Matthew 26:33.
The Gospel of John, Volume 2 The Shepherd of Christ’s Sheep (John 21:15–19)

It may be that Jesus looked at the rest of the little group of the disciples, and said to Peter: ‘Simon, do you love me more than your fellow disciples do?’ It may be that Jesus was looking back to a night when Peter said: ‘Though all become deserters because of you, I will never desert you’ (Matthew 26:33)

Barclay, W. (2001). The Gospel of John (Vol. 2, p. 333). Louisville, KY: Edinburgh.
Matthew 26:33 ESV
Peter answered him, “Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.”
The Gospel of John, Volume 2 The Shepherd of Christ’s Sheep (John 21:15–19)

Jesus asked this question three times; and there was a reason for that. It was three times that Peter denied his Lord, and it was three times that his Lord gave him the chance to affirm his love. Jesus, in his gracious forgiveness, gave Peter the chance to wipe out the memory of the threefold denial by a threefold declaration of love.

Matthew 26:69 ESV
Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came up to him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.”
Matthew 26:69–75 ESV
Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came up to him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.” But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you mean.” And when he went out to the entrance, another servant girl saw him, and she said to the bystanders, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.” And again he denied it with an oath: “I do not know the man.” After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter, “Certainly you too are one of them, for your accent betrays you.” Then he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know the man.” And immediately the rooster crowed. And Peter remembered the saying of Jesus, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.

69 Now Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came up to him and said, “You also were with Jesus the Galilean.” 70 But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you mean.” 71 And when he went out to the entrance, another servant girl saw him, and she said to the bystanders, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.” 72 And again he denied it with an oath: “I do not know the man.” 73 After a little while the bystanders came up and said to Peter, “Certainly you too are one of them, for your accent betrays you.” 74 Then he began to invoke a curse on himself and to swear, “I do not know the man.” And immediately the rooster crowed. 75 And Peter remembered the saying of Jesus, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly.

What things do we Love that allow us to deny Jesus?
Matthew 26:69-75
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Psalm 27:4 ESV
One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.
Do we Love Him enough to Bear Fruit and Love His sheep??
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