Life is about Love
a. If you don’t live a life of love, then nothing you say will matter
1 Corinthians 13:1 (NIV)
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
b. If you don't live a life of love, nothing you know will matter.
1 Corinthians 13:2 (NVC)
I may have the gift of prophecy. I may understand all the secret things of God and have all knowledge . . . But even with all these things, if I do not have love, then I am nothing
c. If you don’t live a life of love, nothing you believe will matter.
1 Corinthians 13:2b (TLB)
Even if I had the gift of faith so that I could speak to a mountain and make it move, I would still be worth nothing at all without love
d. If you don’t live a life of love, nothing you give will matter.
1 Corinthians 13:3 (NLT)
If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing
Jesus: “I’m giving you a new commandment: Love each other in the same way that I have loved you.”
“I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you!”
1. I must Accept others the way Jesus Accepts me
The Father gives me my people. Every one of them will come to me, and I will always accept them.
He Has Accepted You
God says I love you Always
Not who you are BUT because Who I AM
Not what you do BUT because Who I’ve Done
Not about your conduct BUT because of My Character
Jesus treated us much better than we deserve. He made us acceptable to God and gave us the hope of eternal life.
Acceptance Vs Approval
You Are Chosen by God
Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you
Look & Listen
This week I will show acceptance to _____________
2. I must Value others the way Jesus Values me
Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins? Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God. Even the hairs of your head have all been counted! Do not be afraid. You are worth far more than many sparrows
“What’s the price of two or three pet canaries? Some loose change, right? But God never overlooks a single one. And he pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detail—even numbering the hairs on your head! So don’t be intimidated by all this bully talk. You’re worth more than a million canaries.
What Makes You Valuable ?
a. Depends Who Made You
1 Timothy 4:4
Everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving.
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Greek = masterpiece
b. Depends on what someone would pay
1 Peter 1:19
He paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.
Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you. See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands!
1 Peter 2:17
Treat everyone you meet with dignity
Jesus looked at him and loved him
This week I will affirm the value of _____________
3. I must Forgive others the way Jesus Forgives me
I am the God who forgives your sins, and I do this because of who I am. I will not hold your sins against you.
Long ago, even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.
There is now NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.
You must make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant, just as I had mercy on you?
So I tell you this. Her many sins have been forgiven. She has loved a lot. But the one who has been forgiven little loves only a little.
This week I will offer forgiveness to _____________