Learning to Love Better
Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Luke 10:25–10:37, Philippians 2:3–2:7, 1 John 3:18
Our four week June series about the lessons we learned while in lockdown from the pandemic.
Luke 10:25-37 NIV
25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27 He answered, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” 28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” 29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ 36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”
If having the right ANSWERS doesn't lead to right ACTIONS...
IT'S NOT RIGHT.
Our ACTIONS speak louder than our ANSWERS.
Philippians 2:3-7 NIV
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. 5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God,did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothingby taking the very nature of a servant,being made in human likeness.
Our CHRIST-LIKE LOVE should ALWAYS eclipse our CIVIL LIBERTIES.
"Love your neighbor should be done in a way that your ATHEIST neighbor would also call it love."
"Love your neighbor should be done in a way that your BLACK neighbor would also call it love."
"Love your neighbor should be done in a way that your HEALTH-COMPROMISED & HEALTH-VULNERABLE neighbor would also call it love."
What should we do?
1. Take a long look in the mirror
2. Educate yourself
3. Act out of love
1 John 3:18 NIV
18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
We can LOVE BETTER
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