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Real Life: Love

Real Life:  Love “Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.” 1Corinthians 13:13 Love’s origin is God, for God is love.  It’s not a sentiment or a feeling, but deliberate, intentional action.  In the Greek it is the word agape and agapao.  The Vine’s Bible dictionary states it this way: “Love can be known only from the action it prompts.  God’s love is seen in the gift of His Son, 1John 4:9,10. It was an exercise of the Divine will in deliberate choice.”  Love is action taken by deliberate choice of the will.  Love is drawn from His very essence.  God’s love is ours because of Who He is and what He’s done for us.  Our love to God…

Real Life: Introduction

Real Life:  Introduction “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” Galatians 5:22-23 Jesus is real.  He is real on the inside of those who are saved by His grace.  My whole heart’s desire is to show God to those around me so that they can know the love I enjoy every day.  People are tired of lies, hypocrites, deception and double standards.  They want the right Way, the pure Truth, the real Life. That’s Jesus and Jesus lives in me through God’s Holy Spirit. In the next nine weeks I will explore the singular fruit that the Holy Spirit produces in those who believe. …

Radical Love: The Glory of God

                                                   “Lazarus’s sickness will not end in death. No, it happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this.” John 11:4 We’ve seen over the past few weeks instances of Jesus’ radical love that transformed those around Him.  Radical means: “relating to or affecting the fundamental nature of something; far-reaching or thorough”. In the story of Mary, Martha, and their brother Lazarus, His love for God’s glory reveals the far-reaching effect of His power.  Lazarus became ill with a fatal disease and his sisters called on their Friend Jesus to heal him.  Jesus stayed where he was until the news came that Lazarus was dead.  Jesus said plainly to His disciples that his sickness was for the glory…

Radical Love: A Life Transformed

Luke 19:10: The Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”  Zacchaeus was a tax collector.  Tax collectors were the most hated among the Jews because they collected tax for the Roman government, their oppressors. But they also did their fair share of stealing from people by taking more tax than was required. When we first meet Zacchaeus, he was not collecting taxes.  He was seeking Jesus, Who also was seeking him.  He wanted a different lifestyle. How do we know Zacchaeus was changed by Jesus’ presence in his home? He was ready to give away his wealth, even more than he had to.  He knew his sinful condition.  He didn’t deny that he was a sinner. By now you know…

Radical Love: Freedom

“The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down;” Psalm 146:8 As part of His mission on earth, Jesus taught in the Jewish synagogue on the Sabbath day each week. When He finished teaching that week, He saw a woman who “…was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years.  She was bent over and could not straighten up at all”. (Luke 13:11).  He called the woman over.  Because she was crippled, getting to Jesus was extremely painful for her, but she came anyway because faith was already at work in her heart. He said, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity”. Luke 13:13. She immediately straightened up and began to praise God.  Those who believed rejoiced with her.  But the religious did…

Radical Love: A Servant’s Heart

Radical Love: A Servant’s Heart “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28 Jesus taught His disciples many things during their time together.  In the last week of His life, He taught them the lesson of radical service in the Kingdom:  washing one another’s feet.  This is far from the darkness of the forced subjugation of African people and many others in our day. Jesus is Light.  He is Love.  Read His heart as the scene opens: “Having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end (the last and to the highest degree)” (John 13:1).  From this sacred place of…

Radical Love: Sins Forgiven

“Jesus said: Your sins are forgiven. Your faith has saved you; go in peace.” Luke 7:48,50 There are many who are not named in the gospels.  That doesn’t make them any less important.  The nameless woman in Luke 7 comes in while Jesus is having dinner with a religious leader, Simon.  She is thought to have been a prostitute.  Jesus at some point healed her and forgave her sins and she came to show her love and appreciation by washing His feet. In those days, because everyone wore sandals, their feet were dusty.  It was a custom to remove the sandals and have the feet washed.  Simon invited Jesus and had the table set, but he didn’t bother to wash Jesus’ dusty feet. The moment…

Radical Love: Not Condemned

“Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” John 8:11 “Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1 The religious leaders were bent on getting a reason to accuse Jesus of wrongdoing.  They brought a woman caught in the act of adultery to Him for judgment. According to the law, if anyone committed adultery, they were to be stoned to death. They waited for Jesus to pronounce judgment upon her, but that didn’t happen.  Condemnation fell upon them as Jesus’ words caused their own sin to rise before their eyes.  What these men didn’t understand about Jesus was His purpose in coming to earth.  They did not grasp that God is love and His mercy endures forever.  They tried to…

Radical Love: Traditions Busted

“Then Jesus said to his critics, “I have a question for you. Does the law permit good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing evil? Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?” Luke 6:9 Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28 So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath.” Mark 2:27 The first mention of Sabbath rest was in creation, when God rested on the seventh day (Genesis 2:1-2).  God did not need the rest. He decreed the day for human beings to rest from their labors. He set the example us to follow.  The religious leaders in Jesus time hated Him from day one, so they looked for any excuse to kill…

Radical Love: The Hated Samaritans

Radical Love: The Hated Samaritans “The Samaritan woman said to Him, How is it that [a]You, being a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan [and a] woman, for a drink?—For the Jews have nothing to do with the Samaritans”. John 4:9 The story of Jesus encounter with the Samaritan woman is one of my favorites.  I love it because He is doing what He was sent to do, regardless of where it took Him. There is a long history of animosity between the Jews and the Samaritans.  The question she asks Jesus captures this history and immediately sets up a barrier between them.  But Jesus dispels that history with His presence there at the well and His conversation with her.  He has something to give her that…

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