Romans 12:9 Let love be with out hypocrisy, Detest what is evil and love what is good.
You see the last 4 weeks I preached a series on Matthew 22:37 Where Jesus said “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. So I preached on the Heart the soul and the Mind. But to a bunch of teens in a rehab center how can you tell them to love God if they don’t even know what love truly is?
When we see Romans 12:9 to me that takes on a whole new meaning as in we can’t love like the world loves, we have to love like God loves. If we love like the world loves then there is Hypocrisy at the very foundation of its love.
Webster’s dictionary Says Love is an intense feeling of deep affection, and that it is an interest or a pleasure. It actually states that a similar word is weakness. But the most disturbing is that the world tells us it is a deep romantic sexual attachment. So the world’s love is based on sex, and is a weakness. Yes this is completely opposite of what our Lord God says what love is.
We only have to look at John 15:13 when Jesus says ” there is no greater love than this, that one lay down his life for his FRIENDS. He didn’t say mother, father, brother, sister, wife, daughter or son. No he said FRIEND. I would not thank twice about giving my life for my wife and kids. But my friends is something completely different. Thank of it like this, your friend sleeps wit your friends wife, robs a bank, and then kills the guard. Would you spend the 15 years in prison so he didn’t have to? You did not have anything to do with it would you still spend time in jail so he didn’t have to? Now before he did all of these things I bet you said you would have died for him? You see we have stolen, we all have committed adultery, and we have all committed murder. Remember that to have hate in our heart for another brother or sister is murder in the eyes of God. When we have lust with our eyes we have committed adultery
That is what Jesus did for each and everyone of us. So, if we are to look at what the true meaning of love is then we only have to look at the one that laid down his life for his friends. Jesus Christ is Love, he created love, is the foundation to what love is. We can spend months on how Christ shows us what love is. But, our Lord laid down 3 things on my heart. So over the next few weeks we will break these things down. I thought it would be good time with Valentine’s day next week.
Men I hope you have something prepared.. Friendly reminder.