Sunday Morning 9/25/11

Posted by Sherry

EXPRESSIONS OF LOVE

2 CORINTHIANS 6:3-13

CBC 9/25/2011 “FAMILY DAY”

Love your neighbor as yourself

love your enemy

love one another

they will know you are my disciples by your love one for another

  • love, love, love...
    • some people don’t want to be hugged

How do you obey scripture without getting punched??

3 We live in such a way that no one will stumble because of us, and no one will find fault with our ministry. 4 In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind. 5 We have been beaten, been put in prison, faced angry mobs, worked to exhaustion, endured sleepless nights, and gone without food. 6 We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, by the Holy Spirit within us,[a] and by our sincere love. 7 We faithfully preach the truth. God’s power is working in us. We use the weapons of righteousness in the right hand for attack and the left hand for defense. 8 We serve God whether people honor us or despise us, whether they slander us or praise us. We are honest, but they call us impostors. 9 We are ignored, even though we are well known. We live close to death, but we are still alive. We have been beaten, but we have not been killed. 10 Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything.

11 Oh, dear Corinthian friends! We have spoken honestly with you, and our hearts are open to you. 12 There is no lack of love on our part, but you have withheld your love from us. 13 I am asking you to respond as if you were my own children. Open your hearts to us!

ILL.- A man at work decided to show his wife how much he loved her, and before going home, showered, shaved, put on some choice cologne, and bought her a bouquet of flowers. He went to the front door and knocked. His wife answered the door and exclaimed, "Oh no! This has been a terrible day! First I had to take Billy to the emergency room and get stitches in his leg. Then your mother called and said she’s coming to visit for 2 weeks. Then the washing machine broke, and now this! You come home drunk!"

EXPRESSION #1: AVOID BEING OFFENSIVE V3

  • God is Love & acting in such a way that would keep someone from knowing God would not be an expression of love!!
    • we can’t “do as we please”
    • I’m going to say what I want
    • I don’t care what other people think
    • my way or the highway
  • Love does not purposely offend others
    • Prov. 10:19 When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.
    • Rom. 14:13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way.”
      • Paul was willing to give up things in his life so not to cause others to stumble
      • just because something is lawful doesn’t mean it will be profitable

EXPRESSION #2: ATTEND TO OTHERS V6

  • 6 We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness,...
    • we live in a self-centered society
    • Phil 2:3-4 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
    • Why do we say, “I forgot” when asked if we brought canned goods for the FoodShare?...b/c we’re not hungry & we “forget” there are people who are
    • Why is it a low priority to provide a car seat for the needy? b/c all our loved ones have a car seat and we “forget” about the needy
    • Why is our “preference” more important than someone else’s at church?
      • b/c we’ve been here longer?
      • b/c we’re older than them?
      • b/c we know what’s best?
      • b/c we’ve always done it that way?
      • will you be in the food line before the elderly?
      • will you sit down while a lady is standing?
  • Paul “proved” he loved people by:
    • purity of motives (no strings attached)
    • understanding (not everybody is a moron, they just don’t think like you do)
    • patience (allowing people to make their way at their own pace, not your pace)
    • kindness (undeserved acts of service)

EXPRESSION #3: SPEAK YOUR LOVE v11,12

  • We have spoken honestly with you, and our hearts are open to you. 12 There is no lack of love on our part,
    • “you mean a lot to me”
    • “I care about you”
    • “I love you”
    • “I’m here for you”

Eccl. 3:7 “there is a time to be silent and a time to speak”

Prov. 10:21 “The lips of the righteous nourish many.”

Prov. 12:18 “The tongue of the wise brings healing”

Prov. 13:12 “Hope deferred makes the heart sick...”

  • many people are heart-sick b/c they never hear those words from anyone: “I LOVE YOU”
    • they “hope” to hear them, but never do & they are “sick”
  • Some have trouble saying, “I Love You”
    • here’s some help for you...do this
    • knock, knock. Who’s there? Olive. Olive who? OLIVE YOU!!

CONCL:

Old legend about a man lost in the desert. He was dying for a drink of water. He stumbled on an old shack. He looked around and found a little shade from the heat of the desert. As he looked around, he saw an old rusty, water pump about 15 feet away. He stumbled over to it, grabbed the handle, and began to pump and pump, but nothing came out.

He happened to notice that to the side of the pump was an old jug. He looked at it, wiped away the dirt, and read a message that was on it. It read: “You have to prime the pump with all the water in this jug. Be sure to fill the jug again before you leave.”

He popped the cork out of the jug and found it almost full. Suddenly, he was faced with a decision. If he drank the water, he could live and be satisfied. But if he poured the water into the old rusty pump, maybe it would give cool water from down deep in the well, and he would have plenty of water.

He pondered the situation: should he waste all the water on the hope of getting more water? Or should he drink it?

Somewhat reluctantly, he poured all the water into the pump. Then he grabbed the handle and began to pump. Squeak, squeak, squeak. Still nothing came out! Squeak, squeak, squeak. And finally, a little bit of water dribbled out. Then a stream and finally, the water gushed out!

He filled the jug and drank from it. He filled it another time and again drank from it.

Then he filled the jug for the next traveler. He filled it to the top, put the cork back in, and added this note: “Believe me, this really works! You have to give it all away before you can get anything back.”


And so it is with love. Many people are unloved, feel unloved, and don’t get much love. Could it be that we have not given it away? The Lord has given it to you and now it is time for you to give it away to others.


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