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Ben Selby
Delivered On
June 9, 2019
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Invincible Love

 

Love is what shows people that we are Christians.

Matthew 22:37-40 NKJV "Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

 

John 13:34-35 NKJV "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

 

John 13:34-35 TPT “So I give you now a new[r] commandment: Love each other just as much as I have loved you. For when you demonstrate the same love I have for you by loving one another, everyone will know that you’re my true followers.”

 

Romans 13:8-10 NKJV  "Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law."

 

Greek Words for love:

1.       Eros – Passionate, Sensual love.  “I love you because you make me feel good.”

2.       Phileo – Companion Love.  “I love you because of the connection we have.”

3.       Storge – Natural/Family Love.  “I love you because we are family.”

4.       Agape – Unconditional Love.  “I love you because love loves.”

 

Agape Love Starts with God and Spreads to Everyone.

John 13:21-25 NKJV "When Jesus had said these things, He was troubled in spirit, and testified and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.” Then the disciples looked at one another, perplexed about whom He spoke. Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved. Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask who it was of whom He spoke. Then, leaning back on Jesus’ breast, he said to Him, “Lord, who is it?”

 

John 19:26-27 NKJV "When Jesus therefore saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold your son!” Then He said to the disciple, “Behold your mother!” And from that hour that disciple took her to his own home."

 

John 20:1-8 NKJV "Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.” Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb. So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first. And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there, and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed."

 

John 21:17-24 NKJV "He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah,[d] do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep. Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.” This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me.” Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?” Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you? You follow Me.” Then this saying went out among the brethren that this disciple would not die. Yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but, “If I will that he remain till I come, what is that to you?” This is the disciple who testifies of these things, and wrote these things; and we know that his testimony is true."

 

1.    We, Individually, Receive Agape Love from God.

  • 1 John 4:18-19 NKJV "There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. We love Him because He first loved us."

2.    We Reciprocate Agape Love Back to God.

3.    An Overflow of Agape Love Forms, then Infiltrates Everything and Everyone Around Us (Also known as “loving our neighbor.”).

  • 1 John 4:20-21 NKJV "If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also."

4.    Paul Describes it as us Owing Agape Love.

  • Romans 13:8-10 NKJV "Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law." 

 

Love Looks Like Something.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NKJV "Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, [c]thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails."

 

People who are full of God’s love:

1.       Are Secure

2.       Bear the Fruit of the Spirit

3.       Serve others

4.       Honor others

5.       Do not become offended or controlled by how other people treat them.

6.       Want everyone to be blessed.

7.       Truly want to be the best they can be.

8.       They treat the “Least of these” the same way they would Jesus.

9.       Are full of hope and faith, not fear.  They believe the best.

10.     Focus on what they can give, not what they are getting in return.

 

Pursuing Agape Love:

  1. Ask God to show you His love.

  2. Seek for His love in the Word and in Worship.

  3. Knock, knock, and keep knocking until the door is answered.

  4. Remember that there is always more.