March 4th, 2014
Grace Flows Down
How He Loves
David Crowder Band
Child of God
“Risk It All: Week 2”
Risking it all means loving people like Jesus Christ first loved us. We unpacked John 15:12-19 which talked about how Jesus commanded us to go and love one another like He had first loved us. Jesus talked about no greater love than laying down your life for a friend. Only by receiving that love could we hope to love others the way Christ commanded us to love. Loving people is extremely difficult. We looked at the people Christ called us to love.
Who are we called to take risks with? First and foremost we are called to love The Lord. (John 14:15) Secondly we are called to love our friends and family. (Psalm 17:17) We are called to love our spouses. (Ephesians 5) We are called to love those who are different from us no matter what their background, ethnicity, gender, orientation, etc may be. (Galatians 3:28) Lastly and probably one of the most challenging is the idea of loving our enemies. (Luke 6:27-28)
Love = Risk
Obviously talking about loving these groups is easier than actually loving these people. Why are we afraid to love like Jesus tells us? In the second part of tonight’s message we examined the reason why we find it difficult to love others. First we struggle with condemnation. Our sin condemns us and isolates us from loving others. Paul tells us though that there is no condemnation In Jesus Christ. (Romans 8:1) Secondly we worry about failing in relationships or being rejected. (Romans 3:38-39) Pain is another concern that causes us to not love others. We are afraid of getting hurt, maybe we were even hurt in the past and that has limited our capacity to love others. (Luke 21:16, 18) and (John 11:25)
In today’s society so often we struggle with trust. We don’t trust the Lord and the relationships he brings into our lives. We worry that we aren’t going to measure up or check off certain attributes to be received by others. Only by resting in the love of Christ can we take risks and love others. (Psalm 28:7) We ended the night talking about pride and how that separates us from loving others because we only focus on loving ourselves. This is especially applicable to the Church. (2nd Corinthians 12:20)
Ultimately this new commandment Jesus gives us comes down to this: We must first receive His love for us before we can love Him in return. Only by receiving that love can we then love others like He loved us. Love is an action. We have to do something. So we encourage you to receive God’s love and grace through Christ and then love others in a similar sacrificial way.
Teacher: Lee Mitchell