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  • Three times Paul emphasizes the effects of religion without “love.” Three is a significant number in the Bible! Three times he tells us that without “Love” we are “NOTHING.” But not only do we see “LOVE” in this passage, but allusions to the rest of the fruit of the Spirit.
  • Recall how the subject of this passage is “love” and that it is “LOVE” that refrains from “joy” over sin, but triumphs in “joy” in areas of truth.
  • Love doesn’t seek its own, it is not provoked. Love is peaceable.
  • Love suffers but “Longsuffering” is the fruit of the Spirit. Love bears extra fruit. Some want love which without suffering but true love will be willing to suffer.
  • “ Goodness” is all over verse 5. Something that is not rude, doesn’t seek its own, is not provoked and thinks no evil is most definitely “good.”
  • We rightly so press the need for faithfulness, but even if we have mountain moving faith that is motivated by something other than love for God, love for truth, love for fellow man, we are pictured as a failure in this passage.
  • 1) saying “I love God” doesn’t equate true love 2) saying “I love God” while hating a brother is nonsensical 3) loving the Unseen God compels us to love a brother whom we do see 4) what God has done compels us to love Him Jesus loved us while we were enemies of God (Rom. 5:1-10)
  • This is like our own family unit. A child is to love his parents because they are his parents, because of what their unconditional love provides him. But a child is also to love his siblings, those begotten by his parents.
  • If we love our parents, it will be a joy to be around them; if we love our children, it will be a joy to be around them; if we love our spouse, it will be a joy to be around her; if we love the Lord, it will be a joy to worship him. Ps 122:1 <<A Song of Ascents. Of David.>> I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go into the house of the LORD."
  • That which we love defines what we hate or should define it so. One cannot love “good” and “evil.” Mt 6:24 "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
  • We display our love to God by doing what God commands us. We can know full well that he will not command us to do something that is harmful , or something that is impossible . What he asks of us is for our betterment , not our detriment . Yet it is absurd for a child to tell his parents that he loves them when he lives a life in defiance to their will.
  • The Love that one has for the Lord, his person and authority, enables one to submit to him and fill his place. Paul appeals to the their relationship to the Lord in regulating their relationship to another.
  • This is no doubt one of those difficult passages, but we know that Jesus really did such with us, for He died for his enemies. Again, our love for the Lord will affect our reaction to those in this category.
  • Love must dominate the heart, soul and mind. Otherwise we are just “playing Christian” and just “playing church.” Today is the Lord’s day, let us busy ourselves in His work!
  • If you say that you love God, but not enough to obey him today, then you are saying that you hate God. . .that you love another more than Him (the world, yourself, Satan, etc.).
  • 3 Passages that press this point to you today. . .Every accountable soul is in these passages somewhere. Do you see where you are?
  • Recall that if you love you obey (Jn. 14:15) and if you do not love then you are accursed. But if you love you do obey and Divine favor is with all of those. Are you sincerely in love with Jesus?
  • If your soul is on one side of a balance and the world is on the other, what do you see as weightier?
  • You gain wisdom through a diligent study of God’s word. What this passage essentially tells me is that if I want to invest in my soul, I need to invest my time in learning and apprehending the wisdom of God.
  • 1. Fruit of the Spirit - Love

    1. 1. FRUIT OF THE SPIRITFRUIT OF THE SPIRIT LOVE
    2. 2. Galatians 5:22, 23Galatians 5:22, 23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. • mentioned first • fundamentally first
    3. 3. • Decisão pela vida santa (Heb. 12.14.) A santificação é imprescindível para a frutificação. No V.T. Deus exigia santidade do povo (Lev. 20.7). Hoje, concedeu-no-la e requere-a de nós (I Ped. 1.2) Condições para a frutificaçãoCondições para a frutificação
    4. 4. • Vida devocional activa • Jejum – No V.T. o povo jejuava por várias razões: a) Para honrar ocasiões especiais (Jl 2.15; Jr 36.9 b) Pedir livramento de Deus (Zac 8.19) c) Demostrar o lamento e o arrependimento pela desobediência contra o Senhor ((JZ 20.26; I Sm 7.6) d) Expressar humildade diante de Deus (Lv 16.29; Sl 69.10) e) Buscar a direção do Senhor ( Ex 34. 28; II Cr 20.3,4) Condições para a frutificaçãoCondições para a frutificação
    5. 5. • Jejum no N.T., acerca da devoção pessoal, Jesus disse que em determinadas situações, havendo problemas e dificuldades, só poderiam ser eliminadas com jejum e oração (Mat. 6.16-18). Condições para a frutificaçãoCondições para a frutificação
    6. 6. • Oração Orar é falar com Deus, na oração o cristão deve expôr tudo o que está a sentir, tudo o que está no seu coração, de forma sincera e verdadeira para Deus (Ef 6.18; Mc 11.25) Lembrar que a oração não um monólogo e sim um diálogo, então além de nos expressarmos perante Deus, precisamos ouvi-Lo. Como exemplo temos Jesus. ( Mc 1.41; 6.34; Lc 22.42) Condições para a frutificaçãoCondições para a frutificação
    7. 7. • Estudo Bíblico Um dos requisitos para uma vida devocional ativa é a meditação na palavra, pois é imprescindível à frutificação.(Sl 1.2), implica em pensar profundamente sobre o texto, estudar (Prov. 15.28). A palavra de Deus é o único remédio que combate a anemia espiritual. Todos que tem uma aliança com Deus precisa meditar na Sua lei divina (Js 1.8) e nas Suas obras (Sl 143.5) Condições para a frutificaçãoCondições para a frutificação
    8. 8. • Obediência aos apelos do Espirito Santo Para o cristão frutificar e ter uma vida plena da autoridade espiritual, precisa entregar o controle da sua vida a Jesus e permitir que o Espírito Santo se assenhore e governe o seu ser ( II Cr 15.15 ;Sl 40.8; 143.10). Ao agir assim imprimirá a marca de Cristo onde quer que estiver. (II Cr 15.7; Ef 5.19) Condições para a frutificaçãoCondições para a frutificação
    9. 9. GÁL. 5:22, 23GÁL. 5:22, 23 “Mas o fruto do Espírito é: amor, alegria, paz, longanimidade, benignidade, bondade, fidelidade, mansidão, domínio próprio. Contra estas coisas não há lei.” • Mentionado primeiro • Fundamentalmente primeiro
    10. 10. O amor é o solo onde são cultivadas todas as virtudes espirituais. É a principal virtude no fruto do Espírito (I Cor. 13.13). Para ser verdadeira a espiritualidade, o cristão precisa ter esse amor altruísta e inabalável que o Senhor tem pela humanidade. ( Jo 3.16; 15.13) •Esse amor auto-sacrificial, expresso por Deus através de Seu Filho, pode ser produzido pelo Espirito Santo no nosso interior. •Esta virtude está na base de todos as outras.
    11. 11. • Deus ama de maneira justa e santa. O amor do Pai é generoso, soberano e eterno. Esse amor tem a definição no grego de amor ágape, o qual se tornou palavra suprema para falar do amor de Deus. A princípio esse amor foi revelado para os judeus e depois a todos os gentios.
    12. 12. A Marca Registrada de Espiritualidade Cristã é o Amor!
    13. 13. Quem poderia abrir todas as portas é o gigante AMOR, mas raramente alguém o utiliza, porque amar não é algo que acontece do dia para a noite, A capacidade de Amar é um presente de Deus somente inferior à salvação. veja Romanos 5:5
    14. 14. “e a esperança não desaponta, porquanto o amor de Deus está derramado em nossos corações pelo Espírito Santo que nos foi dado.” •ROMANOS 5:5
    15. 15. GREGO DESCRIÇÃO CONTEXTO FONTE Ágape Amor abnegado Divino DEUS Philia Amor Fraterno Amizade Homem Eros Amor Físico Erótico Sentidos Storge Amor Familiar Familiar Família Amor – a perspectiva académica
    16. 16. Conceito de amor Cristão: no grego AMOR pode significar: 1. O AMOR "PHILEO"- É o amor expresso em amizade, afeição e fraternidade; 2. O AMOR "STERGO"- É o amor conjugal, o amor em família. É uma expressão do amor que une uma Família, é o chamado amor familiar; 3. O AMOR "EROS"– É o amor físico e sensual, aplicado à relação entre um homem e uma mulher, na perspectiva conjugal; 4. O AMOR “AGAPE"- I João 4.8-11 - Amor divino; amor cristão incondicional. Escola Bíblica – Comunidade Evangélica Cristo para as Nações
    17. 17. The opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference!
    18. 18. 1 Corinthians 13:1-7 (LOVE)1 Corinthians 13:1-7 (LOVE) 1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
    19. 19. Characteristics of the Christian Love: I Cor.13 a)Respectful: treats the other gentely; b)Selfless: seeks to meet the needs of others and not just mine; c)Kind: care and concern for each other; d)Patient: understands that others have short comings like me and always seeks a solution; e)Committed: perseveres and maintains the choices taken.
    20. 20. GROWTH PSALM 133:1 AMOR CRISTÃO FILIPENSES 2:2 SELF-ESTEEM ROMANS 24:10 SELF-ESTEEM ROMANS 24:10 AFFECTIVITY Galatians 3:28-29 AFFECTIVITY Galatians 3:28-29 EMPATHY ROMANS 12:15 Galatians 6:2 EMPATHY ROMANS 12:15 Galatians 6:2 TRANSPARENCY I JOHN 1:7 UNARMED SPIRIT Proverbs 26:21 Building the House
    21. 21. "Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor preferring one another;" ROMANS 24:10
    22. 22. 5 Basic elements for the manifestation of LOVE Self-esteem; Empathy; Affection; Transparency; Spirit 'unarmed'.
    23. 23. Self-esteem
    24. 24. 25 Urging with Love, sandwich method Warning: Very Spicy; This burger 'call to action' should be handled with care !!! I Thess. 2:12 "Exhorting you and comforting you, and urge you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory."
    25. 25. Empathy
    26. 26. "Rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep" ROMANS 12:15
    27. 27. "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." Galatians 6:2
    28. 28. The AffectionThe Affection "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus." Galatians 3-28 From Whom? Where? What?
    29. 29. "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. " Galatians 3:28-29
    30. 30. "Oh! how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! " PSALM 133:1
    31. 31. "Be unanimous among you, not high things, but haughty acomodai-the humble, do not be wise in your own eyes;" ROMANS 24:16
    32. 32. "Fulfil ye my joy, that ye may have the same mind, having the same love, the same mood, thinking the same thing;" Philippians 2:2
    33. 33. Transparency
    34. 34. "But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin." I JOHN 1:7
    35. 35. Iceberg do PreconceitoIceberg do Preconceito RaçaGénero Condição socialIdade Valores Cultura Hábitos Biotipo Orientação sexual Religião Naturalidade Formação
    36. 36. Relationship ‘Win-Win' Romanos 12:18 “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone..” NIV
    37. 37. "If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all." (Amplified Bible - Lockman) "as much as depends on you," more than that is not required of us. Nothing should be lacking on our part, every step should be taken, to cultivate and maintain peace; the blame should fall entirely on the other party; the saints must live peacefully with each other, even when others do not want to do it.
    38. 38. Rom 12:9-21 is a practical "how to" love as God Rom.12: 18 when says: "If it is possible, as it depends on you, live peace with all men" Note the conditional nature of this verse. The phrases "if possible" and "as it depends on you" shows that we cannot force others to do what is right. After we have done everything in our power to resolve a conflict, we fulfilled our responsibility before God. Now, if circumstances change and you will see a new opportunity for peace with an enemy, you must seize it. However, we must not lose time, energy and resources to a person who refuses to be reconciled, or that want reconciliation in their own terms.
    39. 39. (1)Do not blame yourself. Some people are just antagonists. (2)Trust God to change the other person. He prepares and softens hearts. Often it takes a lot of prayer and many months or years before a person is willing to be reconciled. We must be patient and wait on God. (3)Get the help of a third party. Some conflicts require mediation of a mature Christian. So:
    40. 40. Relationship ‘Win-Win' This type of relationship is the kind that everyone should have in order that the benefit is for everybody
    41. 41. Agreements and solutions are mutually beneficial and mutually satisfactory. With a solution of 'win-win', all parties feel good about the decision and feel committed to the action plan. The Relationship 'win-win' means: 'win-win sees life as a cooperative, not a competitive arena
    42. 42. The mentality of 'win-win' is never only for your own doings, and so just for your gain Is, yes, to get the best for both sides!
    43. 43. Your character will determine if you’ll even be capable with maintaining that kind of relationship. Creating the Win/Win relationship starts with yourself
    44. 44. Your character is made up of three things: Integrity • Knowing what your values are is important here. It should be important to you at all times. •The more important part of this is being aware of your commitments and responsibilities. If you can’t keep these promises to yourself, then you’ll be unable to keep them to others and especially the one you care about the most.
    45. 45. Maturity It’s defined in the book as the balance between courage and consideration. The more consideration and the more courage you have the more of a Win/Win mentality can occur. Most guys develop consideration much before their courage in a relationship. They are willing to cater to all of the woman’s needs – which in a very few cases, is ok. But let’s be honest, many of those times you must feel as though you are making a huge sacrifice and are losing – only for the greater good of what? Your relationship? As much as you think she may actually Win, she doesn’t. She loses so much more than she gains by your giving up your integrity, your courage and your maturity.
    46. 46. As you begin to understand the other person more, you develop your courage but then lose sight of your consideration. So yeah, you feel more confident about yourself and your approach to other people but it doesn’t mean you should forget what your mother taught you about how to treat other people A major part of the maturation process is finding out, understanding why it happened, accepting your fault and making sure it NEVER happens again.
    47. 47. Abundance Mentality This is the mentality that there is enough out there for everyone. In this case, I am not talking about the abundance of pessoas – although you should know that there is. In relationships, there is so much to share and you should be prepared and willing to share and accept all that you have. All of your joy, knowledge and fulfillment that you possess should be projected outward – because you have so much. When you have so much to give, then you are less worried about what you are taking. In effect, you actually get so much more, without knowing. It’s an abstract mentality but that really is the essence of the abundance mentality.
    48. 48. Once you are in tune with your star player, then you can develop better relationships. Part of it is letting people know that both parties can win if you can create a plan for getting what you both want. You both want to be happy, and then you two can work as a team to make that happen. In relationships, just like business, your character and the relationship you have will determine the success of your agreements.
    49. 49. Relationship ‘Lose-Lose’
    50. 50. “When two determined, stubborn, ego- invested individuals interact, the result will be Lose/Lose. Both will lose. Both will become vindictive and want to “get back” or “get even,” blind to the fact that murder is suicide, that revenge is a two-edged sword.”
    51. 51. Here, when you are so focused on making sure that the other person lose that you don’t even care if it affects you, both parties will lose. This philosophy is one that used in revenge, war and serious conflicts. In relationships, of all of the mentalities to have, this is the one you want the least.
    52. 52. This type of relationship is what most today live One side wants to win and fight for it In the end, both lose
    53. 53. Unarmed spirit
    54. 54. As charcoal to embers and as wood to fire, so is a quarrelsome person for kindling strife. PROVERBS 26:21
    55. 55. My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, James 1:19
    56. 56. Forgiveness,Forgiveness, the truethe true manifestationmanifestation of LOVEof LOVE
    57. 57. The Registered Brand of Christian Spirituality is Love
    58. 58. 1 Corinthians 13:1-7 (LOVE)1 Corinthians 13:1-7 (LOVE) 1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. JOY
    59. 59. 1 Corinthians 13:1-7 (LOVE)1 Corinthians 13:1-7 (LOVE) 1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. PEACE
    60. 60. 1 Corinthians 13:1-7 (LOVE)1 Corinthians 13:1-7 (LOVE) 1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. LONG- SUFFERING
    61. 61. 1 Corinthians 13:1-7 (LOVE)1 Corinthians 13:1-7 (LOVE) 1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. KINDNESS
    62. 62. 1 Corinthians 13:1-7 (LOVE)1 Corinthians 13:1-7 (LOVE) 1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. GOOD- NESS
    63. 63. 1 Corinthians 13:1-7 (LOVE)1 Corinthians 13:1-7 (LOVE) 1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. FAITH- FULNESS
    64. 64. 1 Corinthians 13:1-7 (LOVE)1 Corinthians 13:1-7 (LOVE) 1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. GENTLE- NESS
    65. 65. 1 Corinthians 13:1-7 (LOVE)1 Corinthians 13:1-7 (LOVE) 1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. SELF- CONTROL
    66. 66. LOVING THE UNSEEN GODLOVING THE UNSEEN GOD 19 We love Him because He first loved us. 20 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? 21 And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also. 1 JOHN 4:19-21
    67. 67. Love MotivatesLove Motivates • to love others begotten by God Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. 1 JOHN 5:1
    68. 68. Love MotivatesLove Motivates • to love others begotten by God • to feel joy But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You. PSALM 5:11
    69. 69. Love MotivatesLove Motivates • to love others begotten by God • to feel joy • hatred of sin You who love the LORD, hate evil! He preserves the souls of His saints; He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked. PSALM 97:10
    70. 70. Love MotivatesLove Motivates • to love others begotten by God • to feel joy • hatred of sin • full obedience De 30:20 "that you may love the LORD your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days; and that you may dwell in the land which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them."
    71. 71. Love MotivatesLove Motivates • to love others begotten by God • to feel joy • hatred of sin • full obedience 1Jo 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.
    72. 72. Love MotivatesLove Motivates • to love others begotten by God • to feel joy • hatred of sin • full obedience • fulfill the family role/responsibility (Col. 3:18-21)
    73. 73. Love MotivatesLove Motivates • to love others begotten by God • to feel joy • hatred of sin • full obedience • fulfill the family role/responsibility (Col. 3:18-21) • love those who hate us (Matt. 5:43-48) – love enemy –bless curser – good to the hater –pray for persecutor
    74. 74. Let Love DominateLet Love Dominate 35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36 "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?" 37 Jesus said to him, "‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 "This is the first and great commandment. 39 "And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 "On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.“ Matthew 22:35-40
    75. 75. QuestionsQuestions • Do you love your neighbor as yourself? • Do you love God? – Do you love God enough to obey him? – Do you love God enough to obey him today?
    76. 76. Loveless: Life without ObedienceLoveless: Life without Obedience • “If you love Me, keep My commandments” John 14:15 • “He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him” John 14:21 • “He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine but the Father’s who sent Me” John 14:24
    77. 77. Accursed: Life without LoveAccursed: Life without Love • “If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be accursed. O Lord, come!” 1 Corinthians 16:22 • “Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.” Ephesians 6:24
    78. 78. What Some Love More Than God?What Some Love More Than God? • The world (1 Jn. 2:15) • Riches (Matt. 6:24) • Family (Matt. 10:37) • Praises of Men (Jn. 12:43) • Life (Lk. 14:26) “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” MATTHEW 16:26
    79. 79. What do you love moreWhat do you love more than your own soul?than your own soul? • if you love your soul, gain God’s wisdom Pr 19:8, “He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good.”
    80. 80. CHRIST & USCHRIST & US • CHRIST MADE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR US AS AN EXPRESSION OF LOVE “For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again” (2 COR. 5:14, 15) • WHAT DOES YOUR LIFE EXPRESS FOR HIM?
    81. 81. WHAT DOES YOUR LIFE EXPRESS FOR HIM?
    82. 82. 1 Cor. 13:131 Cor. 13:13 • Now abideth faith, hope, love, these three, but the greatest of these is love.
    83. 83. Love is a feeling ruled by theLove is a feeling ruled by the heart:heart: • "Oh, I can not love that person, I don’t feel anything." This is a serious mistake that occurs in this world guided by hedonism (search for satisfaction of personal desires), where 'love' is for who has something to offer us.
    84. 84. Love is rational, is not just anLove is rational, is not just an emotion and passionemotion and passion • Love is a decision and doesn’t finish, that is, love is for a lifetime. • It's like the decision to walk with Jesus: - The difficulties come, several reasons arise to make us give up, but when we believe in Christ and we decided to follow Him, we will not give up for anything. • Love is a decision, is attitude- is an action
    85. 85. • When we come to know and enjoy the good love of God, the Holy Spirit empowers us to love as He loved us. The ID of spirituality is fulfilled by love (John 13. 35), love is the bond of perfectness (Col. 3. 14), the essence of Christianity is love (1 Cor. 13).
    86. 86. Ágape – the Love of GodÁgape – the Love of God • This is the greatest love. He is perfect, immense, incalculable and incomprehensible. Is above all others and can not be measured or achieved outside of God. • If we try to reflect on the greatness of this love, we see that it is far beyond anything we can imagine. Therefore it is our obligation to present this love to those who do not know him. • This is the love that transforms lives, renews the mind and restores relationships. This is the love that has the power of eternal life. People need to know it! Therefore, to exercise the fruit of love we need to do God's work.
    87. 87. • There is no greater challenge in Scripture than to love as God loves. In contrast to the passions of the flesh, empty and fleeting, this love is eternal Now abideth faith, hope, love, these three, but the greatest of these is love 1 Cor. 13:13

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