A rose among thorns

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A rose among thorns

  1. 1. A Rose AmongThornsWhat Does it Mean to Love Well?
  2. 2. What Is Love?Love is a rose but you better not pick it,Only grows when its on the vineHandful of thorns and you know youvemissed itLose your love when you say theword, "Mine."- Neil Young
  3. 3. What Is Love?1."Pagan" love.Matthew 5:46 If you love thosewho love you, what reward will youget? Are not even the taxcollectors doing that?
  4. 4. What Is Love?1."Pagan" love.47 And if you greet only yourbrothers, what are you doing morethan others? Do not even pagansdo that?"
  5. 5. What Is Love?2."Neighborly " love.Matthew 5:43 "You have heardthat it was said, Love yourneighbor and hate your enemy."
  6. 6. What Is Love?Find a need and meet it.
  7. 7. What Is Love?3."Enemy" love.Matthew 5:44 But I tell you: Loveyour enemies and pray for thosewho persecute you, …
  8. 8. What Is Love?4."God’s" love.Matthew 5:43 ...that you maybe sons of your Father in heaven.He causes his sun to rise on theevil and the good, and sends rainon the righteous and theunrighteous.
  9. 9. What Is Love?4."God’s" love.48 Be perfect, therefore, as yourheavenly Father is perfect.
  10. 10. What Is Love?• Not deserved.• Demonstrated.• Redemptive.• Relational.• Committed.
  11. 11. What Is Love?1 John 4:8 He who does not lovedoes not know God; for God islove.
  12. 12. What Is Love?1 John 4:19 We love, because hefirst loved us.
  13. 13. What Is Love?Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, loveyour wives, just as Christ lovedthe church and gave Himself upfor her.

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