A More Loving Person

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Pastor Elio Marrocco's "A More Loving Person" sermon at New Life Christian Church on February 9, 2014. You can learn more about New Life Christian Church here: http://www.newlifecc.ca

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A More Loving Person

  1. 1. A MORE LOVING PERSON Text: 1 John 4:7-8, 21
  2. 2. A MORE LOVING PERSON 1 John 4:7-8, 21 BECOMING "Let us love one another, for love comes from God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. And He has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother."
  3. 3. A MORE LOVING PERSON What is love?
  4. 4. A MORE LOVING PERSON I. WHAT IS LOVE? Popular misconceptions: a) Some people think love is a feeling. b) Others think that love is uncontrollable.
  5. 5. A MORE LOVING PERSON I. WHAT IS LOVE? 1. Love is a matter of choice. Colossians 3:14 "And over all these put on love which binds them together."
  6. 6. A MORE LOVING PERSON I. WHAT IS LOVE? 1. Love is a matter of choice. 2. Love is a matter of conduct. 1 John 3:18 "Let us not love with words or tongue, but with actions and truth."
  7. 7. A MORE LOVING PERSON I. WHAT IS LOVE? 1. Love is a matter of choice. 2. Love is a matter of conduct. John 3:16 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
  8. 8. A MORE LOVING PERSON I. WHAT IS LOVE? II. HOW TO LOVE SOMEONE YOU DON'T LIKE. 1. Experience God's love yourself.
  9. 9. A MORE LOVING PERSON Ephesians 3:17-18 (LB) "I pray that Christ will be more and more at home in your heart, living within you as you trust Him. May your roots go deep into the soil of God's marvelous love, and may you be able to feel and understand how long, wide, deep and high His love really is, and experience this love for yourselves."
  10. 10. A MORE LOVING PERSON Because unloving people are unloved people.
  11. 11. A MORE LOVING PERSON I. WHAT IS LOVE? II. HOW TO LOVE SOMEONE YOU DON'T LIKE. 1. Experience God's love yourself. 2. Forgive others who've hurt you.
  12. 12. A MORE LOVING PERSON Colossians 3:13 "Forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you."
  13. 13. A MORE LOVING PERSON I. WHAT IS LOVE? II. HOW TO LOVE SOMEONE YOU DON'T LIKE. 1. Experience God's love yourself. 2. Forgive others who've hurt you. 3. Think loving thoughts.
  14. 14. A MORE LOVING PERSON Philippians 2:4-5 "Don't just think about your own affairs, but be interested in others too, and in what they are doing. Your attitude should be the same kind that was shown to us by Jesus Christ."
  15. 15. A MORE LOVING PERSON By focusing on their hurts, their problems, their needs.
  16. 16. A MORE LOVING PERSON Never forget that – hurt people hurt people!
  17. 17. A MORE LOVING PERSON 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds…
  18. 18. A MORE LOVING PERSON 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 … 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
  19. 19. A MORE LOVING PERSON If we change the way we think, it will automatically change the way we feel.
  20. 20. A MORE LOVING PERSON I. WHAT IS LOVE? II. HOW TO LOVE SOMEONE YOU DON'T LIKE. 1. Experience God's love yourself. 2. Forgive others who've hurt you. 3. Think loving thoughts. 4. Begin acting in a loving way.
  21. 21. A MORE LOVING PERSON Loving by faith is the most powerful movement of the world.
  22. 22. A MORE LOVING PERSON ‘It is easier to act my way into a feeling than it is to feel my way into an action.’
  23. 23. A MORE LOVING PERSON Luke 6:27-28 "Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you."
  24. 24. A MORE LOVING PERSON Four Things To Do To People Who hurt You a) Love them. Ephesians 4:2 (LB) “Be patient with each other, making allowances for each other because of your love.
  25. 25. A MORE LOVING PERSON Four Things To Do To People Who hurt You a) Love them. b) Do good. c) Bless Them. d) Pray For Them.
  26. 26. A MORE LOVING PERSON 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 "Love is patient, love is kind, love does not envy, love does not boast. It is not proud. It is not rude. It is not self seeking. It is not easily angered. Love keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices in the truth…
  27. 27. A MORE LOVING PERSON 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 … Love always protects. Love always trusts. Love always hopes. Love always perseveres. That kind of love never fails."
  28. 28. A MORE LOVING PERSON I. WHAT IS LOVE? II. HOW TO LOVE SOMEONE YOU DON'T LIKE. 5. Expect the best from them.
  29. 29. A MORE LOVING PERSON 1 Corinthians 13:7 (LB) "If you love someone you will always believe in him, and always expect the best of him."

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