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  1. 1. Looking inward December 2012
  2. 2. 1. LOVE
  3. 3. Wikipedia definitionLove is an emotion of strong affection and personalattachment.Love is also said to be a virtue representing all of humankindness, compassion and affection – ‘the unselfish loyalbenevolent concern for the good of another’
  4. 4. 1 Corinthians 13:4-74 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, itdoes not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does notdishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is noteasily angered, it keeps no record ofwrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil butrejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects,always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres
  5. 5. Why Love?
  6. 6. Exodus 20:1-6And aGod spoke all these words, saying,2 b“Iam the LORD your God, who brought you outof the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.3 c“You shall have no other gods before1 me.4 d“You shall not make for yourself a carvedimage, or any likeness of anything that is inheaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, orthat is in the water under the earth. 5 eYou shallnot bow down to them or serve them, for Ithe LORD your God am a jealous God, gvisiting theiniquity of the fathers on the children to the thirdand the fourth generation of those who hateme, 6 but showing steadfast love to thousands2 ofthose who love me and keep mycommandments.
  7. 7. Mark 12:28-31Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, theLord is one. Love the Lord your Godwith all your heart and with all yoursoul and with all your mind and withall your strength. The second is this:Love your neighbor as yourself.There is no commandment greaterthan these
  8. 8. Even then?
  9. 9. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son,that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.Romans 5:8 but God shows his love for us in that while we werestill sinners, Christ died for us.Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer Iwho live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in theflesh I live by faith in the Son of God. who loved me and gavehimself for me.Ephesians 2:4-5 But God, being rich in mercy, because of thegreat love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in ourtrespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you havebeen saved—1 John 4:9-11 In this the love of God was made manifest amongus, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might livethrough him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that heloved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
  10. 10. Love does not save us, Jesussaves us and that is love. Love is the result of being saved. So as Christians we are to loves others. While that is very difficult attimes, its very possible with the help of the Holy Spirit and through the process of sanctification.It is through this process that we become more like Christ!
  11. 11. Be together, share your joy and sorrow, understand eachother, provide space to each other, but always be there foreach others need. And surely love will blossom to strengthenyour relationship with your matter of affection.