The Answer

by Rev. Vince Finnegan on January 7, 2007
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Notes:

"I am in a slump;" "I'm bored;" "I am disgusted with life." "What is the point or purpose?" "I feel distant from God;" "no one loves me;" "people annoy me;" "I'm angry;" "I am lost and hopeless;" "I want to give up and just go ." All of these feelings and mind-sets have the same answer: LOVE

Matthew 22:35-40 As we begin a new year, what should be the most important concern we have?

The two great human needs are 1) to be loved and 2) to love. Life does not make sense outside of love because life is to be all about love, God's love. To love God and others, we must first believe the love that God has for us. We may not understand it, but acceptance and faith regarding His love for us are the beginning of everything.

WE ARE LOVED.

John 3:16 The greatest demonstration of love ever. God loves you.

Romans 5:5-11 God has poured out His love in us.

Romans 8:31-39 His love for us began when we were dead in trespasses and sins, so to doubt it now is senseless.

I John 4:9 and 10 God manifested His love toward us in a manner that is totally not questionable. Jesus suffered and died for YOU!

WE ARE TO LOVE GOD IN RETURN.

John 14:15, 21 and 15:10 If we love Him, then we keep His commandments.

II Corinthians 4:10 and 11 To love God is to lose self (all our thoughts, emotions, and desires that are contrary to His).

I John 5:3; 4:20 If we love God, then we must love our brother also.

WE ARE TO LOVE OTHERS.

I John 4:7-21 God so loved us we ought to love one another.

John 12:23-26 God's love is supernatural. We cannot produce this kind of love in our own strength and ability. Only our willpower is invoked in loving with God's love, not our emotions, our thoughts, or own desires.

Some of the hurts, unforgiveness, bitterness, and resentments that we choose to keep are fully justified by the world's standards.

God's love working through us is the most exhilarating, most meaningful, and most fulfilling experience of life.



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