Threefold Love Connection

by Rev. Vince Finnegan on January 4, 2015
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1. Through the spirit, we experience God’s love.
2. The spirit enables us to love God.
3. The spirit gives us the capacity to love others just like Christ.

Romans 5:5-10
– God had His Son die for our sins. We are saved from wrath and offered eternal life, which is all motivated by God’s love for us. As we accept God’s love for us, the tormenting and ugly beliefs and feelings we have about ourselves fade away because the most important one of all loves us.

Romans 8:14-17
– Hard-heartedness and indifference toward God are replaced with the tenderheartedness and passion for our Father.

Galatians 5:13-16
– The will of the flesh is self-centered, without concern for God or others. The spirit enables us to love others genuinely.

Philippians 1:12-20
– Paul was in jail, not because he committed any crimes, but because he endeavored to help people to be saved. Yet, in these circumstances, he did not complain and cry “poor me,” rather he maintained a loving attitude. Instead of submitting to the temptations of anger, ingratitude, grumbling about injustice, blaming God or others, or doubting himself, he was thankful.

1 Timothy 1:13-16
– Paul was completely free of the lies that encased most everyone else. He truly had died to himself. He did not take those circumstances as a personal attack on him. He did not take things personally because he did not believe lies about himself. He understood the wrong actions of others were due to the wrong beliefs they held, even if they had an impact on him. He understood because he never had forgotten the evil he had committed while thinking he was doing a service to God.

Matthew 2:1-4
– If when we serve others we feel important, valued, significant, indispensable, or rejected, unimportant, unappreciated, or insignificant, our motives may not be aligned with the love of God.

1 John 4:9-11, 19
– We love others because God loved us!

1 John 3:16-18
– Thinking about loving others or only having good intentions is not enough.

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