The Love of Christ Compels us

by John Cortright on March 11, 2007
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Notes:

John 3:16 God so loved the world. He loves all people of the world. When you understand the love of God that has been imparted to you, the natural reciprocal response is to love.

Luke 7:36-50 This woman knew that she needed forgiveness, and her response was one of love.

Luke 15:1-3 Three parables are given in this chapter of Luke which are all in response to the grumbling of the Pharisees and scribes. They were continually passing judgment upon Jesus' choice of people with which he associated.

The main point of all of these parables is similar. Luke 15:7 and 10

"There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents."

We should never trust in our own ability to receive salvation. God loved the world, and He gave His Son to die for man's sin. If you think that you somehow could earn your way into the grace of God, you are mistaken.

Luke 18:9-14

Romans 3:9-27 All have sinned and fallen short. There is no boasting.

Ephesians 2:1-9 There are no degrees of being dead. There is no work that you could possibly do to earn your way into the Kingdom of God.

Psalm 49:6-12

Psalm 49:7-9 "Yet they cannot redeem themselves from death by paying a ransom to God. Redemption does not come so easily, for no one can ever pay enough to live forever and never see the grave." New Living Translation

Romans 5:6-8 We were helpless sinners, and Christ died for us when we were in that state.

II Corinthians 5:14-15 The love of Christ compels us now to live for him.



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