Love Lifted Me

by Rev. Vince Finnegan on May 8, 2016
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3 aspects of love: 1) God’s love for us, 2) our love for Him, 3) our love for others

Romans 5:5-10
The proof that our hope will not disappoint is God’s love poured out in us. Christ died for us when we totally did not deserve it. As we experience God’s love for us, the ugly beliefs about ourselves will disappear.

Romans 8:14-17
“Abba” is a term that expresses warm affection and family confidence.

Galatians 5:13-16
The ability to love others as God has loved us comes with the holy spirit. The walk of the flesh is self-centered, without concern for God or others. The spirit enables us to love others genuinely like God loves.

Philippians 1:12-20
Paul’s transformation and subsequent life are held up in Scriptures as examples for every believer to follow. He did not take the acts of others personally because he did not believe lies about himself.

1 Timothy 1:13-16
Love, joy, and peace are the fruit in someone who believes truth and is influenced by the spirit of truth. Anger, jealousy, revenge, self-doubt, condemnation, “poor me” attitude, etc. are the result in someone who believes lies about himself, others, or God.

Matthew 6:1-4
The motive for service to others is vital.

1 John 4:9-11; 19
Our love for others is due to God’s love for us. It is God-directed.

1 John 3:16-18
The spirit makes possible a fuller realization of God’s love for us and equips us to love Him and to love others as Christ loved his disciples.

1 Corinthians 13:1-3
All service is to be centered in love.

-- “But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

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