Radically Aggressive Love

by Rev. Vince Finnegan on May 14, 2017
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Would the church be better if we loved each other like mothers love their children? ___ yes ___no

What would our church be like if we loved each other like Christ loves the church?

Was everything that Jesus did an act of love? ____yes _____no

Matthew 8:1-4
- The leper, 5-13 - The centurion, 14-15 - Peter’s mother-in-law, 16-17 - Many with various problems, 28-34 - The two men occupied with demons, 9:1-8 - Paralytic carried by four men

He invited Andrew and the other unnamed disciple to come home with him. He went to Peter and Andrew’s job, went to Peter’s house, found Matthew at his job... He not only loved people who came to him, but he also was aggressive in going to those in need.

John 13:23-25
-- The disciple whom he loved was on Jesus’ bosom.

John 2:14-16
-- Jesus drove out the money changers. Was it loving? ___yes ____no

Matthew 16:21-23; Hebrews 12:4-6
-- When Jesus said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan,” was he loving? ___yes ___no Peter spoke to Jesus because of his love for him, and Jesus spoke to Peter because of his love for Peter. What was the difference? ______________________________________________________

Matthew 23:13-33
-- Jesus repeatedly called the Pharisees “hypocrites.” In verse 33 he said, “You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of hell?” Was this the talk of love? ____yes ____no

John 5:17, 19-20
-- Why was Jesus always loving, and how did he know how to love rightly in each situation? ______________________________________________

John 11:3-ff
-- Why did Jesus wait until Lazarus was dead? 11:4, 41-42

John 13:34-35
-- We are commanded to love like he loved; therefore, we have been given the ability to do so. If we are to keep this all important commandment, we must be directed by our Lord and hear when he speaks to us.

John 14:15, 21-23; 15:9-17
-- We are to love, and we do so by keeping his commandments.

1 John
-- We are commanded to love just like Jesus loved. Some might consider such love to be radically aggressive love.

What adjustments can you make in your life to better love your neighbor? _____________________________________________________________

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