February 18, 2018 Sermon

Have you ever lost your composure and became like the world is? The Bible teaches us to exercise love in all of our relationships. All. We need to be "bearing with one another in love". We are called to it. We have to love each other even if we don't like each other. "Make every effort to make peace and be holy." If we want to be adult, mature Christians, we must build loving relationships with everyone. Otherwise, we are just child-like, immature Christians.

There's importance of love in the church. All of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit can be counterfeited by the enemy, but the Fruits of the Holy Spirit cannot be. Love is higher than knowledge. If you don't have love, you have nothing at all. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. One grows only you, while the other grows all. In the church we are way over-educated and under-exercised.

Love is higher than faith. The only thing that counts is faith that expresses itself through love.

We must express love through generousity. We can give all of our money and even give our lives, but if we don't have our hearts right in love of God and of people, your gifts are nothing. You must give gifts and offerings based on love. We need to practice this in our everyday lives. We want to cultivate that love into something greater and greater and greater. Love in the same way Jesus did. Building relationships means becoming interested in the things of others. Allow the Holy Spirit to allow you to seek out someone and get to know them, not necessarily having them know you. "You will know you are one of my disciples by your love for one another." We need to recognize burdens that people have and walk in their shoes. Love is about coming along side them and getting to truly understand them: people who are handicapped, people who are suffering with illness, minorities who struggle in the structure of our society, etc. Giving of self is a type of generousity that can only be done right with love.

People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care.
Share more and more of Jesus with more and more of the world.
Love God and love others.
The Most Excellent Way is Love.

I Corinthians 13:1-13

- Jon Bruney

Zion Missionary Church - Fremont, Indiana

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