2010 Challenge: Week 6 – Proverbs 1, Philippians Ch. 3 -4
We had a great Valentine’s Day at The Bridge with some fun surprises. (You never know what might happen!)Pastor Duane has been preaching a series called, “Hey, that’s my question.” Sunday we looked at some questions on love and relationships. You can download it for free from the podcast.
It is so interesting how REAL LOVE, (Agape love) which is the unconditionally, purely unselfish, divine love of God answers so many of life’s questions. You can see a life-size picture of this kind of love in 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8. “Can I live with my boyfriend?” Answer: vs.4…Love is patient. “How long should I be mad before I forgive?” Answer: vs. 5…love keeps no record of wrongs. What questions are you asking that REAL LOVE can answer?
Our culture thinks love is a temporary feeling that you accidentally “fall into” when you least suspect it and “fall out of” when it doesn’t serve your agendas anymore or provide warm-fuzzies. I’m all for warm fuzzy feelings, but they are a by product of emotion that comes and goes, like an ebb and flow of the ocean. Our feelings can’t be trusted to make relationship decisions. They have to submit to a higher standard–Agape. LOVE IS A CHOICE.
Jesus said people would know we are his followers, by our love for one another. (John 13:35) Our prayer for The Bridge Community is that our love for one another will be a witness to the powerful love of God for them–“All ages, All races, All kinds!”
Yes, love is a risk. But relationship means so much to God, that WE WERE WORTH the risk.
“But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for while we were yet sinners. ” (Romans 5:9 NLT)