This weekend was a great Mother’s Day Weekend at C3. Every lady got a beautiful, fun flower pen, and we had a special video of kids saying what they loved about their moms. I’ve attached it here if you missed it…
I also had the privilege to speak this weekend. We continued our sermon series Free and started looking at the Fruit of the Spirit. We talked about the Fruit of Love found in Galatians 5:22-26 “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another.”
I talked about how the word love can lose its punch and the meaning can be a little abstract. For example I love God, I love my husband, I love my kids, I love my puppy, I love Italian food, I love chocolate, I love my boat….. We use the word love for all kinds of things.
So I replaced the word love with the word value. To show you what I am talking about, lets take John 3:16 and replace love with the word value to help bring meaning to the word love.
John 3:16 “For God so valued the world that He gave His only Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
There are 3 loves we have to have in our lives.
1. We have to love God.
We have to have a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We have all sinned and need a savior. If you believe that Jesus is God’s Son, that He died on the cross to pay the price for your sins, and rose from the dead and ask Him to come into your life to be Lord and Savior, you can have a relationship with God.
Then to help your relationship flourish you need to spend time:
In God’s Word
2. We have to love ourselves.
I think one of the hardest things for people to do is love or value themselves, because when we live in the sinful nature that causes us to feel devalued and unloved.
Galatians 5:19-21 “The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like.”
But if you are a believer, you are connected to God and His love is in you. God makes you valuable/ loveable.
Go get in the Word and see what God has to say about you:
*He knows everything about you – your personality, past, why you do what you do.
* He created you
*He is your Father
*He thinks about you
*He rejoices over you
*If you seek Him you will find Him
*Nothing you do will separate you from ME (God says)
When you start to talk negative about yourself the Holy Spirit is there feeding you the truth of God’s Word.
Galatians 5:26 “Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.”
3. We have to love others.
John 13:34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.”
Because of the Fruit of the Spirit in us, we can love others and we can value others.
1 Corinthians 13:4-6 “ Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable,(easily angered) and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”
John 15:5 God says: “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
So let’s remain connected to the vine and let the fruit of LOVE grow in our lives.
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