In preparation for the sermon on Sunday, I asked the question on this blog, “What is your favorite love song?” There were so many great responses! We heard of another church that put together a whole bunch of love songs, made a fun medley out of it, and we played the video during the sermon.
Our culture has so many different views on love, doesn’t it?
“I can’t fight this feeling anymore…” Often love is portrayed that way. A feeling, an opinion, and something that can change. But we learned from 1 Corinthians 13, that the love God wants us to have is deep. More like the song “I will always love you.” Take a look at this encouraging video that describes the amazing love God wants us to have.
Sometimes it is very difficult to love certain people. Do you have one of those people in your life? In your family? Neighborhood or workplace? Guess what, they’re in the church too. Jesus said, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, that you love one another.” One litmus test for discipleship to Jesus is that we must love other disciples of Jesus. We are to be known for this!
But again, it can be so hard! It is okay to admit that we are having a hard time with someone in the church. In fact, it is good to admit it, but in a very sensitive, caring way. Maybe not in the middle of the worship service! Instead, it is vital that we bring a trusted friend to help us. Do you have an accountability partner? Who can you reach out to that will help you love?
For the next month as we study the Fruit of the Spirit, we should be able to look back and see that fruit growing in our lives! That means we should be more loving at the end of the month than we are now. Having someone to walk alongside us to help us can be the deciding factor as to whether or not we are growing. God uses people in our lives to encourage us. So will you invite someone into your fruit-growing process? And will you pray “Spirit, fill me that I might grow your fruit in my life.”?
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