Acronym For Love
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
1Corinthians 13:13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
Included in God"s Love: Goodness, Mercy, Sympathy, and Understanding.
I. L-ord ... (Love the Lord)
A. Matthew 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
1. Profession of love for the Lord is empty if your actions and works can't be seen.
***Doers of the Word - Not just Hearers!
2. If the love of possessions, pleasure, and popularity are more important to us than pleasing God, we are still "Conformed to this world".
Romans 12:2 - And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
3. God wants our love without restrictions - Unconditionally.
***Remember the one who failed!
Matthew 19:21-22 - Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. 22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.
II. O-thers ... (Love Others)
Matthew 22:39 -
9 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
1. Many people love themselves but fail to love others.
2. We can not truly love God without loving our fellowman.
1 John 4:20-21 - If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.
3. We grow in love by praying with compassion for others.
***Resentment and bitterness go away when we pray.
***Helping others and sharing Christ increases our love towards others.
III. V-ictory ...
1 Corinthians 15:57 -
57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
A. In World War II - when the enemy was defeated - the "V" sign became a symbol.
***In high school, I refused to race in my car and the "V" sign was given as the guy drove on past me.
***I lost a foot-race and the "V" sign was given.
It always bothered me when someone else gave me the "V" sign. It more than bothers satan that Jesus has given us the Victory by the power of His precious blood that was shed on the Cross.
B. Christians are fighting the biggest battle ever.
*Against sin and satan - This fight can not be won with guns, tanks, or planes which can be countered in "counter warefare".
[BUT] There Is No Defense Against Love... The devil Can't Stop It!
***John 3:16 - 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
C. The "V" in love stands for VICTORY because love never fails...
*Jesus is love and He never Fails!!
IV. E-verlasting Life ...
John 3:16 - 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
A. Faith is necessary for Salvation - "...whosoever believeth in Him".
B. Hope is necessary for successful living -
**HOWEVER - In Heaven... Both Faith and Hope will no longer have a place.
C. Most all things in life will perish -
D. Love is Eternal. "God is Love". -
Revelation 21:4 - And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Conclusion: My friends, God is Love. He loves you. He sent His Son Jesus to die on the Cross for you. Will you accept His free gift of salvation by accepting His Son today?
MY SINCERE PRAYER FOR YOU IS THAT YOU WILL!