Be About Love

It’s hard to give love away if you’ve never received love. It’s hard to be a loving person if you’ve never received the love of God. But it is incredible when the love of God begins to resonate within your heart.

Being loving towards other people begins to be the natural by product. It’s the natural outflow of all that you do, because the love of God has come alive within you.

When we begin to experience the love that God has given to us, we have something to give away to others. I’m convinced it’s tough to be a person of love if you have never experienced real love before.

You can’t give something away that you’ve never received, so we need to receive the love of God. When God expresses His love in us, our love toward others is a natural channel in our lives. Loving others becomes natural.

Love was the center of everything that Jesus did. A teacher of the law came to him and asked, “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” 37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets). (Matthew 22: 36 – 40”

When we learn to love God and to love others, it is impressive how all of the other teachings of the Bible begin to fall into place. Jesus said the greatest is to be a person that’s filled with love. We need to be about love.

Love Is of God

1 Corinthians 13: 1 – 3, affirms; “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body [a]to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.”

Love is to be the priority of our lives; achievements mean nothing without love.

So many times, we focus on accomplishments, but not relationships. We need to focus on relationships because that is where love is. We need to focus on our relationship with God and with others. When we fail to do this, the Bible says it’s like the sound of a clanging cymbal. Do you know what a terrible, obnoxious noise that is? There’s nothing more annoying than just a ringing cymbal.

When you don’t have love, your life is insignificant. It doesn’t mean much. But, when you begin to put love with action, you begin to make beautiful melodies.

Many people think that being a follower of Jesus is just believing specific facts. I hope today that you believe that Jesus rose from the grave. I hope you believe that the Bible is God’s word. And, I hope that you know that Jesus was the Son of God, sent to Earth. More importantly, I hope that you don’t just believe this, but I hope that you love God.

It’s not just about believing certain things. Love is the most incredible and supreme value because God loves us. If we want to understand God’s love for us, we have to look at 1 John 4: 7; “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.”

God is the originator of love. Love starts with Him. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. And whoever does not, does not know God, because God is love. And this is how God showed His love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world, that we might live through Him. God loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. God initiated His love for us.

A Culture of Love

What is the craziest thing you have done for love? There are certain things that you do because you have to, but there are other things you do because of love. You will do something for love that you would not do under normal circumstances.

Love is essential, and having a love culture is critical. Every business has a culture. Every family has a culture. Every church has a culture. Every life has a culture. A culture is driven by its values, its beliefs, its leaders. It’s the vibe. It’s the environment. God wants us to have a culture of love. Love should be the culture of all that we do. If you’re a follower of Jesus, love should be at the center. It should be at the apex of everything. We want to have a culture of love.

I can think of no higher compliment for somebody to give a follower of Jesus than saying, He is a loving person, she is a loving person. That’s one of the most beautiful things that somebody could ever say about our church. I came to Progress Church, and the people were so loving.

We want to have a love culture at Progress Church. I hope for your life, that love is the culture of all that you do. I hope in the business place, in the neighborhood, and wherever you are, that when you show up, love is on the scene.

John 3: 16, stated; “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

You can accomplish great things, but if you don’t have love, it doesn’t matter. You can have spiritual gifts, and you can accomplish great things, but if you don’t have love, then it doesn’t matter what your spiritual gifts are.

You can be generous and give to the poor, but if you don’t have love, it doesn’t matter. You can be knowledgeable, you can be wise, but if you don’t have love, it’s insignificant. Love is the center. Love is the apex. Love is the focus of all that we do.

The love of God is rooted in the Father’s love for His Son, but also for us that He was willing to give Him to die for a lost humanity. We are grateful to God for His marvelous gift.