Sunday, February 26, 2012

1 Corinthians 13:4-8a -- Love’s attributes!

1 Corinthians 13:4-8a -- Love’s attributes!
By Pastor Lee Hemen
February 26, 2012 AM

What is love? It is a question that poets, prognosticators, and psychologists have tried to answer. Love’s theme fills hundreds of thousands of books, songs, and blogs. Tina Turner cynically sang, “Oh what's love got to do, got to do with it? What's love but a second hand emotion? What's love got to do, got to do with it? Who needs a heart, when a heart can be broken?” Most contemporary songs in today’s society have reduced love to either feelings or lust, whichever fits the needs of the moment. It reflects the shallow and sometimes cynical view folks have for the meaning of love for their lives. However, if we are to understand Scripture we have to answer the question, “What is love?”

The Bible does define for us what love is. It begins with God himself when we learn “God is love.” (1 John 4:8 NIV) Love’s definition is furthered clarified when he showed what his love is all about in sending his Son. (John 3:16-18) This love of God transforms the individual from the inside out to the extent that they are changed forever in their personal relationship with him, their personal attitudes and their interactions with others. “For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.” (2 Corinthians 5:14 NIV) and “No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.” (1 John 4:12 NIV) The problem is what does the rest of the world see when it looks at the life of a believer? Does it see the love of God revealed in us? With all the misunderstanding, negativism, and cynicism concerning love in our day and age, the question we need to answer this morning is, “What is love?” More specifically, what are love’s attributes? Let’s find out for ourselves…

READ: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a


I came across the Top 10 Geeky Ways to Say “I Love You!” It comes from Wired.com and sadly, I understand every single one of them. You may not but here they are anyway:

10. “You give me so much energy I could give up caffeine.”

9. “In the software of my life, my love for you is a feature, not a bug.”

8. “My love for you is a stat, and I rolled an 18 … on three dice.”

7. “If feelings were LEGO sets, my love for you would be the Death Star.”

6. “The myth that we don’t belong together? Busted!“

5. “If I were a Vulcan, I’d go Pon Farr for you every seven minutes.”

4. “If I had to choose between you and an iPad, I’d pick you.”

3. “If I was Frodo and you were the One Ring, Middle-earth would be toast.”

2. “You’re the Konami code for the video game of my life.”

1. “You’re my 42.”

If you do not fully understand all of these, take heart you are not as geeky as you thought you were! If you want an explanation, ask the geek sitting next to you! However, in these verses…

I. We discover what love is! (Vv. 13:4, 7-8a)
1. I wanna know what love is..... I want you to show me..... (Mariah Carey)
1) All Mariah had to do was open her Bible! We discover that love is patient, or as some translations state, “long suffering.” Yet the idea is not one of patiently putting up with something or someone, but rather that of steadfast devotion. There is a serene tolerance involved whereby the believer, as Paul admonishes is to “Be completely humble and gentle; [by being] patient, bearing with one another in love.” (Ephesians 4:2 NIV) Love is also kind, again as in being “kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32 NIV) Love always protects like a covering or a bird that shelters her young with her wing, and love always trusts in its fellow man. In other words, the love a Christians displays sees the best in the other person. How in the world could love do that? Because it also always hopes in that it always sees the bright side of life even in difficult circumstances. Love is able to do this because it perseveres. It stays the course set out for it in life, it keeps on keeping on when others falter and persists when others only see failure. Love is all these wonderful things: kind, patient, protective, trusting, hopeful, and persistent! When it is, it never fails! This is what Godly love truly is!
EXAMPLE: In a morally corrupt world we see what the redefinition of love accomplishes. It focuses on self-gratification and reduces love to its basest instinct of emotional lust. Love becomes about selfish relationships, instead of the foundational truth it is supposed to be. Like the redefinition of marriage that ignores the familial outcome of emotional stability and the continuance of the human species. Contrary to the amoral selfish redefining of marriage, this is why God resoundingly condemns homosexuality. Marriage also defines who we are as male and female. Homosexuality not only swims against common biological sense, it forces itself against the foundational psychological truth of moral behavior. At its core godly love is sacrificial and is never based on what you get out of it, it is based on what change has occurred in your sinful human nature that makes you love others in spite of yourself! This why John would write, “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:10 NIV)

For Paul, love was more than what you can gain it flows from what you have already obtained. We have found out what love is, we also have to learn what it is not. Here in these verses…

II. We discover what love is not! (Vv. 13:4b-6)
1. If this isn’t love, tell me what it is! (Jennifer Hudson)
1) Jennifer should know that love is more than losing weight! Love does not envy, it does not boast, and it is not proud. It does not stoop to petty jealousy or green-eyed behavior. It does not care about what others have or obtained, but rather rejoices with another’s success! Nor does it brag about itself to others, but rather it knows its place. Therefore it does not puff itself up in the eyes of others, like a gangsta thug or short-term sports hero, for its own gain. In a world where being crude and sarcastic has reached all time new lows, the love a Christian shows is not to be rude or crass. Godly love never seeks the lowest common denominator, it has high standards. It does for others rather than for itself, never seeking its own desires first. It keeps a lid on its anger and in so doing it does not keep track of the wrong others have done to it. And unlike the world, who knows “God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, [and] they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them”, (Romans 1:32 NIV) love “does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth” of God! Notice anything about the picture painted here of what love is not? The love of God as expressed in the lives of believers is to be nothing like what the world offers. That’s why the world does not understand it nor does it understand Christ or Christianity. In Christ we discover what love is not.
EXAMPLE: I always laugh when the world tries to define what Christianity is for us. Recently Presidential candidate Senator Rick Santorum was bludgeoned by the mainstream media for a comment he made concerning President Obama’s extreme environmental views. They tried desperately to persuade listeners to think Santorum was making a comment about the President’s faith. No one who actually heard the comment in its context could make such an absurd conclusion. Santorum was speaking about the President’s theology of radical environmentalism. Contrary to what the media would try to persuade you to believe, Christianity is not based on what we feel about Jesus, it is based on what Jesus taught and at its core is the fact that a person can only claim being a Christian after they have confessed their sinful condition and placed their faith and trust in Christ himself. Like societies redefinition of love, the Christian faith is not based on selfish emotionalism. And this morning, we have learned from Paul what love is not.

Conclusion:
We have discovered what love is and we discovered what love is not!
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Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

Pastor Lee Hemen has been the outspoken pastor of the same church for 25 years in Vancouver, WA. He writes regularly on spirituality and conservative causes and maintains several web blogs. This article is copyrighted © 2012 by Lee Hemen and is the sole property of Lee Hemen, and may not be used unless you quote the entire article and have my permission.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

1 John 4:10-12 – This is love!

1 John 4:10-12 – This is love!
By Pastor Lee Hemen
February 12, 2012 AM

What does it mean to have a servant’s heart? It is more than good intentions or having a strong desire, it is an eagerness to act no matter the cost to yourself because at its core is the willingness to sacrifice. Jesus teaches us firsthand what it means when he related that “the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45 NIV) Paul wrote that “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus…but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant!” (Philippians 2:5, 7 NIV) There is a greater concern for self-fulfillment in today’s Christianity than there is in self-sacrifice. A servant’s heart comes from loving the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and loving our neighbor as ourselves! This is a servant’s heart! This is love!

In the few verses we will take a look at this morning we are astounded when John defines for us exactly what love is for the believer. Let’s take a look at what John wrote concerning this is love…

READ: 1 John 4:10-12

One day, during a short break from construction work, he picked up a scrap of paper and while seated upon an empty lemon crate, Fredrick Lehman began to write a hymn. The third stanza had been garnered from the Jewish poem, written by a Jewish German Cantor in 1050 AD, that had so impacted Lehman after he first heard it, that he decided to write a hymn incorporating the words.

The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.

Refrain:
Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure—
The saints’ and angels’ song.

When hoary time shall pass away,
And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
When men who here refuse to pray,
On rocks and hills and mountains call,
God’s love so sure, shall still endure,
All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—
The saints’ and angels’ song.

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.

John would tell us…

I. This is love, not that we love God! (v. 10)
1. The ungodly only want God’s love when it benefits them!
1) John makes it clear what unconditional love; a love that cannot be matched in worldly today terms is all about, namely, “not that we love God, but that he loved us!” It is a love that is antecedent to the love of his people; it existed when theirs did not; when in fact they were without any love for him at all and were his enemies! Paul tells us that, “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.” (Colossians 1:21 NIV) He reminds us that, “As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.” (Ephesians 2:1-2 NIV) So little did we care about God’s love that “we were by nature objects of [his] wrath!” (v. 2:3) Paul goes on to explain this mystery and how we really did not give a hoot about it when he writes, “But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions--it is by grace you have been saved.” (Ephesians 2:4-5 NIV) “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.” (1 John 4:9 NIV) The wonderful good news is that God “sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” while we did not care, would not care, could not care! This is love, not that we loved God!
EXAMPLE: David McCasland writes for Our Daily Bread about a friend of his whom “described his grandmother as one of the greatest influences in his life. Throughout his adult years, he has kept her portrait next to his desk to remind himself of her unconditional love. ‘I really do believe,’ he said, ‘that she helped me learn how to love.’ Not everyone has had a similar taste of human love, but through Christ each of us can experience being well-loved by God. In 1 John 4, the word love occurs 27 times, and God’s love through Christ is cited as the source of our love for God and for others.” This is love, not that we loved God! (Adapted from “Well-loved” by David McCasland, Our Daily Bread, December 5, 2011)

We all want the love of another, but it is often far more difficult to return that love in some tangible way. We are selfish critters by nature and only look out for our own best interests. From the womb to the tomb we often live each day looking for only what is best for ourselves. Far too often our motto is, “What’s in it for me?” So when John writes us about what God’s love is all about and how we know God’s love, we discover that…

II. This is love that we ought to love one another! (v. 11)
1. How you love a fellow believer says a lot about your faith!
1) “Beloved”, which is the wording that John uses, since we who were once the objects of God’s wrath have now experienced for ourselves his grace and mercy, and we are his “beloved”, we should therefore “love one another!” This follows the same Old Testament ideal set forth in the Shema to “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5 NIV) and to “love your neighbor as yourself.” (Leviticus 19:18 NIV) These were later reaffirmed by Jesus in Matthew 22:37, 39 and Mark 12:30-31 as the two greatest commands of God whereby all other commands derived. God’s love for us should be our grand motive to love others, especially fellow believers! We should love one another for God’s sake since he first loved us (v. 19), the notion here is one of continual love! In other words our love is not to be conditional on whether we have experienced or received any benefit from the other person, the admonishment is only that they are fellow Christians! If you dear warrior of the Lord who were once in sin have experienced the saving love of God you must, no matter what, love your fellow soldiers! Jesus stated, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35 NIV) This is love that we ought to love one another!
EXMAPLE: One of the biggest problems the world has with Christianity is how Christians treat their own. People who study sharks tell us that they are most likely to attack when they sense blood in the water. The blood acts as a trigger to their feeding mechanism and they attack, often in a group, creating a deadly feeding frenzy. Blood in the water marks the vulnerability of the target. Sadly, this is sometimes how people in the church respond to those who are hurting. Instead of being a community where people are loved, cared for, and nurtured, it can become a dangerous environment where predators are looking for the “blood in the water” of someone’s failings or faults. And then the feeding frenzy is on. Instead of kicking people when they are down, we should be offering the encouragement of Christ by helping to restore the fallen. Of course, we’re not to condone sinful behavior, but this is love that we ought to love one another! (Adapted from “Feeding Frenzy” by Bill Cowder, Our Daily Bread, January 28, 2012)

It is easy for the world to say, “I love you man!” but only mean it for the momentary emotional minute. True Godly love comes from the inner being of a person who has been so dramatically spiritually changed that their whole being is different towards others. Continuing the thought he had just presented, John continues his ideas on what love truly is for the Christian. He tells us that…

III. This is love that his love is made complete in us! (v. 12)
1. Love is completed when we are changed!
1) Missouri is known as the “show me State.” Sometimes it seems as if the entire rest of the world has adopted this slogan for their own when it concerns their spirituality. However, this is impossible unless you are willing to accept the testimony of others, because “faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see!” (Hebrews 11:1 NIV) In fact, John bluntly remarks that “No one has ever seen God.” Certainly Moses got a whiff of God’s glory as he passed by him, but even he was not allowed to actually see God. No unholy human could withstand the holy presence of God. Yet, John remarks that we can know for sure if God lives in us “if we love one another” because of the inner change that has occurred. John would clarify this by writing, “We know that we live in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit” (v. 13), this is how God’s “love is made complete in us!” We can love others who are hard to love because his love lives in us through his presence. Later John would declare, “If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.” (1 John 4:20 NIV) You cannot say you love God who is love and then hate your fellow spiritual sibling in the Lord! If you do there are only two possible certainties: Either you are a liar or God is. John says you are the liar. Dear child, God’s love so changes our human condition from the inside out that we can now love those whom we could not beforehand! This is love that his love is made complete in us!
EXAMPLE: Years ago, Ruth Bell Graham, wife of evangelist Billy Graham, saw a sign by the road: “End of Construction—Thank you for your patience.” Smiling, she remarked that she wanted those words on her gravestone. After her death in June 2007, her desire was carried out. Her grave marker bears the Chinese character for righteousness (Mrs. Graham was born in China), followed by the words that made her smile. You know what, today we are in a “construction zone” and while God may not be finished with us yet, this is love that his love is made complete in us! (Adapted from “End of Construction” by David McCasland, Our Daily Bread, September 14, 2008)

Conclusion:
This is love, not that we loved God! This is love that we ought to love one another! This is love that his love is made complete in us!
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Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

Pastor Lee Hemen has been the outspoken pastor of the same church for 25 years in Vancouver, WA. He writes regularly on spirituality and conservative causes and maintains several web blogs. This article is copyrighted © 2012 by Lee Hemen and is the sole property of Lee Hemen, and may not be used unless you quote the entire article and have my permission.

Sunday, February 05, 2012

John 3:13-18 – The love of God revealed!

John 3:13-18 – The love of God revealed!
By Pastor Lee Hemen
February 5, 2012 AM

The “Blind Men and the Elephant” is a fable that originated in India. It was translated into English in the 19th century as a poem by the writer John Godfrey Saxe. He incorrectly saw it as a means to warn against religious intolerance. Therefore, the story has become widely used in philosophy and religion classes to illustrate the need for either religious or cultural tolerance, thinking that we form our reality and belief system on our limited experiences. In other words, perhaps each religious faith only holds partial truths that make up one part of God. However, the original tale actually dealt with the spiritual blindness of the four individuals and how if blind men could not grasp the physical reality of an elephant they could touch, how are we, spiritually blind people, going to grasp a God whom we cannot see.

This brings up a very interesting notion. If people in our day and age have a distorted view of spiritual things, especially where it concerns the Bible, God, and Jesus Christ, how do Christians help them to see the truth? We live in a nation full of folks with the opinion that religion should be all about them and what many evangelical churches have taught for the past several decades has only added to the confusion. Many cater to the self-centered nature of the situation rather than teaching the truth of Scripture. Jesus dealt with a myopic spirituality as well. The Jews of his day thought that God only loved them and that he should respond to others the way they thought he should. It was a startling revelation when Jesus taught that God loved and desired a relationship with anyone who would come to him by faith. It was the love of God revealed, let’s discover how and what this means for us today.

READ: John 3:13-18

The Bible teaches us over and over that God’s ways are not our ways and his thoughts are not our thoughts, yet we quickly forget this truth. From Hollywood to television and into popular culture the media and mainstream desires to mold God into their image. They squeeze him into a bottle that he simply cannot fit into. The love of God is grander than our constraints and in fact we do not completely comprehend it. Jesus demonstrated this for us in that…

I. The love of God is revealed from heaven! (v. 13)
1. We only hear what we want to hear!
1) Jesus tried to speak to his listeners on a level they would understand, yet they deliberately refused to do so. He earlier told Nicodemus, “I tell you the truth, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony.” (v. 12) We find Jesus teaching his followers in parables so that only they would understand what he was instructing them. He warns, “He who has ears, let him hear.” (Matthew 13:9 NIV) When asked why, he tells them that he did it to fulfill the prophecy of Isaiah, “You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.” (Matthew 13:13-14 NIV) The idea of having “ears to hear” means being able to comprehend the spiritual truth Jesus was teaching. Now, dear adolescent of the Lord do you have ears to hear what I am talking about? This is why Jesus tells Nicodemus, “No one has ever gone into heaven” and then come back to earth and able to give clear teaching about divine matters, “except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man!” The Son of Man being a descriptive term for the Messiah. Jesus of course was referring to himself. Therefore, what we refused to comprehend or acknowledge has occurred, the love of God is revealed from heaven in Jesus Christ!
EXAMPLE: Cindy Kienow, who works at a popular restaurant in Hutchinson, Kansas, had been waiting on one of particular customer for 3 years. He always tipped her well, sometimes leaving as much as half the tab. Then, one day, he outdid himself—he gave her a $10,000 tip for a $26 meal! He told her, “I want you to know this is not a joke.” What an amazing display of radical generosity, however, an even more radical display was the love of God revealed from heaven!

No one had gone into heaven, but God was more than willing to come to earth! Now this is a rather radical and remarkable thing because mankind has constantly throughout history tried to reach up to the gods they create, but here in the pages of Scripture we discover that God through Jesus has reached down to mankind. In fact, God did something so extraordinary and so wonderful that it is hard for many of us to grasp. We discover that…

II. The love of God is revealed through the death of his Son! (Vv. 14-16)
1. Sacrifice is at the heart of God’s love!
1) When we think of love in our day and age we filter it through our experiences and what we are constantly taught. Love for us means something quite different from what Jesus meant here. The idea of love here is one of sacrifice. The amazing thing is God did not have to do what he did he did it because of his grace. We equate love with emotion. We think it is dependent upon need or yearning, yet the Bible tells us that God is sufficient in of himself. He needs nothing else, including fellowship. Now think about this for a moment my Biblical Buckaroo. If we know that God is all powerful, all knowing, all holy, everywhere all the time, then why would we ever think he is insecure? Contrary to what some would have you think, God does not need your praise or your friendship because he is lonely or in need! We find that God sent his Son to be “lifted up” as a means of spiritual healing just as the brass snake was lifted up before the rebellious Jews in the wilderness so that if they were willing to look at it and trust in God to heal them, they would be saved. (Numbers 24:4-9) And God did it for our faith and trust in him because, “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life.” (John 3:14-15 NIV) However, behind this wonderful truth is a horrible reality: God’s Son would willingly die for us on a cruel cross that would be lifted up! “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16 NIV) The love of God is revealed through the death of his Son!
EXAMPLE: The story is told of a young preacher named Augustus Toplady, who was taking a walk through the English countryside when a sudden storm swept across the landscape. Toplady spotted a wide rock formation with an opening—a cleft—where he sought shelter until the storm passed. As he sat out the deluge, he contemplated the connection between his shelter and God’s love. He had no paper to write on but found a playing card on the floor of the cave-like structure and began to write the words to the beloved hymn “Rock of Ages.” Written on that stormy day in 1775, this hymn has been a source of strength for Christians ever since.

Rock of ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy wounded side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure,
Save from wrath and make me pure.

The love of God is revealed through the death of his Son!

Sarcasm aside, most men want to emulate a leader who would ride into the enemy’s fire to save a fallen comrade! Women want a white knight that would gallantly ride in, scoop them up, and save them from the dragon’s teeth! Now you may think you are too jaded enough that you do not desire this in your life, but deep within the human heart there is a yearning for nobility and salvation, for sacrifice and honor. Let me share with you a wonderful truth: Both of these things have come true and are yours for the asking. In fact, we discover that…

III. The love of God is revealed through our faith! (Vv. 17-18)
1. Faith cannot be earned, passed on, inherited, or given away by us or anyone!
1) “Consequently,” Paul would write that “faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17 NIV) What is the message? Namely, that “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” The word “perish”, in verse 16, does not mean annihilation or total destruction but rather a final destiny of “ruin” in hell apart from God. We learn that Jesus spoke vibrantly about the truth of eternal damnation for those who refuse to believe. It is startling for some sophisticates to realize that Jesus sternly warned his listeners, “I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.” (Luke 12:5 NIV) That one to fear that Jesus spoke of was God who loved the world! Yet God also tells us that “I take no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Sovereign Lord. Repent and live!” (Ezekiel 18:32 NIV) The truth is that he desires everyone be saved! In fact it “pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:3b-4 NIV) It is a truth that mystifies scholars and confounds common folk. You cannot be good enough, do enough, or wish it to be so enough because it is the simple truth, dear child, that “Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.” (John 3:18 NIV) The choice is yours. The love of God is revealed through our faith!
EXAMPLE: I read a story about a believer who was invited to a dinner party where he was seated next to a belligerent unbeliever who delighted in taunting Christians. Throughout the evening, the man baited him mercilessly about the evils of Christendom throughout the ages. With each insult, the Christian calmly replied, “That’s an interesting point of view.” And then he asked a question that revealed genuine interest in the man and deflected the discussion away from the issue that divided them. As the two were walking out the door at the end of the evening, the man fired a final jab, at which point the believer put his arm around the other man’s shoulders and chuckled. “My friend,” he said, “all night long you’ve been trying to talk to me about religion. Are you a religious nut?” The man’s animosity dissolved in a burst of laughter and then in sobriety, for he was indeed a religious nut. All human beings are. We’re insatiably and incurably religious—hounded by the relentless love of God, though we may try to keep him away. (Edited from a story by David H. Roper, RBC Ministries, Daily Bread, June 11, 2009) The love of God is revealed through our faith!

Conclusion:
The love of God is revealed from heaven, the love of God is revealed through the death of his Son and the love of God is revealed through our faith! Do you know the love of God in your life?
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Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 Biblica. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

Pastor Lee Hemen has been the outspoken pastor of the same church for 25 years in Vancouver, WA. He writes regularly on spirituality and conservative causes and maintains several web blogs. This article is copyrighted © 2012 by Lee Hemen and is the sole property of Lee Hemen, and may not be used unless you quote the entire article and have my permission.