November 27, 2016 – “LOVE THAT LIVES” – Pastor Joe

The Apostle Paul tells us that three things will “last forever”.  Those three things are faith, hope, and love.  We have discussed both the faith and hope that lives over the past couple of weeks.  This morning, we are going to discuss love that lives.

For most of us, we love this time of year.  The holiday season seems to bring out the best in all of us.  It is a time when we get to celebrate the love of family and friends.  We see people going out of their way to be kind to others – even complete strangers.  There is an outpouring of generosity to those around us in need and we grow just a little more concerned about the welfare of our fellow man.  The holiday season is a time for us to reflect and truly give thanks for blessings we have been given.

I don’t have a problem with that.  In fact, I am grateful that we are still able to take appreciate those blessings.  Our society has promoted selfishness and it has taken root.  Self indulgence consumes our world.  Life seems to be more about what we can get out of it than what we can give out.  And I am grateful that society can still pull it all together, if even just for a couple of months, and be more concerned with others than with us.

“If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.” – 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

The ability to be living love is the greatest goal we can have.  Our lives would be wasted if we lived out all of the Christian duties and responsibilities without loving others.  My life would be a waste if I possessed all of the spiritual gifts but didn’t love others.

As Christians, we are a people of love.  We don’t pursue the religious things that would make us feel good our important or right with God.  We pursue being the love that God has for the world.

Let’s jump into today’s message and discover the love that lives!