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Authentic Love – UpOut | Tuesday, 27 October, 2009

So i’m preaching this sunday at church. i am really excited about the opportunity to portray God’s love and truth to people. i will be speaking about the relationship between God and personal individuals and how that relationship affects the relationship between people.

i’ll be speaking from deuteronomy 6.4 – 9 and luke 10.26-28

deuteronomy 6.4-9 reads like this from The Message translation:

4 Attention, Israel! God, our God! God the one and only! 5 Love God, your God, with your whole heart: love him with all that’s in you, love him with all you’ve got! 6-9 Write these commandments that I’ve given you today on your hearts. Get them inside of you and then get them inside your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning to when you fall into bed at night. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder; inscribe them on the doorposts of your homes and on your city gates.

And Luke 10. 26-28 reads like this from The Message:

26He answered, “What’s written in God’s Law? How do you interpret it?”
27He said, “That you love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and muscle and
intelligence—and that you love your neighbor as well as you do yourself.”
28“Good answer!” said Jesus. “Do it and you’ll live.”

Two interesting points i want to bring out for food for thought today: first, we see in both of these passages that the relationship with God comes before the relationship with man. God makes a point to say “love the Lord your God with everything FIRST and then SECONDLY you can love your neighbor. And this brings me to a question i pose to you: can we truly Godly love people if we do not first and foremost, love God?

Secondly, in the first passage (Deut. 6.4-9), God calls attention to ALL ISRAEL. Not just one person, or one family or one church for that matter. But God calls out to a community of people. A community of people to truly care about and to walk alongside each other as they live. This includes the second passage as well (luke 10.26-28). In the NT, Christ wasn’t just talking to the Jews, who were the chosen people. Christ came for both the Jews and the Gentiles. That barrier between the two is now gone. Christ has demolished it and proclaims that you are to love every neighbor, not just the Jews. When jesus was being asked this question, their “neighborhood” wasn’t like it is today. They weren’t always 200 feet away  or just a skip across a dusty ol’ bridge and your at your buddies house. Some people lived multiple miles away from one another. So their definition of “neighbor” isn’t the same as ours. Jesus taught to love people regardless of how far they lived from you. This idea of “neighbor” was more a wake up call for them. This brings me to my second question: how often do we allow distance or unknowns about a person or persons to keep us from truly loving them the way Christ taught us in this passage?

i’m gonna leave you with a question b/c i’ve found for me, questions make me take a step back at my life and see exactly what i’m living for.

Are you loving people with the overflow that comes out of your love for God and your relationship with God?

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3 Comments »

  1. looking forward to hearing more. the question that seems to rock me is how unknowns and distance affect my love for others. knowledge is power and everyone has a story. if we listen to people, know more about them, love and compassion often follow.

    looks like you’re off to a great start.

    Comment by christy — Tuesday, 27 October, 2009 @ 11.00 pm

  2. I love those verses from Deuteronomy! I especially thought a lot about them when we were raising our kids. They tell me not to SEGMENT God…not to separate or “save” Him for church on Sunday. But instead to make Him a part of everyday, normal life….cleaning the house, eating meals, going about our daily routine. That’s what helps me love others, too, I think is trying to first stay connected to God, and not allow the busyness of life to take Him out of the picture.

    And I loved what Christy shared…the importance of listening, and really HEARING the people around us. It is also WAY too easy to unintentionally STOP listening (or hearing!).

    Both relationships need intentional thought and action to be even remotely successful.

    Good thoughts….looking forward to it!

    Comment by LisaS — Wednesday, 28 October, 2009 @ 12.45 pm

  3. God is love.
    No God…I mean the one, true God…then, no love.
    God’s Holy word reminds me how getting to know “Who” loves me creates a desire to share His love. I love it that He knows my passions and uses them to love others in His name. If each day, we chose to “honor” Him above all else— I don’t think our neighbors could help but see Jesus reflected inside and out through our attitudes and actions. Attitudes are reflections of the heart and actions mirror what we honor as most precious to us. Isn’t it amazing that He modeled this love for us through His Son, Jesus. If only we valued and demonstrated God’s love in the relational way He shows us in His word!

    That our hearts would crave knowing Him and humbly cry out for His courage to share the journey as we go!

    Oh, how HE loves…help me be willing to listen, learn, and obey.

    RAW

    Comment by Robin Wutke — Wednesday, 28 October, 2009 @ 10.40 pm


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