This week's message is Choosing Love. Choose your connection speed to listen: dialup - broadband - transcript
What Is Love?
The movie script writers, musicians, and other leaders of today's society would have us believe love is something we can't control; it just happens to us, or it doesn't.
But what does God say about love? Isn't he the one who created love, and, in fact, isn't he the very essence of love? And knowing he is, should we be going somewhere else for our definition of love?
Today we explore this issue, and ponder the question: Is love a feeling or a choice? Is love a one-time choice? And what is God's will and desire for what love choices we make?
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Making The Choice
As we discovered in today's exploration of Scripture, love is a choice. Not only is love a choice, love is a daily choice. Every day, even every moment of every day, do we make the choice to love God or to follow after our own desires which are contrary to true, eternal love?
Of course the correct answer seems obvious. But does our response reflect our knowledge?
Jesus told us, "Whatever you do or don't do unto the least of these, you do or don't do unto me." We all have daily decisions to love God or follow our flesh, and many times that decision involves showing God's love to those around us.
The most seemingly hopeless sinner you can call to mind is the object of God's burning, passionate desire, and he longs to have a deep, personal, intimate relationship with them. And to truly love God, we must look past the outer appearance and see deeper, seeking to see more like God sees, and seeing them right where they are.
God didn't wait for us to come to him. Long before we came to Jesus, his Holy Spirit came to us and was drawing us, preparing us, calling us to come. And as the hands and feet of Jesus, we must not wait for them to come to us — we must go to them.
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