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Avatar: Becoming God’s Love

1 Corinthians 12:1-3, 1 John

1 Corinthians 12:1-3
Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

  1. We are called to love others through practical love. (love’s hospitality and care)

    1 John 3:17
    But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?

  2. We are called to love others through redirective love. (love when it’s not deserved)

    Luke 6:27-31
    “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

  3. We are called to love others through representative love. (love like we’ve been loved)

    2 Corinthians 5:16-17
    From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Galatians 5:6
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.

Lessons to Live Out

  • It does not mean you have to condone everything a person does. It means loving them in spite of what they do.
  • It does not mean compromising the truth we have. It means loving others enough to share the truth of our hope.
  • It does not mean telling someone they need to be better to be accepted. It means loving someone broken while they learn to be fixed.