God is Love | 6.11.23 | Sunday AM | On Fire Christian Church

God is Love

  1. “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” I John‬ ‭4‬:‭7‬-‭8‬ ‭NKJV‬‬‬‬‬‬
    1. This statement that we should love does not mean we wink at sinners and accept the perversions of man
    2. Our loving God who is love deals with unrepentant sinners
    3. “God is a just judge, And God is angry with the wicked every day. If he does not turn back, He will sharpen His sword; He bends His bow and makes it ready. He also prepares for Himself instruments of death; He makes His arrows into fiery shafts. Behold, the wicked brings forth iniquity; Yes, he conceives trouble and brings forth falsehood. He made a pit and dug it out, And has fallen into the ditch which he made. His trouble shall return upon his own head, And his violent dealing shall come down on his own crown.” Psalms‬ ‭7‬:‭11‬-‭16‬ ‬‬‬
  1. God poured out that love upon all in Christ Jesus
    1. “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”. Romans‬ ‭5‬:‭5‬ ‭NKJV‬‬‬‬‬
    2. Holy Spirit in us now submerges us into love. Since God is Love a believers longing becomes consumed with that love
    3. The pursuit of a believer is God who is love
  1. The love of God toward you is like the Amazon River flowing down to water a single daisy. –
    1. “The sin underneath all our sins is to trust the lie of the serpent that we cannot trust the love and grace of Christ and must take matters into our own hands”
    2. We can fully embrace God’s love only when we recognize how completely unworthy of it we are.”
    3. “There will always be someone willing to hurt you, put you down, gossip about you, belittle your accomplishments and judge your soul. It is a fact that we all must face. However, if you realize that God is a best friend that stands beside you when others cast stones you will never be afraid, never feel worthless and never feel alone.”
    4. “Though we are incomplete, God loves us completely. Though we are imperfect, He loves us perfectly. Though we may feel lost and without compass, God’s love encompasses us completely. … He loves every one of us, even those who are flawed, rejected, awkward, sorrowful, or broken.”
    5. “We should be astonished at the goodness of God, stunned that He should bother to call us by name, our mouths wide open at His love, bewildered that at this very moment we are standing on holy ground.”
    6. “Legalism says God will love us if we change. The gospel says God will change us because He loves us.”
    7. “Trusting God’s grace means trusting God’s love for us rather than our love for God. […] Therefore our prayers should consist mainly of rousing our awareness of God’s love for us rather than trying to rouse God’s awareness of our love for him, like the priests of Baal on Mount Caramel
  1. A healthy believer longs for Gods love like water
    1. Drown me in your love
    2. In order to enjoy His love one must be made righteous
    3. “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” II Corinthians‬ ‭5‬:‭21‬ ‭‬‬‬
    4. Love is like water is because you cannot live without it
    5. Humans can go 3 days without water
    1. As believers we cannot go without God’s love
  1. Go without water and you will die
    1. A believer go without God and his essence of love and they will die
    2. No vitality, no life , no spiritual fervor
    3. “As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. Psalms‬ ‭42‬:‭1‬-‭2‬ ‭NKJV‬‬‬‬‬‬
    4. “O God, You are my God; Early will I seek You; My soul thirsts for You; My flesh longs for You In a dry and thirsty land Where there is no water. So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory.” Psalms‬ ‭63‬:‭1‬-‭2‬‬‬‬
  1. ‭We need God who is love‬
    1. As believers we must be captivated by His love. That is what brings life to our souls and healing to a world
    2. When you are captivated by Gods love the manifestation of that love will come out of you by loving others and by obeying God’s commandments
    3. Swim in His love by the presence of Holy Spirit

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