We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister. 1 John 4:19-21
The message series we’re in isn’t called “Do Love,” it’s called “Love Does” and there is a huge difference.
“Do Love” is how the average American Christian describes their walk with Jesus. It’s all about me doing this and doing that to prove to God that I am worthy of His love. I’ve been there and to be honest, it is my natural default mode. If I don’t renew my mind daily with a “Love Does” mindset, I’ll drift into the deadly mindset of “Do Love.”
“Do Love” is deadly because it carries with it a two subtle mindsets which are an affront to God:
- The “Shared Equity” Mindset: This thinking tells God, “What you did in the cross wasn’t enough to ransom my life, so I’m going to add to it with some ‘Sweat Equity.’ Between my good deeds and Jesus’ death, we will be good, and I’ll be ransomed.”
- The “Barter” Mindset: This thinking tells God, “Tell you what, I’ll prove to you I was worth Jesus going to the cross. I’ll love with my life, in my strength, and in exchange, you answer my prayers and give me a good life.”
This “Do Love” thinking is empty. It has no power to transform a life.
“Love Does” starts each day fighting to understand how in Christ, God’s love towards us is mind blowing. (I mean that literally – read for yourself in Ephesians 3:14-21.) “Love Does” invites God into our moments throughout the day, asking that His love overflows tangibly through us to others we interact with. By the way, want to renew your mind right now? Take five minutes and sit in this worship song called Reckless Love that is sweeping the world at the moment.
“Love Does” is what our faith is founded on and is the number one need on our Peninsula today.
Run from “Do Love” living, church; run towards Jesus and allow Him to transform you into a “Love Does” follower of His.
This weekend we will continue in the series looking how Love is Good News to the Poor. It’s going to be a great weekend at PCC!
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