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Daring Love: Pursue It!

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I recently began an exciting sermon series called Daring Love. Christ’s love is daring – it’s bold and courageous; it’s fearless and adventurous.

It’s also supernatural. It’s beyond the grasp of human effort and willpower. To love like Jesus, we must allow Him to transform our hearts and to empower us with His Holy Spirit.

The good news is that he loves to transform our hearts and to invite us to enjoy and share His daring love with others!

The Bible commands us to “Pursue love…” [I Corinthians 14:1a]

That’s a strange command isn’t it? In our culture, love is something that happens to you, not something you go after. Love is a noun, not a verb. Love is a feeling, not an action. So this command seems a bit odd at first.

God is telling us if we want to experience His love, it’s something that requires intentional effort on our part. This word “pursue” in the Greek means to aggressively chase, like a hunter pursuing a catch (prize). And this chase is not casual, rather it suggests a pursuit with all haste, earnestly desiring to overtake that which you are pursuing.

So Paul is telling us to earnestly, passionately chase after love until to catch it!

And our pursuit is critical because Daring Love inspires others to love boldly and courageously. When we love like Jesus, it impacts those around us, calling them to action.

The Bible commands us to “consider one another in order to stir up love and good works.”
Hebrews 10:24, NKJV

Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. (NLT)

So in addition to pursuing love ourselves, we are called to motivate our brothers and sisters to commit daring acts of love!

This verb “stir up” means to stimulate, provoke, arouse and excite a person to action.

This is one of the reasons we are commanded to be a part of a local church. We can’t stir up love in others or stimulate good works while we sit at the kitchen table having our personal quiet time!
Love requires a family! You can’t do it alone.

How awesome would it be to be a part of a church family filled with believers who were bold and daring in their expression of love and good works?!

Be intentional today in your pursuit of love. Consider how you might motivate others to live a lifestyle of daring love for Christ and for others.

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