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Rescuing Love From the Grey

February 19th, 2015 4 comments

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On Valentine’s Day, America reached an all-time low in popular culture perversion with the release of the pornographic, sadomasochistic movie Fifty Shades of Grey. Perhaps it serves as a prophetic picture of the ever-deepening fog surrounding modern conceptions of love and romance. God never intended to leave us groping in the murky shadows of grey, especially when it comes to such critical issues as love, sex and romance.

I have Christian friends who believe the “spiritually mature” actually live in the sophisticated, enlightened world of grey. Black and white thinking, the kind that draws clear lines between good and evil, is really a sign of haughtiness and narrow-mindedness. We all know, they argue, that the real world is mostly painted with various shades of grey. The general conclusion is something like this – “So shut up and quit judging people. Just love everyone. It might be right for them. We are all on our own journey.” Ad nauseam.

While life certainly has some grey hues, God has none! He is clothed in unapproachable light (I Timothy 6:16). He has no shadows (James 1:17); no grey, contour less lines. He is light and in Him is no darkness (I John 1:5).

Where God has chosen to speak, there remains no darkness.

The good news is that God has a lot to say about true LOVE.

The Apostle Paul shines God’s clear light on LOVE  in I Corinthians 13, a chapter that has become well known as “The Love Chapter.”

I want us to focus specifically on verse 7:

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
I Corinthians 13:7, ESV

I love the rendering in the Amplified version: Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fade less under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].

First of all, notice that all four of the main verbs in this verse are present tense, meaning these qualities should become part of our lifestyle.

In addition, notice the repetition of the phrase “all things.” These four characteristics of what I am calling “Daring Love” cover every situation or circumstance we will encounter in life.

And the best news of all is that LOVE, real love, reigns victorious over every situation.

In the days to come, we’ll take a look at each of these phrases in an effort to pull LOVE from the world’s fifty shades of grey.

Daring Love: Pursue It!

February 16th, 2015 No comments

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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.