|TODAY IN THE WORD|
Monday Dec 10, 2018
We love our children, and the Seahawks, and Gary Sinese, and elk salami. What do we really mean by the word “love”? Welcome to the Word with Pastor David.John offers some definitions of ‘love’ in his letter titled I John. 4:9-10 and 16 reads:
“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins…and so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love…”
The primary thing John wants to get across to his church in this passage is that love starts with God. God’s love initiates. God loves us first. God sent Jesus to us to show us his love. He made the first move.
In a dating relationship, many times a woman can gain a sense of security in the new romance because the guy made the first move. He stuck his neck out and declared his interest. He says, ‘I choose you.’ John says we can rely on our relationship with God because he made the first move. He declared his interest in us through the sending of Jesus to humankind.
So, John’s first definition of love is that God loves us first in Jesus, so we rely on his love.
And that’s the Word from Deer Lodge Assembly on the corner of 5th and Montana.
Tuesday Dec 11, 2018
What would the guy called the Beloved Disciple tell us are the definitions of real love? Welcome to the Word with Pastor David. John the Beloved tells us In I John 3:1-3:
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!...Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. All who have this hope in him purify themselves…”
What a rich word of God’s love—he lavishes us with his love! He loves us so much he invites us to become his kids! And so, Christ-followers are God’s children, but we are not yet done ‘becoming.’ We seek to be more like Jesus’ character, looking forward to that final day when God will finish the job.
Have you ever seen a younger borther imitate his older brother? We do not seek to be more like Jesus so we can someday join his family. It is because we have been loved and brought into his family that we seek to be more like our big brother-Jesus!
God lavished his love on us to make us more like Jesus.
And that’s the Word from David Baker of Deer Lodge Assembly on the corner of 5th and Montana.
Wednesday Dec 12, 2018
What would John who was called the Beloved Disciple tell us are the definitions of real love toward God? Welcome to the Word with Pastor David. John tells us In I John 2:3-6:
“We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him…”
I know lots of folks who say rather quickly—‘sure, I love God. Who doesn’t?’ Yet John claims that actual love of God is more than a verbal nod of assent. We have got to obey the commands of the one we say we love.
This is perhaps easiest seen in the parent-child relationship. Dad says, ‘If you love me, then you will do what I ask of you.’ When we are young, if we love and respect our folks, we trust that the instruction they give us is for our good. We follow, not because we have figured life all out, but because we sense our parent’s love and our response of love is to follow their lead.
It is a biblical truth: Obeying God’s commands shows our love for God.
And that’s the Word from Pastor David of Deer Lodge Assembly. Join our Wednesday adult Bible Study at 6:30 for more of the Word.
Thursday Dec 13, 2018
What would be the most effective way to chill our love for God? Welcome to the Word with Pastor David. The Apostle called John the Beloved writes in I John 2:15-16:
“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.”
John is saying that the fastest way to chill one’s love relationship with God is to ‘love the world.’ What does he mean by ‘love the world?’ He describes ’love of the world’ by the ‘Big Three.’ They could be explained as:
· ‘Lust of the flesh:” Letting our body dictate what we will do. This applies to many kinds of addictions, sexual infidelity, and gluttony. If it feels good, why not do it?
· ‘Lust of the eyes:’ If it looks good, take it. Starting with Adam and Eve, we can be led by envy and greed. We see it and we want it.
· And, If it makes us look good, it must be OK. The ‘pride of life’ is rooted in narcissism. We see ourselves as the center of the universe. This was Satans’ first sin, and we have been copying him ever since.
That is what loving the world means, and if we love the world, we drive out the love of God.
And that is the Word from Deer Lodge Assembly on the corner of 5th and Montana.
Friday Dec 14, 2018
Welcome to The Word with Pastor David. We have been listening to the Beloved Apostle John tell us the definitions of love all week from his letter titled, I John. What love looks like can be found in I John 4:11-12:
“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”
God loved us first. We can pass that rich love along to others in our life. God may be hard to picture sometimes, but John is telling us that when we love other people, we start looking more like the God who loved us in the first place. The more we love others, the better they are able to see what God’s kind of perfect love looks like.
Isn’t amazing to consider that our hunt for the true definition of love would bring us full-circle back to God’s love that was sent toward us in the first place? And is it not a further point worth pondering that when we pass God’s love along to others, we give them the best chance at knowing true love as well?
And that’s the Word. You can enjoy more of the Word this Sunday at 10:45 at Deer Lodge Assembly on the corner of 5th and Montana.