Monday, November 14, 2011

The Morning After: Authentic Love (1 Thessalonians 4:9-12)

This was a great week. Sunday was a great Sunday. That is because I was able to teach on what it means for the body of Christ to love one another. In Paul's letter to the Thessalonians, he tells them that they are doing a good job of loving one another, but that they should still increase more and more in it. Christians, we never come to a place where we should be satisfied in our love for each other.

The love that Paul talks about is philadelphia love. It is brotherly love. It is the kind of love that a person would have for their family. Jesus says in Luke 8:19-21 that those who obey God is His family. When we are saved, we are placed into the Body of Christ. Another way of saying that is that we now have a new family. A spiritual family. The church should not be just one among many groups a Christian gathers with, it should be THE group it gathers with. It is so much more than the Kiwanis Club or the Boy Scouts. It is family.

There were so many ways to take this message, but what I decided to do in this sermon was to be really practical. We have all heard sermons telling us why we should love one another. I decided to take the bulk of my time and give examples of things we can do in order to show that we love one another. But listen, if these things ever become a list that we check off, the point has completely been missed. This is about the heart behind taking care of your family.

Here was my list of 20 Practical Ways To Show Someone You Love Them.
  1. Send an encouragement card
  2. Invite them for dinner to your house
  3. Take them a dinner
  4. Help someone move
  5. Confront their sin
  6. Pray for them
  7. Follow-up with their prayer requests
  8. Open up your life to them
  9. Genuinely listen to them
  10. Ask them questions about their life
  11. Send an encouragement text message or email
  12. Call them to see how they are doing
  13. Watch their kids for free so they can get a night away
  14. Help with a project around their house
  15. Greet them kindly
  16. Speak Scripture to them
  17. Send them an anonymous gift
  18. Tell them you care for them
  19. Think highly of them
  20. Forgive them when they sin against you.
If you want to hear them all explained, the audio is usually uploaded by Tuesday afternoon. You can find it HERE.

What are some other ways you come up with that you can do to show someone you love them?

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