Sunday April 13, 2014 – Loving others is difficult sometimes, especially loving others whose actions are not lovable. We are to follow Jesus’ command and love and forgive those who ask and remember to love those who deserve it the least.
When someone breaks the rules, there’s a time to deal with it, but then there’s a time to drop it and get over it and move past it. Let’s just love each other in the grace and goodness of the Lord. – Pastor Dwayne Terry
The Bridge That Love Builds
Bridges, Part 03
1 John 4:20 – 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.
John 13:35 – By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
Colossians 2:2 – My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love…
symbibazō – to cause to coalesce, to join together, put together, to unite or knit together: in affection
• Love changes rules.
1 Samuel 18:1-4 – After David had finished talking with Saul, Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself. 2 From that day Saul kept David with him and did not let him return home to his family. 3 And Jonathan made a covenant with David because he loved him as himself. 4 Jonathan took off the robe he was wearing and gave it to David, along with his tunic, and even his sword, his bow and his belt.
1 Samuel 20:41-42 – …David got up from the south side of the stone and bowed down before Jonathan three times, with his face to the ground. Then they kissed each other and wept together–but David wept the most. 42 Jonathan said to David, “Go in peace, for we have sworn friendship with each other in the name of the LORD, saying, ‘The LORD is witness between you and me, and between your descendants and my descendants forever.’ ” Then David left, and Jonathan went back to the town.
2 Samuel 9:3, 8, 13 – The king asked, “Is there no one still alive from the house of Saul to whom I can show God’s kindness?” Ziba answered the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is lame in both feet.” … 8 Mephibosheth bowed down and said, “What is your
servant, that you should notice a dead dog like me?” … 13 And
Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, because he always ate at the king’s table; he was lame in both feet.
Luke 14:5 (NLT) – Then he turned to them and asked, “Which of you doesn’t work on the Sabbath? If your son or your cow falls into a pit, don’t you proceed at once to get him out?”
• Base your rules on love.
1 Peter 4:8 – Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers
over a multitude of sins.
• Forgive those who are sorry they broke the rules.
2 Corinthians 2:6-7 – The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient. 7 Now instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.
• Love most those that deserve it least.
Matthew 5:43-44 – “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,