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The Vine – God is Love: What is Your Reward?



Week II

Week I recap:

Phileo – Eros – Storge – Agape

What is Love?

What Biblical basis was put forth for the foundation of our definition/answer?

Matthew 5:43-48

"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Pretense: Doing what we are supposed to be doing.

OT: Love your neighbor and hate your enemy

Actuality: We react to our surroundings (people, places, things) with a collected acceptance of “the way things are.” Can you think of some examples?

i.e. listen to your mother, don’t eat with your mouth open, always say please and thank you, if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all

Jesus:

  • Love your enemies – Who or what are your enemies?

  • Pray for those who persecute you – What is persecution? How do you pray for someone that persecutes you? (Persecution means to wholly pursue someone or something)

Sons of your Father in heaven:

Romans 8:12-17

So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, "Abba! Father!" The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

Justice and everyday life: We encounter a life that seems at time to make little sense. When we are in a situation, often times it seems like God might not even care about our situation. Good things happen to bad people. Bad things happen to good people.

  • Fair - in accordance with the rules or standards; legitimate.

  • Just - based on or behaving according to what is morally right and fair.

Selfless, Sacrificial, Unconditional: The agape relationships in our lives. Mother, Father, Husband, Wife, Children, Siblings, etc (this Love is much rarer than most want to admit). It may be hard to feel brotherly love, erotic love, or even community love with those that we encounter agape with – however, it is more often than not very easy to reciprocate agape to those that offer it to us. Jesus says that most everyone can do this. When we Love (agape) those who Love (agape) us already, there is nothing gained from this interaction. It’s nice, it’s sweet, it is all that many will ever encounter. You can be happy here, but ultimately it does not cost us anything.

Greeting Others: It’s the recognition of your soul in another human being, knowing their past, their hurts, their pains, their joys, their history.

The Gift of Attention States This: If I look through you – I’m saying… I don’t need to know you. If I look past you – I’m saying… I’m too busy, I don’t have time for you. If I look down at you – I’m saying… I pity you and I feel sorry for you. If I look over you – I’m saying… I’m looking for someone more important to me than you. If I look away from you – I’m saying… I see you, but I don’t like what I see. But, if I stop and look inside you – I’m finally saying, I see you… I want to know how to love you.

LOVE BEYOND LOVE

If Love doesn’t cost you anything, is it real?

#equip #TheVineGodisLove

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