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Experience God's Love

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February 22, 2020
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Where are you getting your significance from? In this thought-provoking message; Leon shares how to fully experience the love of God.

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  • -ANNOUNCER: What would youchange in your life?
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  • - What if you could unleash themiraculous in your
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  • everyday life?
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  • - Experience freedom, live inpeace, change the world. Become
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  • Spirit Contemporary. Join LeonFontaine, world renowned
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  • conference speaker, seniorpastor of Canada's fastest
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  • growing church, and CEO ofCanada's only Christian TV
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  • station. Today, on THE SPIRITCONTEMPORARY LIFE.
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  • -LEON FONTAINE: You aredesigned to feel loved,
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  • valued, significant,and if you don't,
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  • you will look in all thewrong places to get it.
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  • -ANNOUNCER: In John 10:10, itsays that Jesus came to give us
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  • life, and life more abundantly.So, why is there such a
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  • disconnect between this biblicalpromise, and how most Christians
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  • live today? Why have so manybelievers become spiritually
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  • weak, and ineffective in sharingJesus' message of love? THE
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  • SPIRIT CONTEMPORARY LIFE is theanswer. It's being led by Holy
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  • Spirit, but in a contemporaryway. It's being Jesus, and
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  • demonstrating His love in wayspeople can understand and
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  • appreciate. Spirit Contemporaryis unique for everyone. It never
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  • compromises the truth, and itnever makes others feel
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  • uncomfortable. It's freeingyourself from religious
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  • constraints, and walking freelyin God's amazing grace, for His
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  • purpose. THE SPIRIT CONTEMPORARYLIFE is absolutely crucial if
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  • the global church and her peopleare going to change the world.
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  • - Later in the show, we'll tellyou how you can reserve your
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  • copy of today's resource. Enrichyour soul, and renew your mind
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  • with this timely series.
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  • - And now, from Calgary,Canada, pastor Leon Fontaine.
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  • -LEON: You know every day ofyour life. You are moving
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  • towards the person God designedyou to be here. You're getting
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  • stronger, happier or you'removing away from the person God
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  • has made you to be and you'llfeel locked up. You will
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  • literally feel hemmed in. You'llfeel stuck. And so many people
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  • struggle and don't know how towalk this life out with freedom,
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  • to walk was like out of the wayGod designed them to be. A lot
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  • of times they will begin to lookfor their problems and the
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  • hunting for all their negativeproblems because they think that
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  • solving your problems is gonnamake you more emotionally
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  • healthy but usually if you focuson all your negative problems,
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  • you end up more messed up thanyou were before, you know life's
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  • not complicated. In fact, FredRogers you know him he said the
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  • life is deep and simple. Whatsociety gives us is the shallow
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  • and complicated. We need tounderstand that when God made
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  • you, He designed you to be lovedby Him. And that this love would
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  • meet a need so deep that nothingelse would meet it. Now when I
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  • use the word love I mean valued.Because God loves you, might
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  • mean something to one person butit actually means value. God
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  • puts incredible value on you andyou can look for that value in
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  • your giftedness, you can lookfor that sense of feeling
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  • valued, feeling loved from yourspouse, you can look for this
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  • need in your children and peopleloving you and caring about you,
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  • there's just so many ways ofthis world yes when it comes to
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  • this emptiness of not knowingGod's love for them and not
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  • experiencing God's love forthem. You were designed to feel
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  • loved, valued, significant andif you don't you will look in
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  • all the wrong places to get it.You begin to go into pleasures.
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  • You might going to drugs, try toanesthetise the pain that you
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  • feel. Most people haven't got aclue as to why they feel so.
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  • Just out of sorts, they justfeel some stock. They just feel
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  • so and they can't control theemotional make up because one of
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  • the hugest issues is this issueof where do you get your
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  • significance from? What do youlook to for a sense of value?
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  • This world has nothing in itit's going to make you feel that
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  • way, only it can only come fromGod. There's a verse in the
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  • Bible that is just powerful andI want to read it to you from
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  • Ephesians 3. When I first wantedto learn how to pray properly
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  • because prayer is powerful.Prayer impacts countries. The
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  • Bible shows us that prayerimpacts homes, families, cities,
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  • situations but most people don'thave a price they just kind of
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  • pray begging, bugging, pleadingprayers and they learn from the
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  • Old Testament and very fewpeople have learned to release
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  • the power that is in prayerafter the cross when Jesus died
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  • on the cross and so what I didwas I went and I just found all
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  • of Paul's prayers. Wherever Paulwould pray in the New Testament
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  • I would find that prayer and Iwould just literally print it
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  • out and see what that prayer wasabout. Well there's a prayer
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  • that Paul always prayed inEphesians 3 and it's amazing
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  • here's what it says starting inverse 14. For this reason I bow
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  • my knees to the father of ourlord Jesus Christ from whom the
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  • whole family in heaven and earthis named that he would grant you
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  • according to the riches of hisglory to be strengthened with
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  • might, another version says,power. Through his spirit. In
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  • the inner man. This is a prayerfor power, a prayer for
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  • strength, a prayer that anchorsyou, solidifies you, brings your
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  • mind, your emotions, yourspirit, your physical body
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  • everything about you becomesjust powerful and here's what it
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  • is. It says and when it goes onthat Christ may dwell in your
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  • hearts through faith and thatyou would be rooted, grounded in
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  • love. I used to read that verseand go love, love, love, love,
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  • yeah we really love. But he'snot talking about a little love
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  • with a couple cupids bows andarrows make a guy fall in love
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  • with the girl. This love is thispowerful amazing love that it
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  • brings strength inside of you.It empowers you, it literally
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  • roots you, grounds you. You knowoutside of my parents' house in
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  • Selkirk, Manitoba. There wasthis humongous oak tree I mean
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  • it went way up on how high itwould go but the trunk just a
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  • massive and when the when wouldbegin to blow and all the leaves
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  • are on that tree can you imaginethe pressure. If a sail catches
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  • some wind and moves a boat thistree, I don't know what in the
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  • world to thing up when the windwould blow but it had to have
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  • roots soul deep that anchoredthat thing. If you want to know
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  • what anchors the human psyche.If you want to know what anchors
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  • you emotionally, relationally,spiritually, financially,
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  • physically, the anchor to yourlife is that you must have your
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  • roots deep in God's love. Nowthat word love it means a God's,
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  • it is a God sense of how muchyou value issue. You are
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  • valuable. This love is not thislittle, it is a love, it is a
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  • powerful force and if God islove then if you are anchored,
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  • rooted in here this is saying itmust be rooted and anchored in
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  • love then it says able tocomprehend with all the saints,
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  • the width, the length, the depthand the height to know the love
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  • of Christ which passes knowledgethat you may be filled with the
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  • fullness of God. This is alltalking about love. This value,
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  • this hour just secures you,anchors you. It literally does
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  • so much for you and then listento what the continuum is here.
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  • It says now to him who is ableto do exceedingly, abundantly
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  • above all that we ask or think,it says, according to the power
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  • that is at work in us. What'sthe power at work in us? Love.
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  • Love and Romans 5:5 says thelove of God is shed abroad in
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  • our heart by the Holy Spirit. Sothis love, this incredible power
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  • if you do not have your roots inthat, you will put your roots in
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  • something else. If you're sogood looking that it got you
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  • your job, gets you know yourspouse, gets you all the things
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  • then you've got the sense ofsignificance in your looks. If
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  • it's your talented, if you'vegot abilities and gifts, if
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  • you've got money, if you got apersuasive tongue most people
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  • have their roots of theirsignificance anchored in
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  • something other than the love ofGod and the problem with this is
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  • it's a counterfeit to what youreally need and where you draw
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  • your value, your love from ifit's not Jesus then it is a
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  • counterfeit love and it'll betoxic to your relationship
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  • because at some point that thingwill not feed you and anchor you
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  • into the strength and the peaceand the joy that only God's love
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  • can break. Somewhere in theirlife, you know at first, when a
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  • singer gets on a stage and thewhole crowd goes crazy. You hear
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  • them screaming for blocks fromthe stadium. It's one of the
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  • most intoxicating feelings thatsinger could ever have. The
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  • thing is though that they puttheir worth, their significance
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  • in that. And so every time theygo to a concert there's just and
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  • oh, man and they feed on that.They become confident, they
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  • become you know everywhere theygo you just sense this aura of
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  • incredible confidence becausethey got so much love. They've
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  • got so many people justscreaming you're valuable,
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  • you're loved but then theyrealized at some point every
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  • person who's on a stage acting,singing if you are at the top of
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  • your heap, they begin to realizeat some point in your life it
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  • might take a decade or 2 or 3,you begin to realize they don't
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  • love me. They love my gift. Andthere's a big difference between
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  • your gift and you. And so ifyou're not performing. You're
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  • not receiving the accolades, thesense of significance. You know
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  • you can get it from your spousefor a while but they have no
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  • ability to give you enough ofthis phenomenal powerful valuing
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  • love. There's no there's no waythey can give you what you need.
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  • Only God. And the most crucialthing for a Christian to do when
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  • they give their life to Christis to believe the love of God
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  • through God's word. As you beginto get into God's word, you will
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  • see you'll anchor this love inwhat Jesus did for you when he
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  • died on the cross, when he tookyours, when he took your
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  • punishment and the curse of thelaw and he rose a gain and gave
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  • you a new life when you begin tofollow Jesus and realize what he
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  • did for you. you begin tobelieve this love is love that
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  • is not believed is not felt. Andthen you must learn to
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  • experience this love every day.That's what it means in
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  • Ephesians 3 when it says to knowthe love of Christ. If you
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  • struggle in this area, take thisprayer in Ephesians 3:14 on and
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  • pray it over yourself every dayit will radically change you
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  • because you will begin to removeevery sense of significance and
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  • love and from the people and thethings and the gifts on the job
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  • in the career and you begin tojust put it on Christ. Now as
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  • you receive this incrediblepower. This calm, this peace,
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  • this ability to walk in thegifts and the things that you
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  • have now it flows in an evenmore powerful way. You know a
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  • continuum, when you look at thelast verse here it says now to
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  • him who is able to doexceedingly, abundantly above
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  • all that you can ask or think.When you go to Mark 4 I love the
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  • way the Amplified puts it therein verse 22 and on where it
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  • talks about when you allow God'sword, God's love to begin to
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  • impact your heart it says yourlife begins to flow and grow
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  • beyond anything you couldimagine, anything you could ask,
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  • anything you could think becauseeverywhere you go you're not
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  • looking. For your significance,you're not all looking to feel
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  • good about yourself, you're notlooking to rise up so people to
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  • see how gifted you are and howvaluable and all of those things
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  • because it just destroys you,it's toxic. Only the love of God
  • 00:13:59.989 --> 00:14:06.428
  • we must be rooted, we must begrounded in this love. Man was
  • 00:14:06.462 --> 00:14:12.835
  • created to be loved. God did notcreate him to do a function
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  • where he doesn't need love,doesn't need God. He was
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  • actually created to be loved byGod, you're in his family and so
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  • self worth where do you get yourself worth from? It was bestowed
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  • upon mankind. Honor. Worth.Love, value, significance, why
  • 00:14:32.388 --> 00:14:42.364
  • are you significant? Why are youvaluable? We have to go, I don't
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  • know, if it's not my gifting, ifit's not my looks, if it's not
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  • what I do for people where do Ifind it? It was bestowed upon
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  • you. Love is a gift and whenlove becomes anything else it's
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  • not a gift. If you raise kidsand you make them earn your
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  • love, you are creating them forincredible failure. If that son
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  • is receiving more love when hegets touchdowns or when he
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  • scores high, if that child isreceiving more love because of
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  • the marks on their report cardor because they clean their
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  • room, you must remove love fromwhat you used to train your
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  • children. Oh, man I stilltrained our kids, Sal and I, I
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  • mean you're going to clean yourroom. You're gonna be working.
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  • You're going to get marks atschool but it never affected the
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  • love. There are otherconsequences but never our love.
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  • When you use love or youunknowingly begin to use love so
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  • that kids begin to feel unlovedif they don't perform. You just
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  • raised, they're not understand,they are in a counterfeit love
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  • that is toxic and that man willgrow up always driven to succeed
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  • at the cost of his family, hishealth, his marriages, his
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  • grandkids everything because hejust needs that so bad. It's his
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  • sense of well being andsignificance and it's so off
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  • course you'll destroy everythingthat he loves. There are people
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  • who do not know what God's loveis and so therefore they don't
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  • know how to receive love andthey don't know how to give
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  • love. And so you are a personwho is stuck in this world,
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  • doing what you know but feelingso out of sorts. There's no
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  • strength deep in your inner man.When you are doing well with
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  • your giftedness, when you aredoing well with people there's a
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  • little bit of a sense ofachievement but it'll never last
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  • because nothing works. Yourroots in God's love is the only
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  • thing that will take you throughthe rest of your life, every
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  • season of life, everything thatyou do, every thing that attacks
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  • you when your roots are deep inthe love of God, there's a
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  • confidence that is something noperson, no skill, no giftedness
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  • could ever give you. When youlook at God's love you begin to
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  • recognize that mankind has aheart that is aching to be
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  • valued and to be loved but theydon't know by what. So they go
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  • after all these crazy things, ifyou try to please people. It'll
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  • work for a while there's no wayfor you to please people enough
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  • to get what you need deep on theinside. The Bible says also the
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  • fear of man is a snare. When youbegin to give your self worth,
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  • your significance of peoplearound you then you're always
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  • going to be doing what it takesto make them celebrate you which
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  • often to do the right thingmeans you don't do what
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  • everybody else wants. By the waythe crowd is rarely right. Show
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  • me one example in the Biblewhere the crowd was right.
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  • Almost never. When you begin toget rooted in God's love it is
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  • the only way you will have thewisdom to handle relationships
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  • situations, business situationbecause once you step out of
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  • this love walk and out of yourrootedness in Christ you then
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  • begin to depend upon otherthings. Now and I'll give you a
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  • quick example, does not meanthat I'm gonna let people walk
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  • all over me. Let's say that I'vegot a family member you know one
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  • of my brothers or sisters and Ilove them okay but their
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  • behavior is worrying me. WellI'm going to go into business
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  • with them. I'm not gonna let mykids. Well that's not love. No,
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  • love doesn't mean you givepeople what they want. The Bible
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  • says speak truth or walk intruth but in love. This ability
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  • to walk in love to speak thetruth in love, it causes you to
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  • act and to feel and to live onthis planet away the world has
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  • never seen before. You've got tobe rooted in this love. In
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  • Romans 5:5, this is the love ofGod is shed abroad in your
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  • heart. Where do you feel thelove of God? You don't feel it
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  • in your head. You feel it inyour heart. Now I'll give you an
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  • example and I'm gonna have tostop there. Your 5 senses you
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  • know if someone was to say toyou I love you. But you can't
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  • hear because some people aredeaf then you're not receiving
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  • or recognizing or experiencingthat love. If someone writes you
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  • a message. I love you so muchand explains how much they love
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  • you but you're blind and can'tsee then you can't experience
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  • their love being shown you. Youcan't experience that love you
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  • can see. If God's love is shedabroad in our heart, it is not
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  • shed abroad in our bodies, notshed abroad in our mind. God's
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  • love the shed abroad in yourheart which you've never taken
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  • the time to, the Bible says thatthis heart is the deepest center
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  • of your being but you shouldguard it, you should plant God's
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  • word, you should never allow itto get hard, you should never
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  • allow it to get slow, you shouldnever allow this, God does not
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  • look after your heart it is upto you and the heart is the
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  • control center of your life.It's deciding what your future
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  • is doing and so we must berooted and grounded in love. We
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  • must begin now begin to get intoGod's word, get out to church,
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  • get in some great teaching andbegin to feed yourself God's
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  • word. And as you do you becomeaware of your heart. Become
  • 00:20:36.318 --> 00:20:41.390
  • aware of God's love, you beginto know his love. Others might
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  • hate you. You might go through aperiod of everything that you
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  • think was yours gets lost but ifthis sense of love is God loves
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  • me, the creator of the universemade me placed me on this planet
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  • has a plan for my life, no oneelse can remove this love that
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  • He gives me. So Leon you don'tknow what I've done. Well
  • 00:21:05.747 --> 00:21:09.885
  • interestingly enough, yourbehavior doesn't change the love
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  • of God. You can't earn more loveby being good. I'll give you an
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  • example Jesus is 30 years ofage. Know the Bible is silent
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  • about him from age 12 to age 30.He appears on the scene when
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  • John the Baptist is baptizingpeople. John sees him and says
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  • behold the lamb of God whichtakes away the sin of the world
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  • and Jesus comes down and Johnbaptizes him. When he does I'm
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  • really making the store cuttinginto it. A voice comes out of
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  • heaven and God speaks and hesays this. Behold my loved son.
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  • Beloved son in whom I am wellpleased. Listen, Jesus hadn't
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  • done anything yet. Hadn't done amiracle, hasn't walked on the
  • 00:22:04.439 --> 00:22:09.444
  • water, hadn't raised the deadwidow's son, hadn't died on the
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  • cross. He hasn't done anythingyet. Yet the voice God says,
  • 00:22:13.115 --> 00:22:18.820
  • behold my son. I love him. AndI'm pleased with him. See if you
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  • could get past all the religiousmessages you've heard and the
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  • things that had been said,people understand and recognize
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  • that God is in love with you.God is well pleased with you. So
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  • Leon, what about my behavior?Well in your vertical
  • 00:22:36.304 --> 00:22:38.707
  • relationship between you andGod, Jesus is the one that
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  • secured that. Now in yourhorizontal relationship you will
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  • be messed up. What do I mean?Well if you're thief I'm not
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  • going to hire you to work forme. No one else will either. If
  • 00:22:50.085 --> 00:22:53.522
  • you're gonna punch people out noone 's going even let you in
  • 00:22:53.555 --> 00:22:56.391
  • their house or around. Why?Because the things that you do
  • 00:22:56.425 --> 00:22:59.861
  • affect all of your horizontalrelationships but the
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  • relationship between you and Godokay was solidified. It was
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  • because of Jesus' death on thecross this righteousness, this
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  • love, it's just more so whereveryou are in the biggest mess
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  • going or maybe you're reallysuccessful but realizing how
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  • empty it can be, if you're thereyou'll need to anchor your roots
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  • in the love of God.
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  • -LEON: Thank you for tuning into the show today. I'm honoured
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  • "Jumpstart Your Heart." I talk alot about heart beliefs on this
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  • show, but I know that you'llbenefit greatly from listening
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  • to these over and over. Youknow, the presence of God is so
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  • -LEON: I often talk aboutunconditional love or toxic
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  • love. This is an important thingto understand because toxic love
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  • is when you love somebody whenthey earn your love and it's
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  • usually the way most of theplanet shows their love. If you
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  • love me, I'll love you. We caneven raise our kids where we
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  • show them greater love when theyachieve more. Now we need to
  • 00:25:32.781 --> 00:25:37.185
  • encourage them to achieve butlove must be like this. I love
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  • you the way you are as messed upor as perfect, whatever you
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  • think you are and so thisunconditional love is an
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  • unconditional value. That's theword for love in the Bible. It
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  • means to value so I'm gonnavalue you as a person even when
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  • you mess up, when you destroyyour own ability to get
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  • anywhere, when you're not a niceperson you still have value
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  • because God wants you to chooseHim and when I love my children,
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  • when I love my wife and when Ilove the people around me, I
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  • must always remember to lovethem to recognize their value
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  • even if they don't reciprocate,even if they're not gonna show
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  • me love and value. God lovesyou. We call that unconditional
  • 00:26:22.130 --> 00:26:28.103
  • love and this love of God whenit's in us as believers we
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  • should learn to show thatunconditional love or value for
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  • all those around us.
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