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February 14, 2021
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In Touch is the teaching ministry of Dr. Charles Stanley.

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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: Until
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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: Untilyou learn to love someone
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  • you learn to love someonegenuinely, purposely, with all
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  • genuinely, purposely, with allof your heart, sincerely, and
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  • of your heart, sincerely, andpurely; once you learn that,
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  • purely; once you learn that,you're going to discover what
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  • you're going to discover whatlife can really be like.
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  • [music]
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  • - Dr. Stanley: Four decades
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  • - Dr. Stanley: Four decadesago, we started In Touch
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  • ago, we started In TouchMinistries to lead people
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  • Ministries to lead peopleworldwide into a growing
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  • worldwide into a growingrelationship with Jesus Christ.
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  • relationship with Jesus Christ.Throughout the years, we've seen
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  • Throughout the years, we've seenGod's greatness, his love and
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  • God's greatness, his love andhis blessings in such awesome
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  • his blessings in such awesomeways that we just want everyone
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  • ways that we just want everyoneto know him.
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  • to know him.So, let's open God's
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  • So, let's open God'sWord and seek him together.
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  • - Pam Foreman: I didn't want
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  • - Pam Foreman: I didn't wantto die.
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  • to die.I didn't want my children to be
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  • I didn't want my children to behere without me.
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  • here without me.I had things that I wanted
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  • I had things that I wantedto do.
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  • to do.And, I just--I just cried out to
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  • And, I just--I just cried out toGod, You've got to help me.
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  • We never think that at
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  • We never think that atforty-six we could be facing
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  • forty-six we could be facingsomething that would change,
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  • something that would change,not only my life, but my
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  • not only my life, but mychildren's life.
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  • children's life.I was a mother.
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  • I was a mother.I had things I had to do.
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  • I had things I had to do.The call came at two o'clock in
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  • The call came at two o'clock inthe afternoon, I had three
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  • the afternoon, I had threetumors and all of them were
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  • tumors and all of them weremalignant breast cancer tumors.
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  • malignant breast cancer tumors.In that moment everything came
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  • In that moment everything camecrushing down.
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  • crushing down.Just--it just stopped.
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  • One of the hardest things about
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  • One of the hardest things aboutthat day was telling the
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  • that day was telling thechildren.
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  • children.You know?
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  • You know?To watch their little faces just
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  • To watch their little faces justbe crushed.
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  • be crushed.That Mom had cancer.
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  • That Mom had cancer.And, to try to help them
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  • And, to try to help themunderstand that it was going to
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  • understand that it was going tobe okay when I didn't believe
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  • be okay when I didn't believeI was going to be okay.
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  • When I got to MD Anderson, they
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  • When I got to MD Anderson, theyfound cancer in my other breast.
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  • found cancer in my other breast.It was a completely different
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  • It was a completely differenttype of cancer.
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  • type of cancer.And, at that point, just fear.
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  • And, at that point, just fear.You know, you're just consumed
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  • You know, you're just consumedwith it.
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  • I thought I could handle cancer.
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  • I thought I could handle cancer.And, I thought I could control
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  • And, I thought I could controlit.
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  • it.I thought I could solve it, and
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  • I thought I could solve it, andI realized very quickly
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  • I realized very quicklyI couldn't.
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  • I couldn't.It was still early on, and
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  • It was still early on, andI still had such a fear, and I
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  • I still had such a fear, and Imust have just been just shaking
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  • must have just been just shakingduring some of that.
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  • during some of that.And there was a nurse, and she
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  • And there was a nurse, and shelooked at me, and she said,
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  • looked at me, and she said,"You need Charles Stanley.
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  • "You need Charles Stanley.You need to listen to him."
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  • You need to listen to him."She goes, "You gotta get ahold
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  • She goes, "You gotta get aholdof yourself because God is
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  • of yourself because God iswith you.
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  • with you.He has not left you."
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  • He has not left you."She had her phone, she was
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  • She had her phone, she waslike, he has an app, he has
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  • like, he has an app, he hasstuff you can watch.
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  • stuff you can watch.She goes, "You've got to get it
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  • She goes, "You've got to get ittogether."
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  • together."She told me, she said,
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  • She told me, she said,"God expects you to fight."
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  • "God expects you to fight."Traveling back and forth, we
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  • Traveling back and forth, webegan to listen to
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  • began to listen toCharles Stanley, on audio CD,
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  • Charles Stanley, on audio CD,and on the radio.
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  • and on the radio.And the more he talked, the
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  • And the more he talked, themore I began to realize cancer
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  • more I began to realize cancerwasn't really my biggest
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  • wasn't really my biggestproblem.
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  • problem.My biggest problem was that
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  • My biggest problem was thatI didn't have Christ as a center
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  • I didn't have Christ as a centerpoint in my life.
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  • point in my life.And, even though I had been
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  • And, even though I had beenraised right, even though I was
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  • raised right, even though I wasa good person, I was still
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  • a good person, I was stilllacking and missing out on what
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  • lacking and missing out on whatI really needed.
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  • I really needed.There was one time when I was
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  • There was one time when I wasgetting an MRI, and I had to do
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  • getting an MRI, and I had to doa needle guided biopsy, and the
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  • a needle guided biopsy, and thenurse, because you can't see
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  • nurse, because you can't seeanything, she put her hand on
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  • anything, she put her hand onthe back of my head, and she
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  • the back of my head, and shewhispered and she just kept
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  • whispered and she just keptwhispering out Scripture.
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  • whispering out Scripture.And I couldn't believe it,
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  • And I couldn't believe it,because they were verses that
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  • because they were verses thatI didn't know.
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  • I didn't know.And when I got done I looked at
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  • And when I got done I looked ather and I said, "Is that what
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  • her and I said, "Is that whatyou say to all of your
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  • you say to all of yourpatients?"
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  • patients?"And she said, "No.
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  • And she said, "No.That's just what God laid on
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  • That's just what God laid onmy heart for you."
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  • my heart for you."And she said, "Study, they're
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  • And she said, "Study, they'reall there for you."
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  • all there for you."I was so tired of being
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  • I was so tired of beingso afraid.
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  • so afraid.And I was so tired of not
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  • And I was so tired of notknowing where to turn, and so
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  • knowing where to turn, and solost because I couldn't find
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  • lost because I couldn't findan answer.
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  • an answer.I just cried my heart out
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  • I just cried my heart outto God.
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  • to God.Please help me.
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  • Please help me.Please Lord.
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  • Please Lord.Please come into my heart.
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  • Please come into my heart.If I live, great; if I die,
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  • If I live, great; if I die,great.
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  • great.Just please be with me.
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  • Just please be with me.I felt things change, and I knew
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  • I felt things change, and I knewthat He heard my prayer.
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  • that He heard my prayer.He didn't tell me necessarily
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  • He didn't tell me necessarilyeverything was going to be
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  • everything was going to bealright, but I knew beyond
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  • alright, but I knew beyonda shadow of a doubt that He was
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  • a shadow of a doubt that He waswith me, and that He was walking
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  • with me, and that He was walkingwith me.
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  • with me.And I knew I was forgiven.
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  • Things are going much better.
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  • Things are going much better.You know, I've went through the
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  • You know, I've went through thesurgery, and at that time they
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  • surgery, and at that time theysaid I'd had a complete
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  • said I'd had a completeresponse, which they didn't see
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  • response, which they didn't seeany cancer.
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  • any cancer.And then, I did four weeks of
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  • And then, I did four weeks ofradiation, and now I'm into what
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  • radiation, and now I'm into whatthey call maintenance chemo.
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  • they call maintenance chemo.Had it not been for cancer, I
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  • Had it not been for cancer, Iwould never have had that moment
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  • would never have had that momentof realizing that I needed God.
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  • of realizing that I needed God.It felt so good to have the hope
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  • It felt so good to have the hopethat God can bring,
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  • that God can bring,because it comes with a peace,
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  • because it comes with a peace,and it comes with a contentment,
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  • and it comes with a contentment,and it comes with a fulfilled
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  • and it comes with a fulfilledinner being that you know you're
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  • inner being that you know you'reokay, because your Father loves
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  • okay, because your Father lovesyou, and that you're His child.
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  • you, and that you're His child.And, I got it.
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  • - male announcer: Next on
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  • "In Touch," Dr. Charles Stanley
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  • begins his series, "Expressing
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  • Godly Character."
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  • Today's message, "Love Lessons."
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  • - Dr. Stanley: Do you feel
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  • - Dr. Stanley: Do you feelloved by anybody?
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  • loved by anybody?Somebody?
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  • Somebody?Maybe somebody that you could
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  • Maybe somebody that you couldname, that you know in your
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  • name, that you know in yourheart that you're loved by them?
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  • heart that you're loved by them?Or maybe you feel like you're
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  • Or maybe you feel like you'renot loved by anybody.
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  • not loved by anybody.Why would you feel that way
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  • Why would you feel that wayabout yourself?
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  • about yourself?Do you believe God loves you?
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  • Do you believe God loves you?Do you feel His love for you?
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  • Do you feel His love for you?Or do you find yourself in
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  • Or do you find yourself ina love wilderness?
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  • a love wilderness?You're not too sure what's going
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  • You're not too sure what's goingon with that part of your life.
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  • on with that part of your life.Well, it's a very important part
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  • Well, it's a very important partof your life.
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  • of your life.And when I look at the
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  • And when I look at theScriptures and see how many
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  • Scriptures and see how manytimes love is mentioned, for
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  • times love is mentioned, forexample, in the Old Testament
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  • example, in the Old Testamenttwo hundred and fifty times, in
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  • two hundred and fifty times, inthe New Testament two hundred
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  • the New Testament two hundredand thirty-four times.
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  • and thirty-four times.And it's interesting that John
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  • And it's interesting that Johnwho wrote the Gospel and three
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  • who wrote the Gospel and threeepistles, just what he wrote
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  • epistles, just what he wrotealone, he in those few chapters,
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  • alone, he in those few chapters,seventy-two times John talked
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  • seventy-two times John talkedabout love.
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  • about love.Must be important.
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  • Must be important.And of course, you've heard this
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  • And of course, you've heard thisverse for years, "For God so
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  • verse for years, "For God soloved the world, that He gave
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  • loved the world, that He gaveHis only begotten Son, that
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  • His only begotten Son, thatwhoever believes in Him would
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  • whoever believes in Him wouldnot perish, but have everlasting
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  • not perish, but have everlastinglife."
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  • life."But you see, probably you've put
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  • But you see, probably you've putthat out there in generalities,
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  • that out there in generalities,"God so loved the world," you
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  • "God so loved the world," younever thought about yourself.
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  • never thought about yourself.Do you feel that God loves you?
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  • Do you feel that God loves you?Are there some reasons you could
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  • Are there some reasons you couldsay, "Well, I know God loves me
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  • say, "Well, I know God loves mefor this reason, that or the
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  • for this reason, that or theother"?
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  • other"?Or you just find yourself
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  • Or you just find yourselfwondering about that, going
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  • wondering about that, goingabout your daily life, not
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  • about your daily life, notfeeling loved by anybody.
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  • feeling loved by anybody.And for some people, you don't
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  • And for some people, you don'thave anybody that you could put
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  • have anybody that you could putyour finger on to say, "I love
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  • your finger on to say, "I lovethat person."
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  • that person."If love is missing in your life,
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  • If love is missing in your life,a vital part of your life is
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  • a vital part of your life ismissing because it is an
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  • missing because it is anessential part of every person's
  • 00:08:26.355 --> 00:08:28.758
  • essential part of every person'slife.
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  • life.In First John, this fourth
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  • In First John, this fourthchapter, and if you'd like to
  • 00:08:33.162 --> 00:08:34.597
  • chapter, and if you'd like toturn to that, the fourth chapter
  • 00:08:34.931 --> 00:08:35.998
  • turn to that, the fourth chapterof First John beginning in verse
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  • of First John beginning in verseseven, listen to what he says.
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  • seven, listen to what he says.He says, "Beloved, let us love
  • 00:08:41.904 --> 00:08:44.707
  • He says, "Beloved, let us loveone another, for love is from
  • 00:08:45.174 --> 00:08:47.610
  • one another, for love is fromGod," that's the source, "And
  • 00:08:48.144 --> 00:08:50.713
  • God," that's the source, "Andeveryone who loves is born of
  • 00:08:50.780 --> 00:08:53.549
  • everyone who loves is born ofGod and knows God."
  • 00:08:53.616 --> 00:08:55.618
  • God and knows God."So that helps us to understand
  • 00:08:56.018 --> 00:08:56.953
  • So that helps us to understandwhether we know God or not.
  • 00:08:57.019 --> 00:08:59.555
  • whether we know God or not."The one who does not love does
  • 00:09:00.089 --> 00:09:01.757
  • "The one who does not love doesnot know God, for God is love.
  • 00:09:01.824 --> 00:09:05.461
  • not know God, for God is love.By this the love of God was
  • 00:09:05.828 --> 00:09:06.963
  • By this the love of God wasmanifested in us, that God has
  • 00:09:07.029 --> 00:09:09.599
  • manifested in us, that God hassent His only begotten Son into
  • 00:09:09.932 --> 00:09:11.968
  • sent His only begotten Son intothe world so that we might live
  • 00:09:12.301 --> 00:09:14.904
  • the world so that we might livethrough Him.
  • 00:09:14.971 --> 00:09:16.706
  • through Him.In this is love, not that we
  • 00:09:16.772 --> 00:09:19.108
  • In this is love, not that weloved God, but that He loved us
  • 00:09:19.475 --> 00:09:21.811
  • loved God, but that He loved usand sent His Son to be a
  • 00:09:21.877 --> 00:09:23.646
  • and sent His Son to be asacrifice for our sins.
  • 00:09:23.713 --> 00:09:26.515
  • sacrifice for our sins.Beloved, if God so loved us, we
  • 00:09:27.016 --> 00:09:29.919
  • Beloved, if God so loved us, weought also to love one another."
  • 00:09:29.986 --> 00:09:33.222
  • ought also to love one another."So, I want to title this
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  • So, I want to title thismessage, "Love Lessons."
  • 00:09:34.223 --> 00:09:36.659
  • message, "Love Lessons."Maybe you know how to love,
  • 00:09:37.159 --> 00:09:37.960
  • Maybe you know how to love,maybe you don't.
  • 00:09:38.027 --> 00:09:39.662
  • maybe you don't.But I trust that you'll listen
  • 00:09:39.962 --> 00:09:40.796
  • But I trust that you'll listencarefully, and somewhere in
  • 00:09:40.863 --> 00:09:42.198
  • carefully, and somewhere inhere, you'll see yourself,
  • 00:09:42.264 --> 00:09:45.001
  • here, you'll see yourself,you'll find yourself, you'll
  • 00:09:45.067 --> 00:09:46.902
  • you'll find yourself, you'llknow that you've been identified
  • 00:09:47.336 --> 00:09:49.005
  • know that you've been identifiedbecause God loves you.
  • 00:09:49.071 --> 00:09:51.340
  • because God loves you.He wants you to know what love
  • 00:09:51.407 --> 00:09:52.942
  • He wants you to know what loveis about, and surely, He wants
  • 00:09:53.175 --> 00:09:54.410
  • is about, and surely, He wantsyou to love Him.
  • 00:09:54.477 --> 00:09:57.179
  • you to love Him.So, I ask you this question: at
  • 00:09:57.480 --> 00:09:59.682
  • So, I ask you this question: atthis moment, do you feel loved,
  • 00:09:59.749 --> 00:10:03.819
  • this moment, do you feel loved,really loved, by anyone?
  • 00:10:03.886 --> 00:10:08.524
  • really loved, by anyone?So, what I'd like for you to do
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  • So, what I'd like for you to dois to follow along and see where
  • 00:10:10.426 --> 00:10:12.862
  • is to follow along and see whereyou are in your ability, your
  • 00:10:13.095 --> 00:10:15.064
  • you are in your ability, yourcapacity to love and to be
  • 00:10:15.164 --> 00:10:17.066
  • capacity to love and to beloved.
  • 00:10:17.133 --> 00:10:18.134
  • loved.And the first thing I would say
  • 00:10:18.367 --> 00:10:19.368
  • And the first thing I would sayis this: love is more than
  • 00:10:19.435 --> 00:10:21.170
  • is this: love is more thanan emotion.
  • 00:10:21.237 --> 00:10:22.571
  • an emotion.Many people think, "Well, love
  • 00:10:22.772 --> 00:10:23.973
  • Many people think, "Well, loveis just an emotion."
  • 00:10:24.040 --> 00:10:25.174
  • is just an emotion."No, it's more than an emotion.
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  • No, it's more than an emotion.It's a commitment to another
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  • It's a commitment to anotherperson.
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  • person.So, I would ask you the
  • 00:10:31.347 --> 00:10:32.014
  • So, I would ask you thequestion: are you committed to
  • 00:10:32.081 --> 00:10:33.582
  • question: are you committed tosomebody?
  • 00:10:33.649 --> 00:10:35.418
  • somebody?Can somebody rely upon you,
  • 00:10:35.618 --> 00:10:37.253
  • Can somebody rely upon you,trust in you?
  • 00:10:37.319 --> 00:10:38.854
  • trust in you?Do you have a loving
  • 00:10:39.155 --> 00:10:39.855
  • Do you have a lovingrelationship with anybody?
  • 00:10:39.922 --> 00:10:42.358
  • relationship with anybody?Because love is a commitment,
  • 00:10:42.892 --> 00:10:44.960
  • Because love is a commitment,not just an emotion.
  • 00:10:45.294 --> 00:10:47.897
  • not just an emotion.Love also can discern true love
  • 00:10:48.397 --> 00:10:51.534
  • Love also can discern true lovein others like a radar.
  • 00:10:51.600 --> 00:10:53.736
  • in others like a radar.In other words, when you love
  • 00:10:53.803 --> 00:10:55.137
  • In other words, when you lovesomebody, you can discern that
  • 00:10:55.204 --> 00:10:57.206
  • somebody, you can discern thatlove in your life.
  • 00:10:57.306 --> 00:10:59.442
  • love in your life.You can discern in somebody
  • 00:10:59.508 --> 00:11:00.743
  • You can discern in somebodyelse's life.
  • 00:11:00.810 --> 00:11:02.244
  • else's life.You sort of know when somebody
  • 00:11:02.311 --> 00:11:03.479
  • You sort of know when somebodyloves you or don't.
  • 00:11:03.546 --> 00:11:05.281
  • loves you or don't.And they may say that, "I love
  • 00:11:05.815 --> 00:11:06.682
  • And they may say that, "I loveyou," and they may say, "I
  • 00:11:06.749 --> 00:11:08.484
  • you," and they may say, "Icherish you," and so forth.
  • 00:11:08.684 --> 00:11:09.952
  • cherish you," and so forth.But deep down inside, you may
  • 00:11:10.019 --> 00:11:12.288
  • But deep down inside, you mayhave a different feeling.
  • 00:11:12.354 --> 00:11:13.756
  • have a different feeling.So, when I think about that, I
  • 00:11:13.823 --> 00:11:15.491
  • So, when I think about that, Ithink about what has God given
  • 00:11:15.558 --> 00:11:17.326
  • think about what has God givenus?
  • 00:11:17.393 --> 00:11:18.060
  • us?He's given us sort of a radar.
  • 00:11:18.127 --> 00:11:20.096
  • He's given us sort of a radar.We know when we are genuinely
  • 00:11:20.162 --> 00:11:22.798
  • We know when we are genuinelybeing loved.
  • 00:11:22.865 --> 00:11:24.133
  • being loved.It could be we're being bought
  • 00:11:24.200 --> 00:11:25.634
  • It could be we're being boughtoff.
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  • off.We're being convinced, but the
  • 00:11:27.002 --> 00:11:29.438
  • We're being convinced, but thetruth is do you know whether
  • 00:11:29.505 --> 00:11:32.808
  • truth is do you know whetheryou're loved or not?
  • 00:11:32.875 --> 00:11:35.544
  • you're loved or not?And then of course, let me say
  • 00:11:35.611 --> 00:11:37.279
  • And then of course, let me saythat love's not free.
  • 00:11:37.346 --> 00:11:39.782
  • that love's not free.God's love for us is free from
  • 00:11:39.849 --> 00:11:43.686
  • God's love for us is free fromHim, but all other love is not
  • 00:11:43.753 --> 00:11:46.455
  • Him, but all other love is notfree.
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  • free.Love demands something of us.
  • 00:11:48.224 --> 00:11:49.959
  • Love demands something of us.The very nature of love demands
  • 00:11:50.025 --> 00:11:51.994
  • The very nature of love demandssomething of us, requires
  • 00:11:52.061 --> 00:11:53.629
  • something of us, requiressomething of us.
  • 00:11:53.696 --> 00:11:54.263
  • something of us.So, let me ask you this: do you
  • 00:11:54.697 --> 00:11:55.464
  • So, let me ask you this: do youfeel loved?
  • 00:11:55.531 --> 00:11:57.700
  • feel loved?Listen to that question.
  • 00:11:57.767 --> 00:11:59.068
  • Listen to that question.Do you feel loved?
  • 00:11:59.135 --> 00:12:03.172
  • Do you feel loved?And I would ask this: are you
  • 00:12:03.672 --> 00:12:04.306
  • And I would ask this: are yougoing through the rest of your
  • 00:12:04.373 --> 00:12:05.274
  • going through the rest of yourlife feeling unloved?
  • 00:12:05.574 --> 00:12:08.911
  • life feeling unloved?If you do, you will have missed
  • 00:12:09.378 --> 00:12:10.579
  • If you do, you will have missedwhat love--what life's all
  • 00:12:10.646 --> 00:12:12.014
  • what love--what life's allabout.
  • 00:12:12.081 --> 00:12:13.115
  • about.You'll have missed what love's
  • 00:12:13.182 --> 00:12:14.517
  • You'll have missed what love'sall about.
  • 00:12:14.583 --> 00:12:15.751
  • all about.And love starts in Genesis one,
  • 00:12:15.818 --> 00:12:18.020
  • And love starts in Genesis one,one.
  • 00:12:18.087 --> 00:12:20.256
  • one.God's creation was an act
  • 00:12:20.322 --> 00:12:22.024
  • God's creation was an actof love.
  • 00:12:22.091 --> 00:12:23.159
  • of love.It goes all through the rest of
  • 00:12:23.225 --> 00:12:24.927
  • It goes all through the rest ofthe books of the Bible, all
  • 00:12:24.994 --> 00:12:26.028
  • the books of the Bible, allsixty-six books, and ends up in
  • 00:12:26.095 --> 00:12:28.464
  • sixty-six books, and ends up inthe Revelation.
  • 00:12:28.531 --> 00:12:29.331
  • the Revelation.God's still loving.
  • 00:12:29.398 --> 00:12:31.500
  • God's still loving.And that same God wants you and
  • 00:12:31.934 --> 00:12:32.868
  • And that same God wants you andme to know how to love each
  • 00:12:32.935 --> 00:12:34.503
  • me to know how to love eachother, to love Him.
  • 00:12:34.570 --> 00:12:37.106
  • other, to love Him.So, I ask you the question: can
  • 00:12:37.273 --> 00:12:38.474
  • So, I ask you the question: canyou name somebody that you
  • 00:12:38.541 --> 00:12:40.409
  • you name somebody that youreally and truly love?
  • 00:12:40.476 --> 00:12:44.814
  • really and truly love?If you can't, you're missing
  • 00:12:45.214 --> 00:12:47.316
  • If you can't, you're missingsomething and you're causing
  • 00:12:47.383 --> 00:12:49.618
  • something and you're causingthem to miss something in your
  • 00:12:50.119 --> 00:12:50.820
  • them to miss something in yourlife.
  • 00:12:50.886 --> 00:12:52.121
  • life.God didn't create us to live
  • 00:12:52.188 --> 00:12:54.723
  • God didn't create us to livewithout love.
  • 00:12:54.790 --> 00:12:57.226
  • without love.When a person feels love, it
  • 00:12:57.293 --> 00:13:00.396
  • When a person feels love, itenables us to feel complete.
  • 00:13:00.462 --> 00:13:02.665
  • enables us to feel complete.And I want you to listen to this
  • 00:13:02.731 --> 00:13:03.866
  • And I want you to listen to thiscarefully.
  • 00:13:03.966 --> 00:13:04.366
  • carefully.There are three characteristics
  • 00:13:04.433 --> 00:13:05.467
  • There are three characteristicshere that are very important.
  • 00:13:05.534 --> 00:13:07.970
  • here that are very important.When a person really and truly
  • 00:13:08.037 --> 00:13:11.006
  • When a person really and trulyfeels love, it enables them to
  • 00:13:11.073 --> 00:13:14.310
  • feels love, it enables them tohave three other emotions that
  • 00:13:14.376 --> 00:13:16.011
  • have three other emotions thatare very important.
  • 00:13:16.078 --> 00:13:17.413
  • are very important.And the first one is you feel
  • 00:13:17.479 --> 00:13:18.814
  • And the first one is you feelcomplete.
  • 00:13:18.881 --> 00:13:20.349
  • complete.Think about it for a moment.
  • 00:13:20.416 --> 00:13:21.350
  • Think about it for a moment.If you feel really loved by
  • 00:13:21.417 --> 00:13:22.551
  • If you feel really loved bysomebody, there's a completion
  • 00:13:22.618 --> 00:13:25.354
  • somebody, there's a completionemotionally in that.
  • 00:13:25.421 --> 00:13:27.089
  • emotionally in that.So, it makes you feel complete.
  • 00:13:27.156 --> 00:13:29.158
  • So, it makes you feel complete.It also makes you feel
  • 00:13:29.225 --> 00:13:30.159
  • It also makes you feelcompetent, capable; that is,
  • 00:13:30.226 --> 00:13:32.862
  • competent, capable; that is,love traverses every single part
  • 00:13:32.928 --> 00:13:36.065
  • love traverses every single partof your body, your mind, your
  • 00:13:36.131 --> 00:13:37.366
  • of your body, your mind, yourwill, and your emotion.
  • 00:13:37.433 --> 00:13:38.934
  • will, and your emotion.It enables you now only to feel
  • 00:13:39.001 --> 00:13:41.070
  • It enables you now only to feellike you're complete, you feel
  • 00:13:41.136 --> 00:13:43.272
  • like you're complete, you feelcompetent.
  • 00:13:43.339 --> 00:13:44.473
  • competent.It gives you that surge to
  • 00:13:44.540 --> 00:13:45.875
  • It gives you that surge tothink, "I can do this.
  • 00:13:45.941 --> 00:13:47.810
  • think, "I can do this.I'll be able to manage this.
  • 00:13:47.877 --> 00:13:49.778
  • I'll be able to manage this.I can walk through this."
  • 00:13:49.845 --> 00:13:51.513
  • I can walk through this."And thirdly, it enables you to
  • 00:13:51.580 --> 00:13:53.382
  • And thirdly, it enables you tofeel worthy.
  • 00:13:53.449 --> 00:13:57.019
  • feel worthy.And those three words are very
  • 00:13:57.086 --> 00:13:58.988
  • And those three words are veryimportant.
  • 00:13:59.054 --> 00:14:00.189
  • important.To feel complete, to feel
  • 00:14:00.256 --> 00:14:01.490
  • To feel complete, to feelcompetent, to feel worthy, no
  • 00:14:01.724 --> 00:14:03.726
  • competent, to feel worthy, nolonger struggling to prove
  • 00:14:03.792 --> 00:14:05.628
  • longer struggling to proveanything.
  • 00:14:05.694 --> 00:14:06.662
  • anything.And when I think about that,
  • 00:14:06.729 --> 00:14:07.730
  • And when I think about that,I think about how generous and
  • 00:14:07.796 --> 00:14:09.365
  • I think about how generous andunselfish love is.
  • 00:14:09.632 --> 00:14:12.268
  • unselfish love is.Love is generous.
  • 00:14:12.334 --> 00:14:14.169
  • Love is generous.Love is unselfish.
  • 00:14:14.236 --> 00:14:15.738
  • Love is unselfish.Love's not about me; me,
  • 00:14:15.804 --> 00:14:17.840
  • Love's not about me; me,myself and I.
  • 00:14:17.907 --> 00:14:19.241
  • myself and I.And if you'll think about it for
  • 00:14:19.308 --> 00:14:20.309
  • And if you'll think about it forjust a moment, think about the
  • 00:14:20.376 --> 00:14:21.644
  • just a moment, think about theconversations you have with
  • 00:14:21.877 --> 00:14:23.245
  • conversations you have withpeople, how often it's I and me,
  • 00:14:23.779 --> 00:14:27.650
  • people, how often it's I and me,myself.
  • 00:14:27.716 --> 00:14:28.751
  • myself.And when you get into a
  • 00:14:28.817 --> 00:14:30.052
  • And when you get into aconversation with someone whose
  • 00:14:30.119 --> 00:14:31.854
  • conversation with someone whosefavorite word is me, myself, and
  • 00:14:31.921 --> 00:14:33.555
  • favorite word is me, myself, andI, then you probably need to be
  • 00:14:33.789 --> 00:14:35.991
  • I, then you probably need to bevery serious in the way you
  • 00:14:36.358 --> 00:14:37.993
  • very serious in the way youlisten to what they say.
  • 00:14:38.060 --> 00:14:39.995
  • listen to what they say.Because more than likely,
  • 00:14:40.062 --> 00:14:41.563
  • Because more than likely,they're going to end up wanting
  • 00:14:41.630 --> 00:14:42.665
  • they're going to end up wantingsomething from you.
  • 00:14:42.932 --> 00:14:45.067
  • something from you.Love is always thinking about
  • 00:14:45.134 --> 00:14:46.769
  • Love is always thinking aboutthe other person, what's best
  • 00:14:46.835 --> 00:14:48.637
  • the other person, what's bestfor them.
  • 00:14:48.704 --> 00:14:49.538
  • for them.And so, when I think about how
  • 00:14:49.605 --> 00:14:51.974
  • And so, when I think about howgenerous and unselfish it is and
  • 00:14:52.041 --> 00:14:53.709
  • generous and unselfish it is andI think about, love,
  • 00:14:53.776 --> 00:14:58.180
  • I think about, love,for example, is more fulfilled
  • 00:14:58.314 --> 00:14:59.982
  • for example, is more fulfilledbecause it's giving to someone.
  • 00:15:00.349 --> 00:15:03.886
  • because it's giving to someone.And you ask yourself this
  • 00:15:03.953 --> 00:15:04.820
  • And you ask yourself thisquestion, to be honest.
  • 00:15:04.887 --> 00:15:06.622
  • question, to be honest.What pleases you most?
  • 00:15:06.855 --> 00:15:08.223
  • What pleases you most?What makes you the happiest?
  • 00:15:08.424 --> 00:15:09.658
  • What makes you the happiest?What do you get the most
  • 00:15:09.725 --> 00:15:10.926
  • What do you get the mostgratification out of is when
  • 00:15:10.993 --> 00:15:13.128
  • gratification out of is whensomebody gives you something you
  • 00:15:13.228 --> 00:15:15.130
  • somebody gives you something youwant, or maybe you didn't
  • 00:15:15.197 --> 00:15:16.966
  • want, or maybe you didn'tparticularly ask for it, but
  • 00:15:17.032 --> 00:15:18.133
  • particularly ask for it, butthere it is, a nice gift?
  • 00:15:18.200 --> 00:15:19.868
  • there it is, a nice gift?Or are you more satisfied by the
  • 00:15:19.935 --> 00:15:22.237
  • Or are you more satisfied by thefact that you were able to give
  • 00:15:22.304 --> 00:15:24.106
  • fact that you were able to givesomebody else something?
  • 00:15:24.173 --> 00:15:25.774
  • somebody else something?What satisfies you the most?
  • 00:15:25.841 --> 00:15:28.410
  • What satisfies you the most?What's the most fulfilling?
  • 00:15:28.477 --> 00:15:31.280
  • What's the most fulfilling?Is it receiving or giving?
  • 00:15:31.747 --> 00:15:34.116
  • Is it receiving or giving?You don't give to get paid back.
  • 00:15:34.183 --> 00:15:36.018
  • You don't give to get paid back.Love, when I think about this,
  • 00:15:36.085 --> 00:15:38.687
  • Love, when I think about this,love does not give in order
  • 00:15:38.754 --> 00:15:41.890
  • love does not give in orderto receive.
  • 00:15:41.957 --> 00:15:43.392
  • to receive.Love just gives because
  • 00:15:43.459 --> 00:15:45.894
  • Love just gives becauseit's love.
  • 00:15:45.961 --> 00:15:47.596
  • it's love.And then of course, love is
  • 00:15:47.663 --> 00:15:49.531
  • And then of course, love isforgiving.
  • 00:15:49.598 --> 00:15:52.267
  • forgiving.Some people live their whole
  • 00:15:52.334 --> 00:15:53.435
  • Some people live their wholelife with anger, bitterness,
  • 00:15:53.702 --> 00:15:56.872
  • life with anger, bitterness,resentfulness, and jealousy in
  • 00:15:56.939 --> 00:15:58.574
  • resentfulness, and jealousy intheir heart.
  • 00:15:58.640 --> 00:15:59.675
  • their heart.Maybe they were wronged
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  • Maybe they were wrongedas a child.
  • 00:16:01.276 --> 00:16:02.344
  • as a child.Maybe their parents wronged
  • 00:16:02.411 --> 00:16:03.479
  • Maybe their parents wrongedthem, whatever it might be.
  • 00:16:03.545 --> 00:16:05.280
  • them, whatever it might be.And every once in a while, I
  • 00:16:05.748 --> 00:16:06.382
  • And every once in a while, Imeet somebody who has lived a
  • 00:16:06.448 --> 00:16:09.084
  • meet somebody who has lived alot of years in their life and
  • 00:16:09.151 --> 00:16:10.919
  • lot of years in their life andcarried with them the whole time
  • 00:16:10.986 --> 00:16:13.789
  • carried with them the whole timethis weighty burden of
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  • this weighty burden ofunforgiveness.
  • 00:16:15.891 --> 00:16:18.027
  • unforgiveness.Watch this carefully.
  • 00:16:18.093 --> 00:16:21.497
  • Watch this carefully.You must always forgive.
  • 00:16:21.563 --> 00:16:23.365
  • You must always forgive.You say, "But you don't know
  • 00:16:23.432 --> 00:16:24.266
  • You say, "But you don't knowwhat they've done to me."
  • 00:16:24.333 --> 00:16:25.167
  • what they've done to me."Let me ask you this: what about
  • 00:16:25.234 --> 00:16:26.668
  • Let me ask you this: what aboutthe cross?
  • 00:16:26.735 --> 00:16:28.570
  • the cross?What did He do for you?
  • 00:16:28.637 --> 00:16:30.839
  • What did He do for you?Has anybody else ever done
  • 00:16:30.906 --> 00:16:32.041
  • Has anybody else ever donethat for you?
  • 00:16:32.207 --> 00:16:32.608
  • that for you?No.
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  • No.Jesus died that you and I may be
  • 00:16:34.343 --> 00:16:37.246
  • Jesus died that you and I may beforgiven of our sins, our
  • 00:16:37.312 --> 00:16:39.848
  • forgiven of our sins, ourerrors, and our wrongs.
  • 00:16:39.915 --> 00:16:42.117
  • errors, and our wrongs.He loved us enough and loves us
  • 00:16:42.184 --> 00:16:44.520
  • He loved us enough and loves usenough to forgive no matter
  • 00:16:44.586 --> 00:16:46.422
  • enough to forgive no matterwhat.
  • 00:16:46.488 --> 00:16:47.589
  • what.And so, love is forgiving,
  • 00:16:47.656 --> 00:16:50.793
  • And so, love is forgiving,doesn't hold grudges.
  • 00:16:50.859 --> 00:16:51.627
  • doesn't hold grudges.And likewise, love desires to
  • 00:16:51.693 --> 00:16:54.763
  • And likewise, love desires toexpress itself.
  • 00:16:54.830 --> 00:16:56.965
  • express itself.And when a person genuinely
  • 00:16:57.032 --> 00:16:58.801
  • And when a person genuinelygives out of love, they don't
  • 00:16:58.867 --> 00:17:00.869
  • gives out of love, they don'tconsider it a sacrifice.
  • 00:17:00.936 --> 00:17:03.906
  • consider it a sacrifice.You, watch this, love is like
  • 00:17:03.972 --> 00:17:06.041
  • You, watch this, love is likethis well inside of you that's
  • 00:17:06.108 --> 00:17:08.644
  • this well inside of you that'seither all chupped up and
  • 00:17:08.710 --> 00:17:11.346
  • either all chupped up anddoesn't flow, or it becomes like
  • 00:17:11.413 --> 00:17:15.384
  • doesn't flow, or it becomes likea spring: it just keeps on
  • 00:17:15.451 --> 00:17:16.919
  • a spring: it just keeps onflowing and keeps on flowing.
  • 00:17:16.985 --> 00:17:19.321
  • flowing and keeps on flowing.If you love somebody, you're
  • 00:17:19.388 --> 00:17:21.123
  • If you love somebody, you'relike an emotional spring.
  • 00:17:21.190 --> 00:17:23.692
  • like an emotional spring.That is, there's something that
  • 00:17:23.759 --> 00:17:24.993
  • That is, there's something thatflows from you that you can't
  • 00:17:25.060 --> 00:17:27.429
  • flows from you that you can'treally express.
  • 00:17:27.496 --> 00:17:28.497
  • really express.If you don't know how to love
  • 00:17:28.564 --> 00:17:30.365
  • If you don't know how to loveand to be loved, there isn't
  • 00:17:30.532 --> 00:17:32.134
  • and to be loved, there isn'tanything else in the world that
  • 00:17:32.201 --> 00:17:33.769
  • anything else in the world thatcan take the place of genuine
  • 00:17:33.836 --> 00:17:35.838
  • can take the place of genuinelove.
  • 00:17:35.904 --> 00:17:36.638
  • love.And so, the truth is, you're in
  • 00:17:37.072 --> 00:17:37.873
  • And so, the truth is, you're inneed.
  • 00:17:37.940 --> 00:17:39.875
  • need.And many people think their
  • 00:17:39.942 --> 00:17:40.876
  • And many people think theirneed's physical.
  • 00:17:41.143 --> 00:17:41.944
  • need's physical.That's not their need.
  • 00:17:42.010 --> 00:17:43.879
  • That's not their need.They think their need's
  • 00:17:43.946 --> 00:17:44.646
  • They think their need'sfinancial.
  • 00:17:44.847 --> 00:17:45.314
  • financial.That's not their need.
  • 00:17:45.380 --> 00:17:47.015
  • That's not their need.If they learn to love, here's
  • 00:17:47.082 --> 00:17:48.484
  • If they learn to love, here'swhat would happen.
  • 00:17:48.550 --> 00:17:49.318
  • what would happen.Watch this, mark it down.
  • 00:17:49.384 --> 00:17:51.420
  • Watch this, mark it down.When you learn to love, it's
  • 00:17:51.487 --> 00:17:52.921
  • When you learn to love, it'samazing how God changes the
  • 00:17:52.988 --> 00:17:56.125
  • amazing how God changes thedirection of the flow
  • 00:17:56.191 --> 00:17:57.726
  • direction of the flowin your life.
  • 00:17:57.793 --> 00:18:00.062
  • in your life.And it's not always one way,
  • 00:18:00.129 --> 00:18:03.765
  • And it's not always one way,it's both ways.
  • 00:18:03.832 --> 00:18:05.167
  • it's both ways.But also, there's a flow toward
  • 00:18:05.234 --> 00:18:07.769
  • But also, there's a flow towardyou simply because you've
  • 00:18:07.836 --> 00:18:10.105
  • you simply because you'velearned to love.
  • 00:18:10.172 --> 00:18:11.874
  • learned to love.And when the love of God flows
  • 00:18:11.940 --> 00:18:14.309
  • And when the love of God flowsin you and through you to
  • 00:18:14.376 --> 00:18:15.777
  • in you and through you toothers, there's going to
  • 00:18:15.844 --> 00:18:16.545
  • others, there's going tobe love.
  • 00:18:16.612 --> 00:18:17.613
  • be love.You're going to feel love.
  • 00:18:17.679 --> 00:18:18.780
  • You're going to feel love.You're going to experience love.
  • 00:18:18.847 --> 00:18:20.249
  • You're going to experience love.You're going to begin to
  • 00:18:20.415 --> 00:18:21.683
  • You're going to begin toexperience life at its best.
  • 00:18:21.750 --> 00:18:24.286
  • experience life at its best.Until you learn to love someone
  • 00:18:24.353 --> 00:18:27.556
  • Until you learn to love someonegenuinely, purposely, with all
  • 00:18:28.056 --> 00:18:29.958
  • genuinely, purposely, with allof your heart, sincerely, and
  • 00:18:30.459 --> 00:18:32.027
  • of your heart, sincerely, andpurely; once you learn that,
  • 00:18:32.494 --> 00:18:34.530
  • purely; once you learn that,you're going to discover what
  • 00:18:34.596 --> 00:18:35.631
  • you're going to discover whatlife can really be like.
  • 00:18:35.697 --> 00:18:38.433
  • life can really be like.And then love hurts when
  • 00:18:38.500 --> 00:18:39.468
  • And then love hurts whensomebody else hurts.
  • 00:18:39.535 --> 00:18:41.837
  • somebody else hurts.When you genuinely love and
  • 00:18:41.904 --> 00:18:43.772
  • When you genuinely love andthere's love in your heart and
  • 00:18:43.839 --> 00:18:45.240
  • there's love in your heart andyou see someone else hurting,
  • 00:18:45.307 --> 00:18:47.609
  • you see someone else hurting,the natural result of a person
  • 00:18:47.676 --> 00:18:50.112
  • the natural result of a personwho knows how to love is to
  • 00:18:50.279 --> 00:18:51.980
  • who knows how to love is toreach out some way.
  • 00:18:52.047 --> 00:18:53.882
  • reach out some way.It may be a distant--you can
  • 00:18:53.949 --> 00:18:55.450
  • It may be a distant--you canonly pray for them.
  • 00:18:55.517 --> 00:18:56.818
  • only pray for them.But if at all possible, you want
  • 00:18:56.885 --> 00:18:58.420
  • But if at all possible, you wantto do something for them.
  • 00:18:58.487 --> 00:19:00.489
  • to do something for them.It's like a person with the gift
  • 00:19:00.556 --> 00:19:01.924
  • It's like a person with the giftof mercy.
  • 00:19:01.990 --> 00:19:02.958
  • of mercy.And you can have all the seven
  • 00:19:03.358 --> 00:19:04.326
  • And you can have all the sevenmajor gifts together, but when
  • 00:19:04.626 --> 00:19:06.528
  • major gifts together, but whenthere's a person hurting, the
  • 00:19:06.595 --> 00:19:08.130
  • there's a person hurting, theperson with the gift of mercy is
  • 00:19:08.497 --> 00:19:09.565
  • person with the gift of mercy isthe first one there.
  • 00:19:09.631 --> 00:19:11.133
  • the first one there.That's just the way God made us.
  • 00:19:11.700 --> 00:19:13.769
  • That's just the way God made us.And so, when you see someone
  • 00:19:13.835 --> 00:19:15.571
  • And so, when you see someonehurt, how do you feel?
  • 00:19:15.637 --> 00:19:17.639
  • hurt, how do you feel?Watch this, you hurt when other
  • 00:19:17.706 --> 00:19:20.008
  • Watch this, you hurt when otherpeople hurt.
  • 00:19:20.075 --> 00:19:22.044
  • people hurt.Willing to sacrifice when
  • 00:19:22.110 --> 00:19:24.413
  • Willing to sacrifice whennecessary because, watch this,
  • 00:19:24.479 --> 00:19:28.183
  • necessary because, watch this,listen carefully, love does not
  • 00:19:28.250 --> 00:19:31.253
  • listen carefully, love does notkeep accounts.
  • 00:19:31.320 --> 00:19:34.289
  • keep accounts.I did this for you, expect you
  • 00:19:34.356 --> 00:19:36.091
  • I did this for you, expect youto do that for me.
  • 00:19:36.158 --> 00:19:36.992
  • to do that for me.That is not love.
  • 00:19:37.059 --> 00:19:38.627
  • That is not love.I've done this and this and this
  • 00:19:38.694 --> 00:19:39.995
  • I've done this and this and thisfor you and you've done none of
  • 00:19:40.062 --> 00:19:41.230
  • for you and you've done none ofthat for me.
  • 00:19:41.296 --> 00:19:42.030
  • that for me.That's not love.
  • 00:19:42.097 --> 00:19:44.800
  • That's not love.Doesn't keep records.
  • 00:19:44.866 --> 00:19:46.168
  • Doesn't keep records.And is it not true we make
  • 00:19:46.235 --> 00:19:47.536
  • And is it not true we makelists, and oftentimes those
  • 00:19:47.603 --> 00:19:48.737
  • lists, and oftentimes thoselists are governed by the fact
  • 00:19:48.971 --> 00:19:51.373
  • lists are governed by the factthat somebody gave us something.
  • 00:19:51.440 --> 00:19:52.908
  • that somebody gave us something.Maybe you can't remember what it
  • 00:19:53.041 --> 00:19:54.409
  • Maybe you can't remember what itwas, but they gave you something
  • 00:19:54.476 --> 00:19:56.378
  • was, but they gave you somethingand so you make a list because
  • 00:19:56.445 --> 00:19:57.813
  • and so you make a list becauseyou want to pay, you want to not
  • 00:19:57.879 --> 00:20:00.616
  • you want to pay, you want to notgive them back, pay them back.
  • 00:20:00.682 --> 00:20:03.719
  • give them back, pay them back.Love is not in the business of
  • 00:20:03.785 --> 00:20:06.154
  • Love is not in the business ofpaying and receiving.
  • 00:20:06.221 --> 00:20:08.924
  • paying and receiving.Love is in the business of
  • 00:20:08.991 --> 00:20:10.425
  • Love is in the business ofgiving with not any real
  • 00:20:10.492 --> 00:20:13.161
  • giving with not any realexpectation of return.
  • 00:20:13.228 --> 00:20:16.331
  • expectation of return.If I love you, watch this
  • 00:20:16.398 --> 00:20:18.667
  • If I love you, watch thiscarefully, if I love you, I'm
  • 00:20:18.734 --> 00:20:20.035
  • carefully, if I love you, I'mnot going to say because, if,
  • 00:20:20.102 --> 00:20:24.506
  • not going to say because, if,when, where and a whole lot of
  • 00:20:24.573 --> 00:20:27.309
  • when, where and a whole lot ofother words.
  • 00:20:27.376 --> 00:20:28.110
  • other words.If I love you, I just love you
  • 00:20:28.176 --> 00:20:29.678
  • If I love you, I just love youbecause you're you.
  • 00:20:29.845 --> 00:20:32.781
  • because you're you.Think about this: Jesus loves
  • 00:20:32.848 --> 00:20:35.517
  • Think about this: Jesus lovesyou for no reason in you.
  • 00:20:35.584 --> 00:20:40.322
  • you for no reason in you.He just loves you.
  • 00:20:40.389 --> 00:20:42.557
  • He just loves you.Love is patient.
  • 00:20:42.624 --> 00:20:45.761
  • Love is patient.That's a tough one.
  • 00:20:45.827 --> 00:20:47.696
  • That's a tough one.Love is patient.
  • 00:20:47.763 --> 00:20:49.398
  • Love is patient.Love knows how to wait.
  • 00:20:49.564 --> 00:20:53.068
  • Love knows how to wait.Lust does not know how to wait.
  • 00:20:53.135 --> 00:20:55.804
  • Lust does not know how to wait.Love knows how to wait.
  • 00:20:55.871 --> 00:20:57.506
  • Love knows how to wait.Love is willing to wait.
  • 00:20:57.572 --> 00:21:00.409
  • Love is willing to wait.So, ask yourself the question:
  • 00:21:00.475 --> 00:21:01.943
  • So, ask yourself the question:do you find yourself in
  • 00:21:02.010 --> 00:21:03.145
  • do you find yourself insituations where you don't want
  • 00:21:03.211 --> 00:21:06.014
  • situations where you don't wantto wait?
  • 00:21:06.081 --> 00:21:08.517
  • to wait?It's dangerous not to know how
  • 00:21:08.950 --> 00:21:11.453
  • It's dangerous not to know howto wait for love to fulfill
  • 00:21:11.520 --> 00:21:13.455
  • to wait for love to fulfillitself.
  • 00:21:13.522 --> 00:21:15.957
  • itself.Love is very patient; and love,
  • 00:21:16.124 --> 00:21:19.695
  • Love is very patient; and love,in essence, is really a choice
  • 00:21:19.761 --> 00:21:21.063
  • in essence, is really a choicewe make.
  • 00:21:21.129 --> 00:21:22.698
  • we make.It's not a feeling,
  • 00:21:22.764 --> 00:21:23.732
  • It's not a feeling,it's a choice.
  • 00:21:23.799 --> 00:21:25.100
  • it's a choice.Now, there is a feeling that
  • 00:21:25.233 --> 00:21:26.034
  • Now, there is a feeling thatgoes with it, but ultimately
  • 00:21:26.401 --> 00:21:28.003
  • goes with it, but ultimatelyit's a choice.
  • 00:21:28.070 --> 00:21:29.771
  • it's a choice.It's a choice based on who you
  • 00:21:29.838 --> 00:21:31.306
  • It's a choice based on who youare and what God wants it for
  • 00:21:31.373 --> 00:21:34.810
  • are and what God wants it foryour life, wants to accomplish
  • 00:21:34.876 --> 00:21:36.878
  • your life, wants to accomplishin your life, not on the basis
  • 00:21:36.945 --> 00:21:39.314
  • in your life, not on the basisof anybody else, no matter what
  • 00:21:39.381 --> 00:21:41.216
  • of anybody else, no matter whatthey may say.
  • 00:21:41.283 --> 00:21:42.751
  • they may say.And the best picture of love is
  • 00:21:42.851 --> 00:21:45.253
  • And the best picture of love isthe cross.
  • 00:21:45.320 --> 00:21:47.155
  • the cross.Jesus's death on the cross is
  • 00:21:47.222 --> 00:21:50.258
  • Jesus's death on the cross isthe perfect example of love.
  • 00:21:50.759 --> 00:21:53.562
  • the perfect example of love.He loved the world and nobody
  • 00:21:53.628 --> 00:21:56.531
  • He loved the world and nobodyseemed to appear to love Him.
  • 00:21:56.598 --> 00:22:00.268
  • seemed to appear to love Him.And you may be in a situation or
  • 00:22:00.335 --> 00:22:02.504
  • And you may be in a situation orcircumstance in your life that
  • 00:22:02.571 --> 00:22:04.206
  • circumstance in your life thatyou don't feel loved at all.
  • 00:22:04.606 --> 00:22:07.576
  • you don't feel loved at all.And you're asking the question:
  • 00:22:07.642 --> 00:22:08.810
  • And you're asking the question:well, why should I keep trying
  • 00:22:08.877 --> 00:22:10.679
  • well, why should I keep tryingand trying and trying when
  • 00:22:10.746 --> 00:22:11.847
  • and trying and trying whennobody cares, nobody appreciates
  • 00:22:12.314 --> 00:22:13.648
  • nobody cares, nobody appreciatesme, nobody loves me?
  • 00:22:13.715 --> 00:22:15.550
  • me, nobody loves me?Listen, you just keep on loving
  • 00:22:15.617 --> 00:22:17.719
  • Listen, you just keep on lovingand something will happen.
  • 00:22:17.786 --> 00:22:21.056
  • and something will happen.Because remember this: when you
  • 00:22:21.123 --> 00:22:23.158
  • Because remember this: when youlove, you're acting the most
  • 00:22:23.225 --> 00:22:25.861
  • love, you're acting the mostlike Jesus.
  • 00:22:25.927 --> 00:22:28.630
  • like Jesus.And therefore, He's on your
  • 00:22:28.697 --> 00:22:30.232
  • And therefore, He's on yourside.
  • 00:22:30.298 --> 00:22:31.700
  • side.Not loving to get, loving
  • 00:22:31.767 --> 00:22:33.602
  • Not loving to get, lovingbecause that's who you are.
  • 00:22:33.835 --> 00:22:36.471
  • because that's who you are.And loving has an awesome effect
  • 00:22:36.538 --> 00:22:37.973
  • And loving has an awesome effectupon us.
  • 00:22:38.039 --> 00:22:39.307
  • upon us.It makes it possible for us to
  • 00:22:39.474 --> 00:22:41.376
  • It makes it possible for us togive, it makes it possible for
  • 00:22:41.910 --> 00:22:42.978
  • give, it makes it possible forus to love in return.
  • 00:22:43.278 --> 00:22:45.113
  • us to love in return.So, I would simply ask you the
  • 00:22:45.180 --> 00:22:46.615
  • So, I would simply ask you thequestion: do you love someone?
  • 00:22:46.681 --> 00:22:49.451
  • question: do you love someone?Do you love Jesus?
  • 00:22:49.518 --> 00:22:51.286
  • Do you love Jesus?Have you ever accepted His love?
  • 00:22:51.353 --> 00:22:53.855
  • Have you ever accepted His love?If you want to really love in
  • 00:22:53.922 --> 00:22:55.190
  • If you want to really love inlife, here's where you start.
  • 00:22:55.323 --> 00:22:57.592
  • life, here's where you start.Not reading a magazine,
  • 00:22:57.793 --> 00:22:59.561
  • Not reading a magazine,read the Bible.
  • 00:22:59.628 --> 00:23:00.729
  • read the Bible.Here's where you start.
  • 00:23:00.862 --> 00:23:02.197
  • Here's where you start.Not talking to others, talk
  • 00:23:02.264 --> 00:23:03.932
  • Not talking to others, talkto Jesus.
  • 00:23:03.999 --> 00:23:05.000
  • to Jesus.If you really want life at its
  • 00:23:05.133 --> 00:23:06.835
  • If you really want life at itsbest, it has to be rooted and
  • 00:23:07.002 --> 00:23:10.505
  • best, it has to be rooted andgrounded in the foundation of
  • 00:23:10.572 --> 00:23:13.241
  • grounded in the foundation ofgodly love.
  • 00:23:13.308 --> 00:23:14.743
  • godly love.And that is my prayer for you.
  • 00:23:14.843 --> 00:23:16.645
  • And that is my prayer for you.And that's where it all starts:
  • 00:23:16.745 --> 00:23:19.047
  • And that's where it all starts:accepting the death of Jesus
  • 00:23:19.481 --> 00:23:20.649
  • accepting the death of JesusChrist on the cross is the
  • 00:23:20.982 --> 00:23:21.850
  • Christ on the cross is thegreatest act of love ever known.
  • 00:23:21.917 --> 00:23:24.653
  • greatest act of love ever known.And He died to pay our sin debt
  • 00:23:25.220 --> 00:23:26.388
  • And He died to pay our sin debtin full.
  • 00:23:26.455 --> 00:23:27.489
  • in full.All the mess you've made of your
  • 00:23:27.789 --> 00:23:29.157
  • All the mess you've made of yourlife, all the bad things you've
  • 00:23:29.224 --> 00:23:31.893
  • life, all the bad things you'vedone, all the regrets that you
  • 00:23:31.960 --> 00:23:34.429
  • done, all the regrets that youhave, His love just washes all
  • 00:23:34.496 --> 00:23:37.732
  • have, His love just washes allthat away.
  • 00:23:37.799 --> 00:23:38.934
  • that away.He's willing to forgive you.
  • 00:23:39.000 --> 00:23:40.302
  • He's willing to forgive you.Listen, and He will remember
  • 00:23:40.368 --> 00:23:42.003
  • Listen, and He will rememberyour sins no more when you
  • 00:23:42.070 --> 00:23:45.307
  • your sins no more when yourepent of them before Him.
  • 00:23:45.740 --> 00:23:47.409
  • repent of them before Him.And I would ask you to look at
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  • And I would ask you to look atyour life.
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  • your life.It's not what you want it to be.
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  • It's not what you want it to be.It's empty in a lot of ways.
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  • It's empty in a lot of ways.You've got everything money can
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  • You've got everything money canbuy, but you don't have the most
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  • buy, but you don't have the mostimportant thing, and that's
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  • important thing, and that'slove, love for God and the
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  • love, love for God and theability to receive the love of
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  • ability to receive the love ofGod, the ability to love other
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  • God, the ability to love otherpeople and to receive their
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  • people and to receive theirlove.
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  • love.If you don't have love, you are
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  • If you don't have love, you areempty.
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  • empty.You are poor.
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  • You are poor.You are wretched.
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  • You are wretched.You are needy.
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  • You are needy.And the only person who can
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  • And the only person who cansatisfy that is the One who went
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  • satisfy that is the One who wentto the cross for you, and that's
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  • to the cross for you, and that'sJesus Christ.
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  • Jesus Christ.And I pray that you'll ask the
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  • And I pray that you'll ask theLord to forgive you of your sin,
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  • Lord to forgive you of your sin,surrender your life to Him, let
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  • surrender your life to Him, letHim help you begin to live life
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  • Him help you begin to live lifeat its best.
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  • at its best.And that's with Jesus Christ as
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  • And that's with Jesus Christ asyour Savior, your Lord, and
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  • your Savior, your Lord, andyour Master.
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  • your Master.Amen?
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  • Amen?And Father, how grateful we are
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  • And Father, how grateful we arethat Your love for us is beyond
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  • that Your love for us is beyondour explanation and beyond our
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  • our explanation and beyond ourability to explain fully.
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  • ability to explain fully.I pray that every person who
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  • I pray that every person whohears this message will take it
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  • hears this message will take itto heart, get honest with
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  • to heart, get honest withthemselves, get right with You,
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  • themselves, get right with You,Lord, and begin living for the
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  • Lord, and begin living for thefirst time in their life.
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  • first time in their life.Whether they are sixteen or
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  • Whether they are sixteen oreighty-six, life begins at the
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  • eighty-six, life begins at thecross with Jesus Christ.
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  • cross with Jesus Christ.And we say thank You for that,
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  • And we say thank You for that,in His name, amen.
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  • - announcer: If you've been
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  • - announcer: If you've beenblessed by today's program,
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  • blessed by today's program,please visit us at intouch.org.
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  • - female announcer: Freedom,
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  • - female announcer: Freedom,it's a struggle.
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  • it's a struggle.A fight to live as God intended
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  • A fight to live as God intendedfrom the beginning, but until
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  • from the beginning, but untilwe leave behind the burdens that
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  • we leave behind the burdens thatkeep us from freedom,
  • 00:25:47.796 --> 00:25:51.266
  • keep us from freedom,we'll never truly experience the
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  • we'll never truly experience theabundant life Jesus came
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  • abundant life Jesus cameto liberate us for.
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  • to liberate us for.Are you ready?
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  • Are you ready?Join us this year as we learn
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  • Join us this year as we learnhow to fully receive the life
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  • how to fully receive the lifeJesus has promised to everyone
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  • Jesus has promised to everyonewho calls on his name.
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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: We have
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  • - Dr. Charles Stanley: We havea divine obligation to touch the
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  • a divine obligation to touch thehearts of every generation.
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  • hearts of every generation.That's why I'm excited to
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  • That's why I'm excited tointroduce you to "Wondermore,"
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  • introduce you to "Wondermore,"from In Touch Ministries.
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  • - male announcer: What do you
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  • - male announcer: What do youget when you combine four best
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  • get when you combine four bestfriends, fun adventures, and
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  • friends, fun adventures, anda magical playland?
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  • a magical playland?"Wondermore."
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  • "Wondermore."In Touch Ministries brings you
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  • In Touch Ministries brings youan all-new series that focuses
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  • an all-new series that focuseson teaching the next generation
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  • on teaching the next generationabout friendship, kindness,
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  • about friendship, kindness,and God's love.
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  • and God's love.♪ Whole wide world in ♪
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  • ♪ Whole wide world in ♪♪ his hands. ♪
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  • - announcer: Follow George,
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  • - announcer: Follow George,Milly, Whirly, Yimzy, and the
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  • rest of the "Wondermore" family
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  • rest of the "Wondermore" familyas they play all while being in
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  • as they play all while being ina fantastical play land.
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  • a fantastical play land."Wondermore's" lovable
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  • "Wondermore's" lovablecharacters and exciting stories
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  • characters and exciting storiespromote healthy, social,
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  • promote healthy, social,emotional learning with
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  • emotional learning withChristian values and will keep
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  • Christian values and will keepyour preschooler coming back
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  • for more.
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  • "Wondermore."
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  • For more information go to
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  • wondermorekids.com.
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  • - announcer: "In Touch,"
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  • leading people worldwide into
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  • a growing relationship with
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  • Jesus Christ and strengthening
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  • the local church.
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  • This program is sponsored by
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  • In Touch Ministries and is made
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  • possible by the grace of God and
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  • your faithful prayers and gifts.
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