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A Life of Love

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November 20, 2020
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Discover what it means to love others the way God loves us.

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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Each of ushas just one life to live.
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  • Our life should count.
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  • It should matter.
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  • It should have purpose and,frankly, it should be amazing.
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  • But as I look around me,I see lives lived in disarray,
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  • in defeat, and discouragement.
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  • I've been deeply burdenedabout this because, you see,
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  • an unfulfilled lifeis just no way to exist.
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  • And from what I read in theScripture, God promises us
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  • a life of blessings beyondour comprehension, literally
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  • a life beyond amazing.
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  • So I asked a few friendsof mine, friends who I believe
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  • demonstrate a life beyondamazing, to sit down together
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  • with me and discuss whatit takes to live a vibrant
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  • and victorious life.
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  • We gathered together for a mealin San Diego and what you're
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  • about to see is a partof our amazing conversation.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: I wannathank you for joining me today.
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  • We're gonna talk about lovefor a few minutes.
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  • It's kind of like,where it all began.
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  • So, you know, if you readin the Scripture, love
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  • is at the top of every list.
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  • But most peopledon't know what it is.
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  • Bobby Schuller: That's right.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: I believe loveis the key ingredient
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  • to a relationship not onlywith God but with others.
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  • Why do you thinkit's the cornerstone
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  • of the Christian faith?
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  • Kirk Cousins: Well, the Biblesays, you know, we love
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  • because he first loved us.
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  • You know, he set the example, hedisplayed that on the cross, and
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  • so it is the cornerstone, as yousaid, because it's what it's all
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  • about and because of his lovefor us is the only reason
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  • we even have the opportunityto relate to him
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  • in the first place.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Is therea place for love in the business
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  • world, David?
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  • David Green: You know,I think in the business world
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  • we ought to see ourselves--asemployers, we ought to see
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  • ourselves as caring aboutour people and their families.
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  • And this is one of the thingsthat we want to do
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  • at Hobby Lobby,is we want to make sure
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  • that we do the very bestwe can for our employees.
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  • We love our families and wenurture them and care about them
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  • but we should also careabout our employees' families.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: You know,somebody told me once, David,
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  • that the difference betweenleadership in the world and in
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  • the church is like this: in theworld it's the triangle and you
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  • try to make your way to the top.
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  • Most people say, "Step onwhoever you have to to get there
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  • and when you're at the top youlook down and here's all these
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  • people that are serving you.
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  • But when you become a Christianthe triangle's turned upside
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  • down and it's no longer how manypeople are serving you, it's how
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  • many people are you serving,"and you model that
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  • at Hobby Lobby andit's really cool to watch that.
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  • Do you sing about love?
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  • Mandisa: Well, I thinkI do in a different way.
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  • For me, love is reflectedin a lot of different ways and
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  • I try to pray 1 Corinthians 13and so I pray, "Lord, help me
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  • to grow in patience.
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  • Help me to grow in kindness."
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  • And I heard you once say, "Don'tpray for patience because you're
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  • gonna have to be in situationsthat are gonna be testing your
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  • patience," but I try to growin my love in praying Scripture
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  • over myself and then asking Godto help me to be
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  • a 1 Corinthians 13kind of a person where I am
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  • displaying loveto everybody that I meet.
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  • Bobby: You know,for Christians, well, for human
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  • beings, the greatest needis to bond deeply with others.
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  • And that's what you seeis that when people get saved
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  • in the acts church, they don't,just like, get saved and then go
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  • on a personal journey alone.
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  • They get saved into a community
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  • where they're doing life withother people and then the church
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  • just says, "Yeah, come here,we love you, you know,
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  • we'll take you in."
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  • When Paul calls us the body ofChrist, he means it literally.
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  • We put skin on God.We're the new temple.
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  • That means, Dr. J., when yougive me a hug or a handshake,
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  • that's Jesus giving that to me.
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  • When you pray for me,that's Christ praying for me.
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  • And so what you're teaching andyou're right on is that love,
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  • it means you care about people.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah:And so what is love?
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  • It's what you do.
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  • And like you said, Bobby,it's a lifestyle.
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  • It's letting the love of Godbe shed abroad in your hearts
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  • so that you touch other people.
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  • And if we could learn that,we could change a lot that goes
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  • on in our churches, in ourcommunities, in our world.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: As I sat withmy friends and reflected on what
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  • was shared, I was once againreminded that love is a
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  • decision, a decision thattransforms one's life and in the
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  • next few minutes I will sharewith you how a life of love
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  • is necessary in orderto live a life beyond amazing.
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • announcer: What are the signsof a life beyond amazing?
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  • Among them, joy that is notdependent on circumstance,
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  • integrity that settlesfor no exceptions,
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  • and self-disciplinethat stands firm.
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  • But how do you get theminto your life?
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  • It takes a decision; actually,nine decisions each day
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  • to commit these into your heartand actions.
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  • Discover the steps to the lifeof blessings God has for you
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  • in Dr. David Jeremiah'sinspiring book,
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  • "A Life Beyond Amazing:9 Decisions That Will Transform
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  • Your Life Today."
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  • Order this transformational bookfrom Dr. Jeremiah today when you
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  • give a gift of any amountin support of this program,
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  • and if you give $60 or more,Dr. Jeremiah will send you
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  • Scripture cards.
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  • Decide today to start livinga life beyond what you thought
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  • ♪♪♪
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Countrysuperstar Alan Jackson made
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  • a fortune singing love songswith words like this:
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  • "When somebody loves youthere's nothing you can't do.
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  • When somebody loves youit's easy to get through."
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  • That sentiment may not beabsolutely true but it's a whole
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  • lot better than the old countryclassic that goes like this:
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  • "I went back to my fourth wifefor the third time and gave her
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  • a second chance to makea first-class fool out of me."
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  • That actually is a song.
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  • I gotta tell you that aftera lifetime of ministry, I've
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  • observed that the whole ideaof love makes fools
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  • out of a lot of people.
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  • When you talk about love,you are talking about something
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  • that people write, talk,and sing about so much
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  • and I believe thatone of the reasons that's true
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  • is because there's a holein the human heart and we need
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  • reassurance and affectionand fellowship.
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  • Love is the oxygen of the soul
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  • and we have to have it.
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  • The first thing that an infantneeds at birth is to be held
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  • and hugged by a loving parent,and the presence of love brings
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  • a lifetime of blessing.
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  • When we receive Jesus Christas our personal Savior,
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  • the very love of Godis poured into our hearts.
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  • Did you know that?
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  • The Bible tells us that he pourshis love into our hearts by his
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  • Holy Spirit and that love growswithin us just like grapes grow
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  • on a vine and the fruitof the Spirit is love.
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  • And this loveisn't just a sensation.
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  • It's not just a warm feelingaround here, in your body.
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  • This love wears work glovesand handles the everyday nuts
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  • and bolts of life.
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  • It's very practical.
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  • It hugs the lonely, it feeds thehungry, it tends the sick, it
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  • comforts the sorrowful, and itputs up with the insufferable.
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  • It's kind and long-suffering,it's pure and perceptive
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  • and positive in its outlook.
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  • It is truly oneof the foundations of a life
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  • beyond amazing.
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  • And here's the interesting thingabout it, folks.
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  • Until Jesus came to this earth,nobody ever had experienced
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  • that kind of love.
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  • The world's conceptof love before that
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  • was very self-centered.
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  • It was love that demandedsomething in return.
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  • It was love for what you couldget out of love but when God
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  • sent his Son as a love giftto this world, his special
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  • other-centered love was put ondisplay in Jesus Christ for all
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  • of us to watch and they calledthat love agape.
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  • That's the word in John 3:16:"For God so agape the world."
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  • Now let me tell you somethingthat will surprise some of you.
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  • Love is not an option.
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  • Love is a command.
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  • The command of loveis everywhere on display
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  • in the New Testamentand I find many believers
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  • are quite shockedat this because they've bought
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  • into the ideathat you can't command love.
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  • Love is something that's gonnakind of overtake you.
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  • You know, we talkabout it this way.
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  • We fell in love, like you'rewalking down the street
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  • and you fall into it, you know?
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  • Like something happens to you,you didn't have anything to do
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  • with it, you don't knowanything about it.
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  • I just--what happened to you?
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  • "Oh, I just fell in love."
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  • Well, the Bible tells usthat we are responsible
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  • to love one another.
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  • And I'm gonna read theseScriptures and I want you
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  • to notice how oftenthe word "command"
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  • or "commandment" shows up.
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  • The command to love.
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  • Here's what the Scripture says.
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  • John 13:34: "A new commandmentI give to you, that you love one
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  • another; as I have loved you,that you also love one another."
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  • John 15:12: "This is Mycommandment, that you love one
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  • another as I have loved you."
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  • John 15:17: "These thingsI command,
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  • that you love one another."
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  • 1 John 3:23: "And this isHis commandment: that we should
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  • believe on the name of the Sonof God and love one another,
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  • just as He gave us commandment."
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  • Now here's the questionthat you and I have to answer.
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  • Is it possible for usto obey that commandment?
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  • Can love be commanded?
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  • Can we love each otheras he has loved us?
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  • And based on the evidence thatyou observe today, you would
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  • have to see that most peoplehave taken that option
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  • off the table.
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  • No, love is not something theytake as a responsibility but
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  • something they get to do if itso happens to be right for them.
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  • I hear guys all thetime--earlier when I was doing
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  • a lot more counseling than I donow, guys would say,
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  • "Well, Pastor Jeremiah, I justgotta tell you, I don't love her
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  • anymore," like they have anoption not to love her anymore.
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  • The Bible says,"Husbands, love your wives."
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  • What part of that don't we get?
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  • "Well, what if I don't feellike it?"
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  • That isn't anythingto do with it.
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  • Love her anyway.
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  • Because love isn't a feeling;love is an action.
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  • Love is a response.Love is a verb.
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  • Love is what we do morethan what we feel.
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  • The feelings comeafter the action.
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  • In the New Testament bookof Revelation when the Ephesian
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  • church had lost its first love,
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  • what is it that God told themto do?
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  • "Go backand do the first works."
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  • He didn't say, "Go back and sitaround and see if the feeling
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  • comes back."
  • 00:11:37.813 --> 00:11:39.115
  • He said, "Go back and dothe first works."
  • 00:11:39.148 --> 00:11:41.951
  • In fact, inthe New Testament Scriptures--
  • 00:11:41.984 --> 00:11:43.686
  • listen to this--we are commanded55 different times to love.
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  • And all of these commandsare given to us in different
  • 00:11:48.991 --> 00:11:53.062
  • contexts, in different settings.
  • 00:11:53.095 --> 00:11:54.897
  • They affect us as parents,they affect us as children,
  • 00:11:54.930 --> 00:11:58.834
  • they affect us as individuals.
  • 00:11:58.868 --> 00:12:00.603
  • These commands affect us asmembers of the local church.
  • 00:12:00.636 --> 00:12:04.673
  • Even the New Testament holds outfor us what seems to be
  • 00:12:04.707 --> 00:12:07.576
  • impossible, that we should loveour enemies, and Jesus Christ
  • 00:12:07.610 --> 00:12:11.514
  • apparently thought that wasimportant enough to leave us
  • 00:12:11.547 --> 00:12:14.517
  • with a vivid illustration as hehung on the cross and forgave
  • 00:12:14.550 --> 00:12:18.587
  • the people that put him there.
  • 00:12:18.621 --> 00:12:22.291
  • Of those 55 commands to love,21 of them are commands
  • 00:12:22.324 --> 00:12:27.062
  • for us to love one another.
  • 00:12:27.096 --> 00:12:30.633
  • God commands the impossibleand then he gives us his ability
  • 00:12:30.666 --> 00:12:35.037
  • to accomplish this love.
  • 00:12:35.070 --> 00:12:37.573
  • So how do we cultivatethis love in our lives?
  • 00:12:37.606 --> 00:12:39.842
  • How do we cultivatethis command?
  • 00:12:39.875 --> 00:12:41.911
  • As with all the character traitswe are studying in this series,
  • 00:12:41.944 --> 00:12:44.814
  • let me tell you we areresponsible for developing
  • 00:12:44.847 --> 00:12:48.350
  • God's gift to us of love.
  • 00:12:48.384 --> 00:12:49.785
  • Remember now, God pours outhis love to us when we're saved.
  • 00:12:49.819 --> 00:12:52.588
  • He gives us this depositof love.
  • 00:12:52.621 --> 00:12:55.124
  • But he doesn't give that to usjust so that it can sit there
  • 00:12:55.157 --> 00:12:57.893
  • and not be responded to by us.
  • 00:12:57.927 --> 00:13:00.129
  • We're to take that loveand take it to the next level.
  • 00:13:00.162 --> 00:13:05.100
  • We are to say, "This is God'sgift to me and I'm gonna take
  • 00:13:05.134 --> 00:13:09.438
  • this and give a gift back to himout of what he's given to me."
  • 00:13:09.471 --> 00:13:13.642
  • Paul summarized the wordsof 1 Corinthians 13
  • 00:13:13.676 --> 00:13:17.279
  • in this statementat the end of the love chapter.
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  • You know it well.
  • 00:13:19.448 --> 00:13:21.050
  • "And now abideth faith, hope,love, these three; but the
  • 00:13:21.083 --> 00:13:23.919
  • greatest of these is love."
  • 00:13:23.953 --> 00:13:26.889
  • Now, that seems like that's theend of the discussion of love.
  • 00:13:26.922 --> 00:13:30.826
  • But unfortunately, there isa chapter division between
  • 00:13:30.860 --> 00:13:34.830
  • 13 and 14 which I thinkshouldn't be there.
  • 00:13:34.864 --> 00:13:38.167
  • It's arbitrary.
  • 00:13:38.200 --> 00:13:39.501
  • By the way, the chapterdivisions in the Bible
  • 00:13:39.535 --> 00:13:41.103
  • are not inspired.
  • 00:13:41.136 --> 00:13:42.872
  • They were put there by peoplewho wanted to make the Bible
  • 00:13:42.905 --> 00:13:45.641
  • easier for us to read.
  • 00:13:45.674 --> 00:13:47.610
  • So you hear the summarystatement of what love
  • 00:13:47.643 --> 00:13:51.747
  • is at the end of chapter 13.
  • 00:13:51.780 --> 00:13:53.082
  • Do you know what the first verseof chapter 14 says?
  • 00:13:53.115 --> 00:13:56.352
  • It says: "Pursue love."
  • 00:13:56.385 --> 00:13:59.722
  • Here is what love looks like,the love that God
  • 00:13:59.755 --> 00:14:04.193
  • has given to you.
  • 00:14:04.226 --> 00:14:05.527
  • Accept it, rejoice in it,be thankful for it.
  • 00:14:05.561 --> 00:14:07.129
  • Now pursue it.
  • 00:14:07.162 --> 00:14:08.898
  • In other words, take control of
  • 00:14:08.931 --> 00:14:11.066
  • your own life and begin to askGod to help you learn
  • 00:14:11.100 --> 00:14:14.336
  • how to love better.
  • 00:14:14.370 --> 00:14:15.704
  • That's what I want in my life.
  • 00:14:15.738 --> 00:14:17.873
  • And here we have this primeexample of that seeming paradox
  • 00:14:17.907 --> 00:14:21.477
  • that stands at the centerof all of these traits.
  • 00:14:21.510 --> 00:14:24.513
  • The fruit is always a giftbut it is still something
  • 00:14:24.546 --> 00:14:28.717
  • that requires hard workon our behalf.
  • 00:14:28.751 --> 00:14:32.187
  • So that brings usto how we do this.
  • 00:14:32.221 --> 00:14:34.590
  • How do I becomea more loving person?
  • 00:14:34.623 --> 00:14:37.159
  • I've been commanded to love.
  • 00:14:37.192 --> 00:14:38.661
  • I hear people say this, "I justwasn't born with much love."
  • 00:14:38.694 --> 00:14:42.097
  • Or "I don't have--I'm just nota loving person," like once you
  • 00:14:42.131 --> 00:14:46.235
  • say that you're off the hook.
  • 00:14:46.268 --> 00:14:48.404
  • No, you just admittedwhere you are but you're really
  • 00:14:48.437 --> 00:14:50.539
  • on the hook now.
  • 00:14:50.572 --> 00:14:52.308
  • Nobody has a right to say,"Well, I know we're supposed to
  • 00:14:52.341 --> 00:14:54.443
  • do this but I just wasn't bornthat way."
  • 00:14:54.476 --> 00:14:57.246
  • I know some of you weren't bornwith a loving attitude
  • 00:14:57.279 --> 00:15:00.182
  • but that doesn't mean youaren't responsible to love.
  • 00:15:00.215 --> 00:15:03.185
  • So since love is both a giftand a task, here's the question
  • 00:15:03.218 --> 00:15:06.121
  • that challenges us in every oneof these discussions.
  • 00:15:06.155 --> 00:15:09.758
  • How can we becomemore loving people?
  • 00:15:09.792 --> 00:15:14.063
  • I'm a Christian.I know God.
  • 00:15:14.096 --> 00:15:16.065
  • I know that he pouredhis love into my heart.
  • 00:15:16.098 --> 00:15:17.900
  • I'm confident that God loves me.
  • 00:15:17.933 --> 00:15:19.234
  • John 3:16 is somethingI know well, but do you know
  • 00:15:19.268 --> 00:15:22.371
  • 1 John 3:16?
  • 00:15:22.404 --> 00:15:25.674
  • We all know John 3:16.
  • 00:15:25.708 --> 00:15:27.576
  • Do you know what 1 John 3:16looks like?
  • 00:15:27.609 --> 00:15:30.446
  • The 3:16s are kind of therefor us to remember.
  • 00:15:30.479 --> 00:15:33.682
  • "By this we know love, becauseHe laid down His life for us.
  • 00:15:33.716 --> 00:15:37.353
  • And we also ought to lay downour lives for the brethren."
  • 00:15:37.386 --> 00:15:42.825
  • That's 1 John 3:16.
  • 00:15:42.858 --> 00:15:45.461
  • And 1 John 4:11-12 is similarbecause "if God so loved us, we
  • 00:15:45.494 --> 00:15:50.299
  • also ought to love one another."
  • 00:15:50.332 --> 00:15:53.736
  • So let me just laythis principle out so
  • 00:15:53.769 --> 00:15:55.804
  • that we can all grab hold of it.
  • 00:15:55.838 --> 00:15:57.306
  • One of the ways you learn how tolove one another is by learning
  • 00:15:57.339 --> 00:16:00.576
  • how much God loved you in thefirst place, because if we're
  • 00:16:00.609 --> 00:16:04.413
  • supposed to love one another asGod has loved us, then we need
  • 00:16:04.446 --> 00:16:08.250
  • to learn more about how God hasloved us so that we can pattern
  • 00:16:08.283 --> 00:16:11.920
  • that in our lovefor one another.
  • 00:16:11.954 --> 00:16:15.724
  • Because God loved us,we are to love one another.
  • 00:16:15.758 --> 00:16:21.830
  • October 22, 2007, the firstmedal of honor was awarded
  • 00:16:21.864 --> 00:16:26.135
  • for combat in Afghanistan.
  • 00:16:26.168 --> 00:16:28.670
  • It was presented to the familyof Lieutenant Michael Murphy,
  • 00:16:28.704 --> 00:16:32.107
  • a Navy SEAL who gave his lifeto make a radio call
  • 00:16:32.141 --> 00:16:35.344
  • for help for his team.
  • 00:16:35.377 --> 00:16:38.180
  • Murphy and three other SEALswere sent on a mission
  • 00:16:38.213 --> 00:16:41.016
  • in June of 2005 into the rugged10.000 foot Afghan mountains,
  • 00:16:41.050 --> 00:16:45.287
  • searching for a known terroristand they apparently
  • 00:16:45.320 --> 00:16:48.023
  • were spotted by local tribesmenwho reported them to
  • 00:16:48.057 --> 00:16:51.226
  • the Taliban and Murphy's teamwas trapped by 50 enemy troops
  • 00:16:51.260 --> 00:16:55.497
  • who surrounded them on 3 sides,forced them into a ravine
  • 00:16:55.531 --> 00:16:58.700
  • and all 4 men began to sustainwounds and were out
  • 00:16:58.734 --> 00:17:02.237
  • of ammunition.
  • 00:17:02.271 --> 00:17:04.339
  • "We were hurting,"said the team's sole survivor,
  • 00:17:04.373 --> 00:17:07.609
  • Petty Officer 2nd ClassMarcus Luttrell.
  • 00:17:07.643 --> 00:17:10.479
  • "We were out of ammoand it was bad.
  • 00:17:10.512 --> 00:17:12.481
  • It was real bad.
  • 00:17:12.514 --> 00:17:14.783
  • But Murphy moved from man to manto keep his team together,
  • 00:17:14.817 --> 00:17:18.220
  • though he had to expose himselfto enemy fire to do it.
  • 00:17:18.253 --> 00:17:21.723
  • Then because the mountainousterrain blocked communications,
  • 00:17:21.757 --> 00:17:24.526
  • he had to move into the openarea and call for help.
  • 00:17:24.560 --> 00:17:27.162
  • Despite incoming fire, he calmlyprovided his unit's location
  • 00:17:27.196 --> 00:17:30.699
  • and informationabout opposing force.
  • 00:17:30.732 --> 00:17:34.169
  • While making the call, he tooktwo rounds in the back
  • 00:17:34.203 --> 00:17:37.606
  • and dropped the handset buthe managed to retrieve it and
  • 00:17:37.639 --> 00:17:41.610
  • complete the call, even tellingthe person at the other end,
  • 00:17:41.643 --> 00:17:45.614
  • "Thank you," while he wasin this wounded condition.
  • 00:17:45.647 --> 00:17:49.551
  • His dad, speaking to reportersafter his son had been killed in
  • 00:17:49.585 --> 00:17:53.956
  • action, said, "Here is a man whohad been shot in the stomach.
  • 00:17:53.989 --> 00:17:58.427
  • He'd been fightingwith this wound.
  • 00:17:58.460 --> 00:18:00.329
  • Then he gets shot in the backand then he still has the
  • 00:18:00.362 --> 00:18:02.865
  • presence of mind to say,'Thank you.'"
  • 00:18:02.898 --> 00:18:06.235
  • Petty Officer Luttrell survivedthe firestorm because
  • 00:18:06.268 --> 00:18:08.770
  • he was blasted over the ridge bya rocket-propelled grenade,
  • 00:18:08.804 --> 00:18:11.507
  • knocked unconscious,and rescued by local villagers
  • 00:18:11.540 --> 00:18:15.077
  • who refused to turn himover to the Taliban.
  • 00:18:15.110 --> 00:18:18.113
  • He was later transported toa Marine outpost and he owed
  • 00:18:18.147 --> 00:18:21.350
  • his life to Lieutenant Murphy.
  • 00:18:21.383 --> 00:18:25.020
  • I can't imagine the love,respect, and gratitude that
  • 00:18:25.053 --> 00:18:26.955
  • he feels today for his fallencompanion, to know that a buddy
  • 00:18:26.989 --> 00:18:31.093
  • willingly and without hesitationexposed himself to enemy fire
  • 00:18:31.126 --> 00:18:34.796
  • to save him.
  • 00:18:34.830 --> 00:18:36.632
  • That must bea lifelong appreciation.
  • 00:18:36.665 --> 00:18:40.369
  • Not many of us will ever seethat kind of courage or love in
  • 00:18:40.402 --> 00:18:43.172
  • our own personal lives 'cause itdoesn't happen that often.
  • 00:18:43.205 --> 00:18:46.575
  • The "me" generation has turnedinto "it's all about me"
  • 00:18:46.608 --> 00:18:50.145
  • generation and, if we're notcareful, even in our churches,
  • 00:18:50.179 --> 00:18:53.582
  • we become consumer centerswhere everyone wants his
  • 00:18:53.615 --> 00:18:56.919
  • or her own style of worshipor set of programs.
  • 00:18:56.952 --> 00:19:01.723
  • But the Bible says this:"While we were yet sinners,
  • 00:19:01.757 --> 00:19:05.394
  • Christ died for us."
  • 00:19:05.427 --> 00:19:08.764
  • There's only one symbol that Ithink is greater than the medal
  • 00:19:08.797 --> 00:19:11.166
  • of honor and that's the crossof Calvary.
  • 00:19:11.200 --> 00:19:15.170
  • And I think it would help usif we used our imagination once
  • 00:19:15.204 --> 00:19:17.739
  • in a while just to consider howsimilar our plight was to that
  • 00:19:17.773 --> 00:19:21.143
  • of Murphy's team, trapped by theenemy, outnumbered, wounded and
  • 00:19:21.176 --> 00:19:24.346
  • hopeless, and yet one man stoodup and stretched out his arms
  • 00:19:24.379 --> 00:19:29.618
  • and saved us.
  • 00:19:29.651 --> 00:19:32.120
  • There's something aboutthat picture that moves us and
  • 00:19:32.154 --> 00:19:35.524
  • I think it's no accident thatJesus died
  • 00:19:35.557 --> 00:19:37.859
  • with outstretched arms.
  • 00:19:37.893 --> 00:19:39.962
  • It was his way of embracingthe whole world and reaching out
  • 00:19:39.995 --> 00:19:44.833
  • for you and me.
  • 00:19:44.866 --> 00:19:46.835
  • The second thing we need to dois pursue genuine love.
  • 00:19:46.868 --> 00:19:51.373
  • Did you know that in
  • 00:19:51.406 --> 00:19:53.375
  • John 13:35 it says: "By this thewhole world will know whether
  • 00:19:53.408 --> 00:19:57.679
  • or not we are Christiansif we love one another."
  • 00:19:57.713 --> 00:20:00.349
  • You expect that to say, "By thisthe whole world will know we are
  • 00:20:00.382 --> 00:20:02.818
  • Christians if we come to churchor if we pray or if we give
  • 00:20:02.851 --> 00:20:06.188
  • to the offering."
  • 00:20:06.221 --> 00:20:07.522
  • Doesn't say any of that.
  • 00:20:07.556 --> 00:20:08.857
  • It says: "By this shall everyone
  • 00:20:08.890 --> 00:20:10.292
  • know that youand I are a Christian
  • 00:20:10.325 --> 00:20:12.628
  • by how we love one another."
  • 00:20:12.661 --> 00:20:14.596
  • That's the badge of ourdiscipleship and it's no wonder
  • 00:20:14.630 --> 00:20:17.866
  • that the watching world lookssometimes at the church which
  • 00:20:17.899 --> 00:20:21.403
  • seems to be more about fightingand griping and complaining and
  • 00:20:21.436 --> 00:20:24.673
  • all of that, and they don't wantany part of it because it
  • 00:20:24.706 --> 00:20:27.376
  • doesn't seem genuine.
  • 00:20:27.409 --> 00:20:28.710
  • It doesn't seem real.
  • 00:20:28.744 --> 00:20:30.812
  • This was very much of a problemin the New Testament.
  • 00:20:30.846 --> 00:20:33.982
  • Here's the third thing I wantto share with you and I'll just
  • 00:20:34.016 --> 00:20:35.717
  • give you this principle:"Pray for greater love."
  • 00:20:35.751 --> 00:20:40.289
  • If you don't feel like you'rereally as loving as you ought
  • 00:20:40.322 --> 00:20:42.491
  • to be, ask God to help you.
  • 00:20:42.524 --> 00:20:43.825
  • God wants us to be loving peopleand he doesn't mind if we come
  • 00:20:43.859 --> 00:20:47.162
  • and ask him to help us.
  • 00:20:47.195 --> 00:20:49.064
  • And if you have somebody inyour life who's not very loving
  • 00:20:49.097 --> 00:20:51.900
  • toward you and others, you mightwant to pray for them that God
  • 00:20:51.933 --> 00:20:54.970
  • would give them somemore love, too.
  • 00:20:55.003 --> 00:20:58.473
  • Then don't be afraid to risk.
  • 00:20:58.507 --> 00:21:00.976
  • That's number four.
  • 00:21:01.009 --> 00:21:02.611
  • If you want to grow in your lovefor others, don't think
  • 00:21:02.644 --> 00:21:05.147
  • it's a safe way to go.
  • 00:21:05.180 --> 00:21:07.149
  • How many of you know it's neversafe to love anybody
  • 00:21:07.182 --> 00:21:09.351
  • 'cause they can hurt you?
  • 00:21:09.384 --> 00:21:10.819
  • We've often said in ourdiscussions at home, that
  • 00:21:10.852 --> 00:21:14.189
  • sometimes the people you helpthe most are the ones
  • 00:21:14.222 --> 00:21:16.391
  • who hurt you the worst.
  • 00:21:16.425 --> 00:21:18.126
  • Isn't that something?
  • 00:21:18.160 --> 00:21:19.728
  • But that's one of the thingsyou have to guard against.
  • 00:21:19.761 --> 00:21:21.997
  • You cannot stop loving simplybecause you're afraid
  • 00:21:22.030 --> 00:21:25.233
  • that if you love you'll be hurt.
  • 00:21:25.267 --> 00:21:26.868
  • Maybe you've gone througha relationship and it just ended
  • 00:21:26.902 --> 00:21:29.504
  • up so bad and you've saidin your heart,
  • 00:21:29.538 --> 00:21:31.973
  • "I'm never getting involvedwith anybody else again.
  • 00:21:32.007 --> 00:21:34.376
  • This was so awful."
  • 00:21:34.409 --> 00:21:36.144
  • Let me read to you whatC.S. Lewis said about this.
  • 00:21:36.178 --> 00:21:39.147
  • He said, "To love at allis to be vulnerable.
  • 00:21:39.181 --> 00:21:41.550
  • Love anything and your heartwill certainly be wrung
  • 00:21:41.583 --> 00:21:44.286
  • and possibly broken.
  • 00:21:44.319 --> 00:21:46.221
  • If you want to make sure ofkeeping it intact, you must give
  • 00:21:46.254 --> 00:21:48.623
  • your heart to no one,not even an animal.
  • 00:21:48.657 --> 00:21:52.561
  • Wrap it carefully around withhobbies and little luxuries.
  • 00:21:52.594 --> 00:21:55.731
  • Avoid all entanglements.
  • 00:21:55.764 --> 00:21:57.065
  • Lock it up safe in the casketor coffin of your selfishness,
  • 00:21:57.099 --> 00:22:00.001
  • but in that casket, safe, dark,motionless, airless,
  • 00:22:00.035 --> 00:22:03.538
  • it will change.
  • 00:22:03.572 --> 00:22:04.873
  • It will not be broken,it will become unbreakable,
  • 00:22:04.906 --> 00:22:07.576
  • impenetrable, irredeemable.
  • 00:22:07.609 --> 00:22:10.212
  • The alternative to tragedy orat least to the risk of tragedy
  • 00:22:10.245 --> 00:22:13.882
  • is damnation.
  • 00:22:13.915 --> 00:22:15.851
  • The only place outside of heavenwhere you can be perfectly
  • 00:22:15.884 --> 00:22:18.754
  • safe from all the dangers andperturbations of love is hell."
  • 00:22:18.787 --> 00:22:25.360
  • You've got to be willing to riskand then here's the last one
  • 00:22:25.394 --> 00:22:29.464
  • and we're done.
  • 00:22:29.498 --> 00:22:31.466
  • Practice love every day.
  • 00:22:31.500 --> 00:22:35.904
  • "Therefore be imitatorsof God as dear children,"
  • 00:22:35.937 --> 00:22:38.173
  • the Scripture says.
  • 00:22:38.206 --> 00:22:39.508
  • "And walk in love."
  • 00:22:39.541 --> 00:22:40.842
  • How many of you know walkingis one step at a time?
  • 00:22:40.876 --> 00:22:43.111
  • Just as we learn to walk onestep at a time, we learn to
  • 00:22:43.145 --> 00:22:45.380
  • love, one loving act at a time.
  • 00:22:45.414 --> 00:22:47.816
  • 1 Corinthians 16:14 says:"Let everything you
  • 00:22:47.849 --> 00:22:50.719
  • do be done with love."
  • 00:22:50.752 --> 00:22:53.522
  • So here's the essenceof the message.
  • 00:22:53.555 --> 00:22:58.660
  • Find out how much God loves youand take that love
  • 00:22:58.693 --> 00:23:04.232
  • and be a distributor.
  • 00:23:04.266 --> 00:23:06.735
  • Take that love and love others.
  • 00:23:06.768 --> 00:23:09.604
  • Every time you think, "I don'tknow if I can love that person,"
  • 00:23:09.638 --> 00:23:12.174
  • stop for a moment and rememberhow much God loved you, what
  • 00:23:12.207 --> 00:23:16.611
  • he not only saved you from inthe past, but what he might have
  • 00:23:16.645 --> 00:23:19.815
  • saved you from in the future.
  • 00:23:19.848 --> 00:23:21.450
  • Remember, the Bible says Godloved us when we were
  • 00:23:21.483 --> 00:23:24.186
  • without any reason to be loved,sinful, rebellious.
  • 00:23:24.219 --> 00:23:29.724
  • Not looking for love,God reached out to us.
  • 00:23:29.758 --> 00:23:33.061
  • That's the quality of lovehe wants us
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  • to develop as believers.
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  • And when we do, I want to tellyou if you've ever experienced
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  • even a little bit of this,it's an amazing life.
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  • To love others isthe greatest reward you will
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  • ever get in your life.
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  • announcer: Dr. Jeremiahwill return with one more
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  • inspirational word to closetoday's "A Life Beyond Amazing"
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  • program right after this.
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  • announcer: Discover the stepsto the life of blessings
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  • God has for youin Dr. David Jeremiah's
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  • inspiring book,"A Life Beyond Amazing:
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  • 9 Decisions That Will TransformYour Life Today."
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  • Order this transformational bookfrom Dr. Jeremiah today when you
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  • and if you give $60 or more,Dr. Jeremiah will send you
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  • announcer: And now, with onelast word for today's program,
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  • here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: It's ironic,isn't it, that the thing the
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  • world needs most, love,is the thing the world
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  • understands the least.
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  • Our culture has an abundanceof counterfeit love that
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  • is incapable of satisfyingthe longing of the soul.
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  • If you and I are going to livea life beyond amazing
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  • we must first learn to lovethe way God loves.
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  • Fortunately, we have thegreatest illustration of perfect
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  • love modeled for usby Jesus Christ
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  • when he died to provide usan abundant life today
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  • and heaven in the future.
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  • Understanding true loveultimately begins when we commit
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  • our life to Christ by faith.
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  • So to encourage you as you growin your knowledge of God's love,
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  • announcer:Next time on "Turning Point."
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  • announcer: Dr. Jeremiahcontinues his conversation with
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  • Bobby Schuller, Mandisa,David Green, and Kirk Cousins.
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  • And he teaches howwe can make the decision
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  • to live a life of joy.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: The Bible says,"Commit your way
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  • unto the Lord and he," what?
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  • "Gives you the desiresof your heart."
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  • But it doesn't start until yousay, "Yes," until you say,
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  • "Lord God, I want your joy.
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  • I know I'm not gonna get itmy way so here I am.
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  • Here's the page of my life.
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  • I've signed the bottom,you fill in the details."
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  • announcer: Thank youfor being with us today
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  • for Dr. Jeremiah's series,"A Life Beyond Amazing."
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  • Join us next timefor Dr. Jeremiah's message,
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  • "A Life of Joy,"here on "Turning Point."
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