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November 10, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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  • but is it taking you where you want to go?
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  • You can spend years searching for something you do not have,
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  • only to end up where you don't want to be.
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  • Exploring what the world has to offer we often find nothing.
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  • However, your journey through the twists and turns
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  • of this world doesn't have to put you
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  • on the path of discouragement and despair.
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  • Let me tell you how to take the journey of your lifetime.
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  • It's an adventure with God as your guide,
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  • where you'll discover the peace, the purpose,
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  • and the power you've been seeking.
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  • It's a journey of unimaginable blessing
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  • and here is the amazing part:
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  • with God you already have everything you need
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  • for life's journey, not half of what you need
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  • or a whole lot of what you need.
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  • God has given you everything you need.
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  • God never intended for you to stumble your way
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  • through the course of each day
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  • and certainly not journey unprepared into your future.
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  • So where do you wanna go?
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  • It's time to unpack all that God has given you.
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  • Discover how you have been equipped for this journey
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  • and can live with confidence
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  • because you, my friend, have everything you need.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Hello, I'm David Jeremiah.
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  • Today, we come to the end of the Apostle Peter's list
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  • of qualities that are essential to believers growing
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  • in their spiritual maturity, and Peter definitely saved
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  • the best quality for last.
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  • It's love.
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  • You know, there is joy in your journey
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  • when you demonstrate love on your journey.
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  • Sharing and caring for those around you brings a color and
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  • vibrance to your life that can only come from living a life
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  • of selfless love which is the title of today's message.
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  • In the next few minutes we will look to Jesus
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  • as our example of selfless love.
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  • While many point to the Crucifixion
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  • as Christ's greatest outpouring of love,
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  • we're going to turn back the clock
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  • and learn from Christ's actions and teaching
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  • the night before his Passion.
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  • It's there in the Upper Room that Jesus gives
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  • an enduring example of, "Selfless Love."
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  • So, travel with me across the United States
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  • and join me in New York City, high above Central Park,
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  • in the Appel Room at Jazz, at Lincoln Center,
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  • for my series, "Everything You Need."
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  • announcer: In Dr. Jeremiah's new book,
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  • "Everything You Need," he invites you to consider
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  • how would your life change if you had the energy
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  • to diligently fulfill God's purpose for you,
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  • or the confidence to always do what pleases God,
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  • or had an intimate knowledge of his Word.
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  • What would your faith be like if you replaced a harmful habit
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  • with a positive one, or developed a determination
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  • that could carry you through any difficulty?
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  • Do you wanna see yourself becoming more like Christ,
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  • sharing his kindness and love to those around you?
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  • It may surprise you to know that God has already given you
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  • everything you need to do all this and more.
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  • In "Everything You Need," learn practical ways to unleash
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  • the power of God in your life and cultivate a faith
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  • that will change you and everyone around you.
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  • Yours for a gift of any amount in support of this program.
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  • female announcer: Thank you for watching,
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  • "Everything You Need" here on "Turning Point."
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  • In appreciation of your viewership,
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  • Dr. Jeremiah would like to send you
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  • Contact Turning Point today.
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  • And now, here is Dr. Jeremiah with his message,
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  • "Selfless Love."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: We long, do we not,
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  • for examples of love that's genuine,
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  • not just talked about love but lived out love.
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  • Not the shallow emotions that we see in film and TV,
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  • but true, self-sacrificing love, biblical love, God's love.
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  • "God demonstrated His love toward us,
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  • that while we were yet sinners, Christ gave His life for us."
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  • And the kind of love that is demonstrated
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  • by what Jesus Christ did, as many of you know,
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  • has a term.
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  • It's called agape.
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  • Agape love.
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  • Now let me tell you what agape is.
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  • There's a lot of words in the New Testament for love
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  • but the highest word, the most honored word,
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  • is this word.
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  • The word "agape" means to love somebody without regard
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  • to what they may do in return for you.
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  • That no matter, if they do not respond to you
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  • or return anything to you, you continue to love them.
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  • Obviously, we don't know very much
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  • about that in our culture today.
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  • We love others for what we can get from them,
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  • and when they stop giving what we thought we wanted,
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  • we stop loving them and find somebody else to love.
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  • That's pretty much the way our world works today.
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  • But that's not God's way and, thankfully,
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  • that's not the way God loves us.
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  • Wouldn't that be awful?
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  • I love you, David, 'til you mess up again.
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  • And pretty short times of love, isn't that true?
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  • But God doesn't love us that way.
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  • He loves us because it's his nature to love.
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  • God does not just love.
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  • God is love.
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  • And even the love that we get to give back to him isn't our own.
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  • The Bible says: "We love Him because He first loved us."
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  • I don't have any love to give to God unless he gives it to me.
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  • So, all I'm giving back to God is what he gave me
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  • in the first place.
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  • I got my love from him; I give it back to him.
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  • And that's how it works.
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  • Well, Peter in this passage of Scripture,
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  • insists that we do our part in developing these qualities.
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  • We've gone through them, one by one.
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  • They're kind of like dominoes that topple each other over,
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  • and we've come to the final supreme quality
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  • and that quality is Christ-like love.
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  • It's the final quality on Peter's list
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  • because it's the most important quality on Peter's list.
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  • It completes and gives meaning to everything else
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  • we've been talking about, and if you cultivate
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  • all of the other character qualities
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  • and you leave love out, then it won't work.
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  • Love is like the key that goes in the middle
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  • of all of these qualities that make them all work.
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  • And it's such an important lesson for us
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  • to communicate today in this world of hatred,
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  • and anger, and mean talk.
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  • God loves you.
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  • As I've said before in another book,
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  • he always has and he always will.
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  • And the best way to understand how to add love
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  • to our brotherly kindness is to find out how Jesus loved.
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  • Do you wanna know how God works?
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  • You find out how God works through Jesus,
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  • for Jesus is God's picture to us of himself.
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  • If you wanna know what God does, how he functions,
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  • what he thinks, who he is, study Jesus.
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  • And when you study Jesus,
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  • you find out how God's love works.
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  • The setting was the Upper Room.
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  • It was the last night before Jesus was to be crucified.
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  • It was the most poignant night in the life
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  • of the most powerful man who ever lived.
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  • And I wanna give you some thoughts about love as we go
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  • through this story that really are pertinent to us today
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  • as we add to our list of virtues this final quality,
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  • adding to our loving kindness, agape love.
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  • First thing I want us to note is that love navigates
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  • our lifelong journey.
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  • Love is the key.
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  • Love is the red thread that runs through our lives
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  • from beginning to end after we become Christians.
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  • Listen to John 13:1: "When Jesus knew
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  • that His hour had come that He should depart
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  • from this world to the Father, having loved His disciples
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  • who were in the world, He loved them to the end."
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  • For three years, Jesus had led these men through Galilee
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  • and Judea and through the truths of the Scripture.
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  • He put up with their squabbling and their outbursts
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  • and their mistakes and their lack of faith,
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  • and he nurtured their hearts and he taught them
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  • the greatest truths the world has ever heard.
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  • Now, it's time for him to die.
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  • He's going to rise again and ascend back to heaven
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  • and the same love that navigated his dealings with them
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  • for three years, the Scripture says,
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  • endured to the end.
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  • It never faltered, it never failed.
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  • He knows how to put up with your squabbling, too.
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  • Did you know that?
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  • That sometimes we think, "Well, if we do such and such,
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  • he'll quit loving us."
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  • No, God doesn't love us on the basis on what we do.
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  • That would be a sad story, would it not,
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  • if performance was the basis of God's love for us?
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  • We've already said that denies the very meaning of the term,
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  • "agape."
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  • Agape is loving some person even though
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  • you may never receive anything back from them.
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  • That's the kind of love that's demonstrated
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  • in this passage of Scripture.
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  • His love is incredibly patient.
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  • It's always nudging you toward maturity and,
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  • as I said before, if you mess up you can't give up
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  • because God is still there, urging you on,
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  • telling you that he loves you even if you never return
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  • your love to him.
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  • [audience applauding]
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  • How many of you know, when you don't know what to do,
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  • usually the best answer is love?
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  • Let me remind you that before Jesus got
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  • to the Upper Room that night, the disciples were having
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  • an argument over which one of them was the most important.
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  • Remember that?
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  • I mean, it wasn't just a discussion.
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  • It was an argument.
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  • Jesus is about to give his life for them and they're arguing
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  • over which one of 'em's gonna sit next to him in the kingdom.
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  • One of them was a traitor, another one of 'em
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  • was gonna deny him three times.
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  • Roman soldiers are on their way.
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  • Torture is ahead.
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  • Execution stands before him.
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  • There are goodbyes and the completion of his work
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  • on this earth and so much to say and so little time
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  • and all these things rushing together
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  • like meteorites colliding.
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  • If Jesus's love had failed him then,
  • 00:11:23.090 --> 00:11:26.080
  • everything would have fallen apart.
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  • The Bible says: "He loved us to the end.
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  • He loved them to the end."
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  • Through all of that turmoil, through all that commotion,
  • 00:11:33.170 --> 00:11:35.250
  • through all those things that are about to unfold in his life,
  • 00:11:35.260 --> 00:11:39.030
  • in the redemption of mankind, Jesus never forgot that
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  • while he was dying for the world,
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  • there were 12 guys sitting around the table with him
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  • that he had loved for three years
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  • and he loved them to the end.
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  • So, let me say this to you.
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  • Love is what navigates your lifelong journey.
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  • Wherever you started, wherever you are,
  • 00:11:59.110 --> 00:12:01.090
  • however long you have left, the one thing that will get you
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  • through most all of the things you're going through is love.
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  • Realizing the love that God has for you
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  • and that if you have failed, he hasn't stopped loving you
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  • because his love isn't based on your performance.
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  • His love is based on the performance
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  • of his Son Jesus Christ.
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  • How many of you think he did all right?
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  • So, love is what navigates your lifelong journey and,
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  • secondly, love is what motivates you
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  • to serve other people.
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  • If you read on into this text, here's what it says:
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  • "Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things
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  • into His hands, and that He had come from God
  • 00:12:48.220 --> 00:12:53.020
  • and was going to God, Jesus rose up from supper,
  • 00:12:53.030 --> 00:12:57.040
  • laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself.
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  • And after that, He poured water into a basin and He began
  • 00:13:01.230 --> 00:13:06.210
  • to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them
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  • with the towel with which He was girded."
  • 00:13:09.220 --> 00:13:13.040
  • Now, don't forget the setting.
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  • What are they doing?
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  • They're arguing.
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  • They're arguing over which one of them is the greatest
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  • in the kingdom.
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  • And here is the Son of the living God
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  • who is the greatest, and he gets a towel,
  • 00:13:25.250 --> 00:13:29.190
  • and wraps it around himself, and gets a basin full of water,
  • 00:13:29.200 --> 00:13:32.190
  • and gets down on his knees and begins to move
  • 00:13:32.200 --> 00:13:35.290
  • through the disciples, washing their feet.
  • 00:13:36.000 --> 00:13:39.200
  • And one by one, the flustered disciples felt the fingers
  • 00:13:39.210 --> 00:13:44.030
  • of the Lord stroke their feet, wiping away the mud.
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  • He dried each foot carefully.
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  • He whose sandals they were not worthy to unlatch,
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  • he washed their feet.
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  • And the thing that demonstrates who we are as Christians is
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  • the unexplainable things we do because we have this quality
  • 00:14:04.170 --> 00:14:09.050
  • of divine love coursing through our spiritual veins.
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  • We do things nobody could--
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  • "Why would they do that?"
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  • There's only one reason: they're Christ followers
  • 00:14:17.000 --> 00:14:19.210
  • and the love of God has captured their heart.
  • 00:14:19.220 --> 00:14:22.240
  • And when the love of God captures your heart,
  • 00:14:22.250 --> 00:14:25.060
  • what you discover is, you've got too much
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  • for just yourself and you've gotta let it
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  • spill over into the lives of other people.
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  • [audience applauding]
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  • You know, one of the most important things for you
  • 00:14:35.100 --> 00:14:36.240
  • to remember about love in the New Testament is,
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  • once in a while it's a noun, but mostly it's a verb.
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  • The Bible says: "Husbands, love your wives,
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  • as Christ loved the church."
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  • And do you know what's interesting about that?
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  • It's not an option.
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  • It's not a suggestion.
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  • It's a command.
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  • You say, "Well, my wife doesn't treat me right."
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  • "Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church."
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  • And you know what happens when you start to do that?
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  • Whatever it is you think that isn't going right
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  • with your spouse will start to get straightened out,
  • 00:15:14.260 --> 00:15:18.200
  • not by something she's done but by something you--
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  • the best thing you can do when you start having trouble
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  • in your marriage is, find out exactly what it is
  • 00:15:23.210 --> 00:15:26.090
  • God tells you you're supposed to do
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  • and do it whether anything good happens or not,
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  • and you will be surprised what God does.
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  • When God's love begins to resonate with you,
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  • you will feel so overwhelmed with it
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  • that you'll wanna share it with somebody else, amen,
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  • as Jesus's love that night spilled over
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  • into his act of service to his disciples.
  • 00:15:50.220 --> 00:15:55.040
  • And then, number three, love imitates
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  • the Lord Jesus Christ.
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  • Let's take a step further.
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  • When we learn to love as Jesus does,
  • 00:16:02.080 --> 00:16:04.280
  • it's because we've decided to follow his example.
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  • It means, we see Jesus doing this and we wanna do it.
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  • Is that the right thing?
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  • Listen to these words.
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  • These are the words of Jesus:
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  • "If I then, your Teacher and Lord,
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  • have washed your feet, you also ought to wash
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  • one another's feet.
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  • For I have given you an example, that you should do
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  • as I have done to you."
  • 00:16:27.200 --> 00:16:30.290
  • Now, I do not believe that Jesus was literally saying
  • 00:16:31.000 --> 00:16:34.080
  • that we should wash each other's feet.
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  • Would have been a totally different culture
  • 00:16:36.260 --> 00:16:38.250
  • in the days when Jesus washed the disciples' feet, literally.
  • 00:16:38.260 --> 00:16:42.250
  • They walked through dirty streets
  • 00:16:42.260 --> 00:16:44.110
  • and when they would arrive at a house,
  • 00:16:44.120 --> 00:16:47.060
  • there would be a servant who would come and cleanse
  • 00:16:47.070 --> 00:16:50.000
  • their feet so that they wouldn't track dirt into the house.
  • 00:16:50.010 --> 00:16:53.250
  • And so, foot-washing was simply a symbol
  • 00:16:53.260 --> 00:16:56.210
  • of a self-sacrificing act.
  • 00:16:56.220 --> 00:16:58.270
  • Jesus said, "I have shown you my love by washing
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  • the dirty feet of my disciples.
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  • Take that illustration and don't be too embarrassed to do
  • 00:17:06.050 --> 00:17:10.190
  • anything in the name of Jesus that will make a difference
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  • in the life of a person.
  • 00:17:13.150 --> 00:17:15.190
  • Here's the fourth thing:
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  • It elevates the experience of life for us.
  • 00:17:17.000 --> 00:17:20.140
  • Now, I know you have to take this by faith.
  • 00:17:20.150 --> 00:17:22.170
  • If you have never really served the Lord sacrificially,
  • 00:17:22.180 --> 00:17:26.050
  • you are missing the greatest blessing
  • 00:17:26.060 --> 00:17:29.040
  • you will ever have outside of becoming a Christian.
  • 00:17:29.050 --> 00:17:33.190
  • Here's what the Bible says.
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  • Jesus said, "If you know these things,
  • 00:17:35.200 --> 00:17:39.120
  • blessed are you if you do them."
  • 00:17:39.130 --> 00:17:42.160
  • He didn't say,
  • 00:17:42.170 --> 00:17:43.290
  • "Blessed are those to whom you do it,"
  • 00:17:44.000 --> 00:17:46.040
  • although that is true.
  • 00:17:46.050 --> 00:17:47.240
  • No, Jesus said, "If you know these things
  • 00:17:47.250 --> 00:17:50.020
  • about sacrificing your life out of your desire
  • 00:17:50.030 --> 00:17:53.170
  • to show the love of God to other people,
  • 00:17:53.180 --> 00:17:55.160
  • if you know these things and you do them,
  • 00:17:55.170 --> 00:17:57.210
  • you will be blessed."
  • 00:17:57.220 --> 00:17:59.260
  • This is what I found more and more in my life
  • 00:17:59.270 --> 00:18:01.270
  • than any other thing.
  • 00:18:01.280 --> 00:18:03.070
  • The thing I sometimes go to do to help someone else
  • 00:18:03.080 --> 00:18:06.220
  • comes barreling back at me with a blessing I never expected,
  • 00:18:06.230 --> 00:18:11.050
  • bigger than anything I could ever imagine.
  • 00:18:11.060 --> 00:18:13.250
  • You can't outserve God just like you can't outgive God.
  • 00:18:13.260 --> 00:18:17.250
  • The more you serve, the more God blesses you
  • 00:18:17.260 --> 00:18:20.150
  • as you serve.
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  • [audience applauding]
  • 00:18:22.170 --> 00:18:28.110
  • And then, number five:
  • 00:18:28.120 --> 00:18:30.010
  • Love authenticates our discipleship.
  • 00:18:30.020 --> 00:18:33.130
  • This is something very special.
  • 00:18:33.140 --> 00:18:35.060
  • The new element in this is really important.
  • 00:18:35.070 --> 00:18:38.000
  • This love that we're talking about today,
  • 00:18:38.010 --> 00:18:40.150
  • according to the Bible, is the highest level of love
  • 00:18:40.160 --> 00:18:43.140
  • in all of the world.
  • 00:18:43.150 --> 00:18:45.270
  • It is so different from the Old Testament concept
  • 00:18:45.280 --> 00:18:48.240
  • of loving one's neighbor as oneself.
  • 00:18:48.250 --> 00:18:51.230
  • Jesus's love is this: love others not as
  • 00:18:51.240 --> 00:18:54.150
  • you love yourself, but as Jesus has loved you.
  • 00:18:54.160 --> 00:18:59.030
  • And how has Christ loved you?
  • 00:18:59.040 --> 00:19:01.250
  • "But God demonstrates His own love toward us,
  • 00:19:01.260 --> 00:19:05.090
  • in that while we were yet sinners,
  • 00:19:05.100 --> 00:19:07.070
  • Christ died for us."
  • 00:19:07.080 --> 00:19:10.020
  • "By this we know love, because He laid down
  • 00:19:10.030 --> 00:19:13.010
  • His life for us.
  • 00:19:13.020 --> 00:19:14.250
  • And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren."
  • 00:19:14.260 --> 00:19:19.210
  • The love of Jesus is so different than any other kind
  • 00:19:19.220 --> 00:19:23.140
  • of love you will ever imagine that the Bible says
  • 00:19:23.150 --> 00:19:26.040
  • it is the badge of our discipleship.
  • 00:19:26.050 --> 00:19:30.130
  • Did you know that?
  • 00:19:30.140 --> 00:19:32.090
  • In John 13 it says: "By this shall all men know
  • 00:19:33.020 --> 00:19:40.000
  • that you are My disciples," these are the words of Jesus.
  • 00:19:40.010 --> 00:19:43.140
  • And what is the rest of it?
  • 00:19:43.150 --> 00:19:45.030
  • "When you have love one for another."
  • 00:19:45.040 --> 00:19:48.010
  • So, how can you diligently add to your faith, love?
  • 00:19:48.020 --> 00:19:53.010
  • Here's the first thing I would say to you.
  • 00:19:53.020 --> 00:19:55.010
  • Remember, first of all, again, that you were loved.
  • 00:19:55.020 --> 00:19:57.020
  • "We love because He first loved us."
  • 00:19:57.270 --> 00:20:01.110
  • Don't ever forget that 'cause if you try to love
  • 00:20:01.120 --> 00:20:03.110
  • and you don't know that the love comes from God,
  • 00:20:03.120 --> 00:20:05.240
  • you're gonna fail.
  • 00:20:05.250 --> 00:20:07.060
  • You cannot mimic God's love without God.
  • 00:20:07.070 --> 00:20:11.050
  • You can't manufacture a love that looks like God's love.
  • 00:20:11.060 --> 00:20:15.100
  • I remember reading a story about a guy who was writing
  • 00:20:15.110 --> 00:20:17.190
  • an article about what he noticed about Christians and he said,
  • 00:20:17.200 --> 00:20:20.160
  • "I watched these Christians and they helped the homeless,"
  • 00:20:20.170 --> 00:20:23.290
  • and he said, "they put bandages on people that are hurt.
  • 00:20:24.000 --> 00:20:27.170
  • They go to the mission field.
  • 00:20:27.180 --> 00:20:29.030
  • They go into rough places to work.
  • 00:20:29.040 --> 00:20:31.140
  • They go to the prisons."
  • 00:20:31.150 --> 00:20:33.030
  • And then this man, who was not a Christian
  • 00:20:33.040 --> 00:20:34.200
  • but he was a real agnostic, he said,
  • 00:20:34.210 --> 00:20:37.010
  • "I used to think that you should be able to be
  • 00:20:37.020 --> 00:20:39.050
  • as good a person without Christ as you could be with him, but,"
  • 00:20:39.060 --> 00:20:43.180
  • he said, "after all these years I've been studying this,
  • 00:20:43.190 --> 00:20:45.280
  • I realize that the Christians have something
  • 00:20:45.290 --> 00:20:48.100
  • the rest of us don't.
  • 00:20:48.110 --> 00:20:49.260
  • And there isn't any way to do what they do
  • 00:20:49.270 --> 00:20:53.090
  • without having what they have."
  • 00:20:53.100 --> 00:20:56.040
  • And that's true.
  • 00:20:56.050 --> 00:20:57.140
  • What we have is our relationship with God.
  • 00:20:57.150 --> 00:20:59.190
  • If we try to do the work of God without a relationship with God,
  • 00:20:59.200 --> 00:21:02.240
  • it will fall flat on its face.
  • 00:21:02.250 --> 00:21:05.030
  • But, when you love God, and you let the love of God
  • 00:21:05.040 --> 00:21:07.180
  • that's been shed abroad in your hearts motivate you
  • 00:21:07.190 --> 00:21:10.190
  • to serve God, it's a thing of beauty.
  • 00:21:10.200 --> 00:21:13.140
  • It's a wonderful thing to watch.
  • 00:21:13.150 --> 00:21:15.100
  • So, remember that you are loved and don't ever,
  • 00:21:16.000 --> 00:21:20.140
  • ever question that,
  • 00:21:20.150 --> 00:21:23.040
  • because if you question God's love for you,
  • 00:21:23.050 --> 00:21:26.150
  • you will never be able to love anybody else.
  • 00:21:26.160 --> 00:21:29.250
  • Number two: Reimagine your relationships.
  • 00:21:29.260 --> 00:21:33.180
  • Call them on the phone, write them a letter, text them.
  • 00:21:33.190 --> 00:21:36.080
  • All kinds of ways to convey to them that you love them.
  • 00:21:36.090 --> 00:21:39.040
  • And listen to me, don't assume that they know it.
  • 00:21:39.050 --> 00:21:42.210
  • Make sure they know it.
  • 00:21:42.220 --> 00:21:44.130
  • Instead of asking what others have to offer you,
  • 00:21:44.140 --> 00:21:48.190
  • reimagine your relationships and ask what you can do
  • 00:21:48.200 --> 00:21:52.100
  • to help them.
  • 00:21:52.110 --> 00:21:55.000
  • And then, reorganize your priorities.
  • 00:21:55.010 --> 00:21:59.070
  • I think sometimes you don't love simply because
  • 00:21:59.080 --> 00:22:02.000
  • it's not on your mind, not a priority,
  • 00:22:02.010 --> 00:22:06.170
  • so how can you make love a priority in your life?
  • 00:22:06.180 --> 00:22:09.200
  • Just like you make anything else a priority in your life,
  • 00:22:09.210 --> 00:22:12.220
  • you schedule it.
  • 00:22:12.230 --> 00:22:14.030
  • You say, "You schedule loving people?"
  • 00:22:14.040 --> 00:22:18.080
  • Here's one way to do that.
  • 00:22:18.090 --> 00:22:19.280
  • On your calendar or your, "To Do" list, just write down
  • 00:22:19.290 --> 00:22:23.180
  • "John 13:34-35" next to all your assignments.
  • 00:22:23.190 --> 00:22:29.000
  • Ask yourself, "How can I love like Jesus today?"
  • 00:22:29.010 --> 00:22:32.160
  • After all, that's your job.
  • 00:22:32.170 --> 00:22:35.150
  • You say, "Well, where do I start?"
  • 00:22:35.160 --> 00:22:37.050
  • Just ask the Lord to show you.
  • 00:22:37.060 --> 00:22:40.060
  • Crown all the qualities in life with the love of Jesus Christ.
  • 00:22:40.070 --> 00:22:44.210
  • I tell you, men and women, the world is so thirsty for it.
  • 00:22:44.220 --> 00:22:48.010
  • The people around you are starving for love,
  • 00:22:48.020 --> 00:22:50.090
  • your family and friends, your neighbors and co-workers,
  • 00:22:50.100 --> 00:22:53.050
  • your brothers and sisters, they all need someone to wash
  • 00:22:53.060 --> 00:22:56.050
  • their feet and strengthen their courage.
  • 00:22:56.060 --> 00:22:58.180
  • And when you find it difficult to follow in the steps of Jesus,
  • 00:22:58.190 --> 00:23:02.000
  • just remember this:
  • 00:23:02.010 --> 00:23:03.100
  • it all starts with the Jesus's love for you.
  • 00:23:03.110 --> 00:23:06.030
  • He gave you everything you need
  • 00:23:06.040 --> 00:23:08.100
  • so that you would have everything that is needed
  • 00:23:08.110 --> 00:23:12.030
  • by the people who are waiting for your words of love.
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  • Love is the last quality that Peter highlights.
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  • I wanna leave you with these words from 1 John.
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  • "Beloved, if God so loved us,
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  • we also ought to love one another.
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  • And if we love one another, God lives in us,
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  • and His love has been perfected in us."
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  • How do you love God? You love God by loving people.
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  • How do you say, "God, I love you"?
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  • You say it with your words, and then you go show it
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  • with your works.
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  • To love God, you have to love others.
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  • You say, "Well, can't I just pray and tell him I love him?"
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  • Yeah, you can do that, but you'll never sense
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  • the real connection of love that God means for you to have, amen?
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  • Okay, go find somebody to love, amen.
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  • female announcer: And now, with one last word
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  • for today's program, here is Dr. Jeremiah.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: God does not intend for the journey
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  • of your life to be a solitary one,
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  • but to be shared, serving others
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  • just as Christ demonstrated for us.
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  • The world is starving for genuine, self-sacrificing,
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  • you have everything you need to supply it
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  • So, I hope you are experiencing Christ's love for you,
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  • announcer: Next time on, "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: You can go to heaven and just go to heaven,
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  • or you can go to heaven victoriously
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  • with your hands up high, amen?
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