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November 16, 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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  • As you grow in Jesus, his love begins to help you know
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  • how to act and what to do in every situation.
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  • And his love gives you the courage to serve him.
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  • I don't know about you, but if you're like me,
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  • sometimes you feel insufficient for the demands of your life.
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  • I don't have any way to tell you how many times
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  • in the recent years because of the things
  • 00:10:53.120 --> 00:10:55.170
  • that have happened to us, I find myself standing backstage
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  • on a-- in an arena someplace
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  • and saying to myself,
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  • "What in the world am I doing here?
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  • How did I get here?
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  • Why am I here?"
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  • And feeling a sense of total inadequacy
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  • for what I know I'm about to do.
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  • Many days sometimes just because of the kind of days they are,
  • 00:11:13.270 --> 00:11:17.110
  • feel hard.
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  • But that's when you lean on the love of Christ and you pray,
  • 00:11:19.080 --> 00:11:22.070
  • "God, my heart is so open to you,
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  • please help me with this problem.
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  • I know you love me.
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  • I accept your love and I wanna just say one word to you today:
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  • help.
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  • Help."
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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
  • 00:11:40.020 --> 00:11:43.010
  • 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,
  • 00:12:26.000 --> 00:12:28.290
  • 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,
  • 00:12:36.080 --> 00:12:38.160
  • through all those things that are about to unfold in his life,
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  • 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,
  • 00:13:02.040 --> 00:13:04.000
  • 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
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  • and was going to God, Jesus rose up from supper,
  • 00:13:55.240 --> 00:13:59.250
  • 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
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  • to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them
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  • with the towel with which He was girded."
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  • 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,
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  • and wraps it around himself, and gets a basin full of water,
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  • and gets down on his knees and begins to move
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  • through the disciples, washing their feet.
  • 00:14:38.210 --> 00:14:42.110
  • And one by one, the flustered disciples felt the fingers
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  • 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
  • 00:15:03.250 --> 00:15:07.070
  • the unexplainable things we do because we have this quality
  • 00:15:07.080 --> 00:15:11.260
  • of divine love coursing through our spiritual veins.
  • 00:15:11.270 --> 00:15:15.080
  • 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
  • 00:15:19.210 --> 00:15:22.120
  • and the love of God has captured their heart.
  • 00:15:22.130 --> 00:15:25.150
  • And when the love of God captures your heart,
  • 00:15:25.160 --> 00:15:27.270
  • what you discover is, you've got too much
  • 00:15:27.280 --> 00:15:29.190
  • for just yourself and you've gotta let it
  • 00:15:29.200 --> 00:15:31.100
  • 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
  • 00:15:38.010 --> 00:15:39.150
  • to remember about love in the New Testament is,
  • 00:15:39.160 --> 00:15:42.040
  • 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,
  • 00:15:47.100 --> 00:15:51.080
  • 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,
  • 00:16:17.170 --> 00:16:21.110
  • not by something she's done but by something you--
  • 00:16:21.120 --> 00:16:24.010
  • the best thing you can do when you start having trouble
  • 00:16:24.020 --> 00:16:26.110
  • in your marriage is, find out exactly what it is
  • 00:16:26.120 --> 00:16:29.000
  • God tells you you're supposed to do
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  • and do it whether anything good happens or not,
  • 00:16:30.280 --> 00:16:34.280
  • and you will be surprised what God does.
  • 00:16:34.290 --> 00:16:37.140
  • When God's love begins to resonate with you,
  • 00:16:40.110 --> 00:16:43.190
  • 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.
  • 00:16:53.130 --> 00:16:57.250
  • And then, number three, love imitates
  • 00:16:57.260 --> 00:17:00.160
  • 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,
  • 00:17:04.290 --> 00:17:07.190
  • 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:
  • 00:17:17.210 --> 00:17:19.100
  • "If I then, your Teacher and Lord,
  • 00:17:19.110 --> 00:17:22.030
  • have washed your feet, you also ought to wash
  • 00:17:22.040 --> 00:17:25.140
  • one another's feet.
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  • For I have given you an example, that you should do
  • 00:17:27.040 --> 00:17:30.100
  • as I have done to you."
  • 00:17:30.110 --> 00:17:33.200
  • Now, I do not believe that Jesus was literally saying
  • 00:17:33.210 --> 00:17:36.290
  • that we should wash each other's feet.
  • 00:17:37.000 --> 00:17:39.160
  • Would have been a totally different culture
  • 00:17:39.170 --> 00:17:41.160
  • in the days when Jesus washed the disciples' feet, literally.
  • 00:17:41.170 --> 00:17:45.160
  • They walked through dirty streets
  • 00:17:45.170 --> 00:17:47.020
  • and when they would arrive at a house,
  • 00:17:47.030 --> 00:17:49.270
  • there would be a servant who would come and cleanse
  • 00:17:49.280 --> 00:17:52.210
  • their feet so that they wouldn't track dirt into the house.
  • 00:17:52.220 --> 00:17:56.160
  • And so, foot-washing was simply a symbol
  • 00:17:56.170 --> 00:17:59.120
  • of a self-sacrificing act.
  • 00:17:59.130 --> 00:18:01.200
  • Jesus said, "I have shown you my love by washing
  • 00:18:02.080 --> 00:18:06.070
  • the dirty feet of my disciples.
  • 00:18:06.080 --> 00:18:08.250
  • Take that illustration and don't be too embarrassed to do
  • 00:18:08.260 --> 00:18:13.100
  • anything in the name of Jesus that will make a difference
  • 00:18:13.110 --> 00:18:16.050
  • in the life of a person.
  • 00:18:16.060 --> 00:18:18.100
  • Here's the fourth thing:
  • 00:18:18.110 --> 00:18:19.200
  • It elevates the experience of life for us.
  • 00:18:19.210 --> 00:18:23.050
  • Now, I know you have to take this by faith.
  • 00:18:23.060 --> 00:18:25.080
  • If you have never really served the Lord sacrificially,
  • 00:18:25.090 --> 00:18:28.260
  • you are missing the greatest blessing
  • 00:18:28.270 --> 00:18:31.250
  • you will ever have outside of becoming a Christian.
  • 00:18:31.260 --> 00:18:36.100
  • Here's what the Bible says.
  • 00:18:36.110 --> 00:18:38.100
  • Jesus said, "If you know these things,
  • 00:18:38.110 --> 00:18:42.030
  • blessed are you if you do them."
  • 00:18:42.040 --> 00:18:45.070
  • He didn't say,
  • 00:18:45.080 --> 00:18:46.200
  • "Blessed are those to whom you do it,"
  • 00:18:46.210 --> 00:18:48.250
  • although that is true.
  • 00:18:48.260 --> 00:18:50.150
  • No, Jesus said, "If you know these things
  • 00:18:50.160 --> 00:18:52.230
  • about sacrificing your life out of your desire
  • 00:18:52.240 --> 00:18:56.080
  • to show the love of God to other people,
  • 00:18:56.090 --> 00:18:58.070
  • if you know these things and you do them,
  • 00:18:58.080 --> 00:19:00.140
  • you will be blessed."
  • 00:19:00.150 --> 00:19:02.190
  • This is what I found more and more in my life
  • 00:19:02.200 --> 00:19:04.180
  • than any other thing.
  • 00:19:04.190 --> 00:19:05.280
  • The thing I sometimes go to do to help someone else
  • 00:19:05.290 --> 00:19:09.130
  • comes barreling back at me with a blessing I never expected,
  • 00:19:09.140 --> 00:19:13.260
  • bigger than anything I could ever imagine.
  • 00:19:13.270 --> 00:19:16.160
  • You can't outserve God just like you can't outgive God.
  • 00:19:16.170 --> 00:19:20.160
  • The more you serve, the more God blesses you
  • 00:19:20.170 --> 00:19:23.060
  • as you serve.
  • 00:19:23.070 --> 00:19:25.020
  • [audience applauding]
  • 00:19:25.080 --> 00:19:31.020
  • And then, number five:
  • 00:19:31.030 --> 00:19:32.220
  • Love authenticates our discipleship.
  • 00:19:32.230 --> 00:19:36.040
  • This is something very special.
  • 00:19:36.050 --> 00:19:37.270
  • The new element in this is really important.
  • 00:19:37.280 --> 00:19:40.210
  • This love that we're talking about today,
  • 00:19:40.220 --> 00:19:43.060
  • according to the Bible, is the highest level of love
  • 00:19:43.070 --> 00:19:46.050
  • in all of the world.
  • 00:19:46.060 --> 00:19:48.180
  • It is so different from the Old Testament concept
  • 00:19:48.190 --> 00:19:51.150
  • of loving one's neighbor as oneself.
  • 00:19:51.160 --> 00:19:54.140
  • Jesus's love is this: love others not as
  • 00:19:54.150 --> 00:19:57.060
  • you love yourself, but as Jesus has loved you.
  • 00:19:57.070 --> 00:20:01.240
  • And how has Christ loved you?
  • 00:20:01.250 --> 00:20:04.140
  • "But God demonstrates His own love toward us,
  • 00:20:04.150 --> 00:20:07.280
  • in that while we were yet sinners,
  • 00:20:07.290 --> 00:20:09.260
  • Christ died for us."
  • 00:20:09.270 --> 00:20:12.210
  • "By this we know love, because He laid down
  • 00:20:12.220 --> 00:20:15.200
  • His life for us.
  • 00:20:15.210 --> 00:20:17.140
  • And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren."
  • 00:20:17.150 --> 00:20:22.100
  • The love of Jesus is so different than any other kind
  • 00:20:22.110 --> 00:20:26.030
  • of love you will ever imagine that the Bible says
  • 00:20:26.040 --> 00:20:28.230
  • it is the badge of our discipleship.
  • 00:20:28.240 --> 00:20:33.020
  • Did you know that?
  • 00:20:33.030 --> 00:20:34.280
  • In John 13 it says: "By this shall all men know
  • 00:20:35.210 --> 00:20:42.190
  • that you are My disciples," these are the words of Jesus.
  • 00:20:42.200 --> 00:20:46.030
  • And what is the rest of it?
  • 00:20:46.040 --> 00:20:47.220
  • "When you have love one for another."
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  • So, how can you diligently add to your faith, love?
  • 00:20:50.210 --> 00:20:55.200
  • Here's the first thing I would say to you.
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  • Remember, first of all, again, that you were loved.
  • 00:20:57.210 --> 00:20:59.210
  • "We love because He first loved us."
  • 00:21:00.180 --> 00:21:04.020
  • Don't ever forget that 'cause if you try to love
  • 00:21:04.030 --> 00:21:06.020
  • and you don't know that the love comes from God,
  • 00:21:06.030 --> 00:21:08.150
  • you're gonna fail.
  • 00:21:08.160 --> 00:21:09.270
  • You cannot mimic God's love without God.
  • 00:21:09.280 --> 00:21:13.260
  • You can't manufacture a love that looks like God's love.
  • 00:21:13.270 --> 00:21:18.010
  • I remember reading a story about a guy who was writing
  • 00:21:18.020 --> 00:21:20.100
  • an article about what he noticed about Christians and he said,
  • 00:21:20.110 --> 00:21:23.070
  • "I watched these Christians and they helped the homeless,"
  • 00:21:23.080 --> 00:21:26.200
  • and he said, "they put bandages on people that are hurt.
  • 00:21:26.210 --> 00:21:30.080
  • They go to the mission field.
  • 00:21:30.090 --> 00:21:31.240
  • They go into rough places to work.
  • 00:21:31.250 --> 00:21:34.050
  • They go to the prisons."
  • 00:21:34.060 --> 00:21:35.240
  • And then this man, who was not a Christian
  • 00:21:35.250 --> 00:21:37.110
  • but he was a real agnostic, he said,
  • 00:21:37.120 --> 00:21:39.220
  • "I used to think that you should be able to be
  • 00:21:39.230 --> 00:21:41.260
  • as good a person without Christ as you could be with him, but,"
  • 00:21:41.270 --> 00:21:46.090
  • he said, "after all these years I've been studying this,
  • 00:21:46.100 --> 00:21:48.190
  • I realize that the Christians have something
  • 00:21:48.200 --> 00:21:51.010
  • the rest of us don't.
  • 00:21:51.020 --> 00:21:52.170
  • And there isn't any way to do what they do
  • 00:21:52.180 --> 00:21:56.000
  • without having what they have."
  • 00:21:56.010 --> 00:21:58.250
  • And that's true.
  • 00:21:58.260 --> 00:22:00.070
  • What we have is our relationship with God.
  • 00:22:00.080 --> 00:22:02.120
  • If we try to do the work of God without a relationship with God,
  • 00:22:02.130 --> 00:22:05.150
  • it will fall flat on its face.
  • 00:22:05.160 --> 00:22:07.240
  • But, when you love God, and you let the love of God
  • 00:22:07.250 --> 00:22:10.090
  • that's been shed abroad in your hearts motivate you
  • 00:22:10.100 --> 00:22:13.100
  • to serve God, it's a thing of beauty.
  • 00:22:13.110 --> 00:22:16.050
  • It's a wonderful thing to watch.
  • 00:22:16.060 --> 00:22:18.010
  • So, remember that you are loved and don't ever,
  • 00:22:18.210 --> 00:22:23.050
  • ever question that,
  • 00:22:23.060 --> 00:22:25.250
  • because if you question God's love for you,
  • 00:22:25.260 --> 00:22:29.060
  • you will never be able to love anybody else.
  • 00:22:29.070 --> 00:22:32.160
  • Number two: Reimagine your relationships.
  • 00:22:32.170 --> 00:22:36.290
  • Steve Henning of Huntley, Illinois, was totally deaf.
  • 00:22:37.000 --> 00:22:40.270
  • He had contracted spinal meningitis
  • 00:22:40.280 --> 00:22:44.030
  • when he was two years old.
  • 00:22:44.040 --> 00:22:45.250
  • World War II was raging at the time,
  • 00:22:45.260 --> 00:22:47.190
  • doctors had a shortness of penicillin
  • 00:22:47.200 --> 00:22:49.280
  • and it cost Steve his hearing.
  • 00:22:49.290 --> 00:22:53.210
  • And for the next 57 years, he missed the sounds of music,
  • 00:22:53.220 --> 00:22:56.110
  • of birds singing, of laughter, and the voices
  • 00:22:56.120 --> 00:22:58.240
  • of his loved ones.
  • 00:22:58.250 --> 00:23:01.150
  • Then in 2001, he learned about a surgical procedure
  • 00:23:01.160 --> 00:23:04.180
  • that allowed sound waves to bypass
  • 00:23:04.190 --> 00:23:06.160
  • the non-functioning parts of the ear
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  • and travel directly to the auditory nerve.
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  • So, he decided to undergo the procedure
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  • but success wasn't promised.
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  • For six weeks, the implanted device
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  • waited to be activated until the swelling in his ear
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  • had gone down.
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  • Finally, the day came to flip the switch and see if it worked.
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  • The audiologist programmed the implant
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  • and asked Steve's wife to say something
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  • and she leaned forward, looked at her husband,
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  • and gently said, "I love you."
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  • And it worked.
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  • And those were the first syllables Steve
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  • had heard since he was two years old.
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  • He broke into a smile and started his new life
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  • with the world's greatest three words, "I love you."
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  • Who in your life needs to hear those words?
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  • Call them on the phone, write them a letter, text them.
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  • All kinds of ways to convey to them that you love them.
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  • And listen to me, don't assume that they know it.
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  • Make sure they know it.
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  • You can never say it too many times.
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  • You can easily say it not enough times.
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  • Instead of asking what others have to offer you,
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  • reimagine your relationships and ask what you can do
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  • to help them.
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  • And then, reorganize your priorities.
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  • I think sometimes you don't love simply because
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  • it's not on your mind, not a priority,
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  • so how can you make love a priority in your life?
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  • Just like you make anything else a priority in your life,
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  • you schedule it.
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  • You say, "You schedule loving people?"
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  • Here's one way to do that.
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  • On your calendar or your, "To Do" list, just write down
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  • "John 13:34-35" next to all your assignments.
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  • Ask yourself, "How can I love like Jesus today?"
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  • After all, that's your job.
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  • You say, "Well, where do I start?"
  • 00:25:08.200 --> 00:25:10.090
  • Just ask the Lord to show you.
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  • Crown all the qualities in life with the love of Jesus Christ.
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  • I tell you, men and women, the world is so thirsty for it.
  • 00:25:17.260 --> 00:25:21.050
  • The people around you are starving for love,
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  • your family and friends, your neighbors and co-workers,
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  • your brothers and sisters, they all need someone to wash
  • 00:25:26.100 --> 00:25:29.090
  • their feet and strengthen their courage.
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  • And when you find it difficult to follow in the steps of Jesus,
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  • just remember this:
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  • it all starts with the Jesus's love for you.
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  • He gave you everything you need
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  • so that you would have everything that is needed
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  • 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.
  • 00:26:00.150 --> 00:26:03.050
  • 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?"
  • 00:26:22.050 --> 00:26:26.250
  • Yeah, you can do that, but you'll never sense
  • 00:26:26.260 --> 00:26:28.260
  • 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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  • 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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  • Christ-like love, and because of Christ himself,
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  • you have everything you need to supply it
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  • to those around you.
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  • So, I hope you are experiencing Christ's love for you,
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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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  • announcer: Join us next time for Dr. Jeremiah's message,
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: Life moves so fast,
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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.
  • 00:31:52.280 --> 00:31:55.260
  • Sharing and caring for those around you brings a color and
  • 00:31:55.270 --> 00:31:59.160
  • vibrance to your life that can only come from living a life
  • 00:31:59.170 --> 00:32:03.190
  • 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.
  • 00:32:12.050 --> 00:32:15.020
  • While many point to the Crucifixion
  • 00:32:15.030 --> 00:32:17.050
  • as Christ's greatest outpouring of love,
  • 00:32:17.060 --> 00:32:20.190
  • we're going to turn back the clock
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  • and learn from Christ's actions and teaching
  • 00:32:22.210 --> 00:32:25.230
  • 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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  • 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
  • 00:33:16.000 --> 00:33:18.250
  • that could carry you through any difficulty?
  • 00:33:18.260 --> 00:33:20.210
  • 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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  • female announcer: Thank you for watching,
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  • "Everything You Need" here on "Turning Point."
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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,
  • 00:34:27.170 --> 00:34:28.260
  • for examples of love that's genuine,
  • 00:34:28.270 --> 00:34:31.240
  • not just talked about love but lived out love.
  • 00:34:31.250 --> 00:34:35.060
  • Not the shallow emotions that we see in film and TV,
  • 00:34:35.070 --> 00:34:38.110
  • but true, self-sacrificing love, biblical love, God's love.
  • 00:34:38.120 --> 00:34:44.020
  • "God demonstrated His love toward us,
  • 00:34:44.030 --> 00:34:47.020
  • that while we were yet sinners, Christ gave His life for us."
  • 00:34:47.030 --> 00:34:52.120
  • And the kind of love that is demonstrated
  • 00:34:52.130 --> 00:34:55.130
  • by what Jesus Christ did, as many of you know,
  • 00:34:55.140 --> 00:34:58.030
  • has a term.
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  • It's called agape.
  • 00:34:59.180 --> 00:35:01.140
  • Agape love.
  • 00:35:01.150 --> 00:35:03.020
  • Now let me tell you what agape is.
  • 00:35:03.030 --> 00:35:04.280
  • There's a lot of words in the New Testament for love
  • 00:35:04.290 --> 00:35:07.070
  • but the highest word, the most honored word,
  • 00:35:07.080 --> 00:35:10.010
  • is this word.
  • 00:35:10.020 --> 00:35:11.190
  • The word "agape" means to love somebody without regard
  • 00:35:11.200 --> 00:35:16.000
  • to what they may do in return for you.
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  • That no matter, if they do not respond to you
  • 00:35:19.170 --> 00:35:22.020
  • or return anything to you, you continue to love them.
  • 00:35:22.030 --> 00:35:25.290
  • Obviously, we don't know very much
  • 00:35:26.000 --> 00:35:27.130
  • about that in our culture today.
  • 00:35:27.140 --> 00:35:29.180
  • We love others for what we can get from them,
  • 00:35:29.190 --> 00:35:32.150
  • and when they stop giving what we thought we wanted,
  • 00:35:32.160 --> 00:35:35.000
  • we stop loving them and find somebody else to love.
  • 00:35:35.010 --> 00:35:38.080
  • That's pretty much the way our world works today.
  • 00:35:38.090 --> 00:35:42.030
  • But that's not God's way and, thankfully,
  • 00:35:42.040 --> 00:35:44.250
  • that's not the way God loves us.
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  • Wouldn't that be awful?
  • 00:35:46.170 --> 00:35:47.280
  • 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.
  • 00:36:24.190 --> 00:36:26.140
  • Well, Peter in this passage of Scripture,
  • 00:36:26.150 --> 00:36:29.100
  • 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,
  • 00:36:36.120 --> 00:36:38.280
  • and we've come to the final supreme quality
  • 00:36:38.290 --> 00:36:42.130
  • 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
  • 00:36:58.000 --> 00:37:00.210
  • 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
  • 00:37:15.180 --> 00:37:18.140
  • to communicate today in this world of hatred,
  • 00:37:18.150 --> 00:37:21.170
  • and anger, and mean talk.
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  • God loves you.
  • 00:37:26.120 --> 00:37:27.210
  • As I've said before in another book,
  • 00:37:27.220 --> 00:37:29.180
  • he always has and he always will.
  • 00:37:29.190 --> 00:37:33.030
  • And the best way to understand how to add love
  • 00:37:33.040 --> 00:37:35.130
  • to our brotherly kindness is to find out how Jesus loved.
  • 00:37:35.140 --> 00:37:40.030
  • Do you wanna know how God works?
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  • You find out how God works through Jesus,
  • 00:37:42.240 --> 00:37:45.280
  • for Jesus is God's picture to us of himself.
  • 00:37:45.290 --> 00:37:49.200
  • If you wanna know what God does, how he functions,
  • 00:37:49.210 --> 00:37:52.060
  • what he thinks, who he is, study Jesus.
  • 00:37:52.070 --> 00:37:56.250
  • And when you study Jesus,
  • 00:37:56.260 --> 00:37:58.120
  • you find out how God's love works.
  • 00:37:58.130 --> 00:38:03.170
  • The setting was the Upper Room.
  • 00:38:03.180 --> 00:38:05.210
  • It was the last night before Jesus was to be crucified.
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  • It was the most poignant night in the life
  • 00:38:09.130 --> 00:38:11.230
  • of the most powerful man who ever lived.
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  • And I wanna give you some thoughts about love as we go
  • 00:38:15.020 --> 00:38:18.010
  • through this story that really are pertinent to us today
  • 00:38:18.020 --> 00:38:21.080
  • as we add to our list of virtues this final quality,
  • 00:38:21.090 --> 00:38:25.150
  • adding to our loving kindness, agape love.
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  • First thing I want us to note is that love navigates
  • 00:38:31.170 --> 00:38:33.220
  • our lifelong journey.
  • 00:38:33.230 --> 00:38:36.080
  • 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.
  • 00:38:40.100 --> 00:38:43.150
  • Listen to John 13:1: "When Jesus knew
  • 00:38:43.160 --> 00:38:47.110
  • that His hour had come that He should depart
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  • from this world to the Father, having loved His disciples
  • 00:38:50.290 --> 00:38:55.210
  • 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
  • 00:39:01.090 --> 00:39:05.120
  • and Judea and through the truths of the Scripture.
  • 00:39:05.130 --> 00:39:08.270
  • He put up with their squabbling and their outbursts
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  • and their mistakes and their lack of faith,
  • 00:39:12.110 --> 00:39:14.230
  • 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
  • 00:39:25.240 --> 00:39:29.060
  • for three years, the Scripture says,
  • 00:39:29.070 --> 00:39:31.230
  • 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.
  • 00:39:35.140 --> 00:39:38.080
  • Did you know that?
  • 00:39:38.090 --> 00:39:40.070
  • That sometimes we think, "Well, if we do such and such,
  • 00:39:40.080 --> 00:39:42.230
  • he'll quit loving us."
  • 00:39:42.240 --> 00:39:44.030
  • No, God doesn't love us on the basis on what we do.
  • 00:39:44.040 --> 00:39:47.110
  • That would be a sad story, would it not,
  • 00:39:47.120 --> 00:39:50.030
  • 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,
  • 00:39:53.230 --> 00:39:57.000
  • "agape."
  • 00:39:57.010 --> 00:39:58.100
  • Agape is loving some person even though
  • 00:39:58.110 --> 00:40:01.020
  • 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
  • 00:40:13.080 --> 00:40:17.010
  • because God is still there, urging you on,
  • 00:40:17.020 --> 00:40:19.150
  • 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]
  • 00:40:25.220 --> 00:40:29.210
  • How many of you know, when you don't know what to do,
  • 00:40:29.220 --> 00:40:32.060
  • 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
  • 00:40:37.120 --> 00:40:40.110
  • an argument over which one of them was the most important.
  • 00:40:40.120 --> 00:40:44.180
  • Remember that?
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  • I mean, it wasn't just a discussion.
  • 00:40:46.090 --> 00:40:47.280
  • 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
  • 00:41:12.070 --> 00:41:15.000
  • 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,
  • 00:41:23.100 --> 00:41:26.090
  • everything would have fallen apart.
  • 00:41:26.100 --> 00:41:29.090
  • 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,
  • 00:41:33.180 --> 00:41:35.260
  • through all those things that are about to unfold in his life,
  • 00:41:35.270 --> 00:41:39.040
  • in the redemption of mankind, Jesus never forgot that
  • 00:41:39.050 --> 00:41:42.290
  • 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.
  • 00:41:55.110 --> 00:41:59.110
  • Wherever you started, wherever you are,
  • 00:41:59.120 --> 00:42:01.100
  • however long you have left, the one thing that will get you
  • 00:42:01.110 --> 00:42:04.290
  • through most all of the things you're going through is love.
  • 00:42:05.000 --> 00:42:08.160
  • 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.
  • 00:42:19.200 --> 00:42:22.000
  • How many of you think he did all right?
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  • So, love is what navigates your lifelong journey and,
  • 00:42:31.010 --> 00:42:34.150
  • 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:
  • 00:42:39.210 --> 00:42:44.160
  • "Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things
  • 00:42:45.010 --> 00:42:48.220
  • into His hands, and that He had come from God
  • 00:42:48.230 --> 00:42:53.030
  • and was going to God, Jesus rose up from supper,
  • 00:42:53.040 --> 00:42:57.050
  • laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself.
  • 00:42:57.060 --> 00:43:01.230
  • And after that, He poured water into a basin and He began
  • 00:43:01.240 --> 00:43:06.220
  • to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them
  • 00:43:06.230 --> 00:43:09.220
  • with the towel with which He was girded."
  • 00:43:09.230 --> 00:43:13.050
  • Now, don't forget the setting.
  • 00:43:13.060 --> 00:43:15.040
  • What are they doing?
  • 00:43:15.050 --> 00:43:16.250
  • They're arguing.
  • 00:43:16.260 --> 00:43:19.050
  • They're arguing over which one of them is the greatest
  • 00:43:19.060 --> 00:43:22.080
  • in the kingdom.
  • 00:43:22.090 --> 00:43:23.240
  • And here is the Son of the living God
  • 00:43:23.250 --> 00:43:25.250
  • who is the greatest, and he gets a towel,
  • 00:43:25.260 --> 00:43:29.200
  • and wraps it around himself, and gets a basin full of water,
  • 00:43:29.210 --> 00:43:32.200
  • and gets down on his knees and begins to move
  • 00:43:32.210 --> 00:43:36.000
  • through the disciples, washing their feet.
  • 00:43:36.010 --> 00:43:39.210
  • And one by one, the flustered disciples felt the fingers
  • 00:43:39.220 --> 00:43:44.040
  • of the Lord stroke their feet, wiping away the mud.
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  • He dried each foot carefully.
  • 00:43:49.060 --> 00:43:52.290
  • He whose sandals they were not worthy to unlatch,
  • 00:43:53.000 --> 00:43:58.070
  • he washed their feet.
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  • And the thing that demonstrates who we are as Christians is
  • 00:44:01.050 --> 00:44:04.170
  • the unexplainable things we do because we have this quality
  • 00:44:04.180 --> 00:44:09.060
  • of divine love coursing through our spiritual veins.
  • 00:44:09.070 --> 00:44:12.180
  • We do things nobody could--
  • 00:44:12.190 --> 00:44:14.000
  • "Why would they do that?"
  • 00:44:14.010 --> 00:44:17.000
  • There's only one reason: they're Christ followers
  • 00:44:17.010 --> 00:44:19.220
  • and the love of God has captured their heart.
  • 00:44:19.230 --> 00:44:22.250
  • And when the love of God captures your heart,
  • 00:44:22.260 --> 00:44:25.070
  • what you discover is, you've got too much
  • 00:44:25.080 --> 00:44:26.290
  • for just yourself and you've gotta let it
  • 00:44:27.000 --> 00:44:28.200
  • spill over into the lives of other people.
  • 00:44:28.210 --> 00:44:31.060
  • [audience applauding]
  • 00:44:31.110 --> 00:44:35.100
  • You know, one of the most important things for you
  • 00:44:35.110 --> 00:44:36.250
  • to remember about love in the New Testament is,
  • 00:44:36.260 --> 00:44:39.140
  • once in a while it's a noun, but mostly it's a verb.
  • 00:44:39.150 --> 00:44:44.190
  • The Bible says: "Husbands, love your wives,
  • 00:44:44.200 --> 00:44:48.180
  • as Christ loved the church."
  • 00:44:48.190 --> 00:44:51.060
  • And do you know what's interesting about that?
  • 00:44:51.070 --> 00:44:53.210
  • It's not an option.
  • 00:44:53.220 --> 00:44:57.130
  • 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."
  • 00:45:01.260 --> 00:45:04.110
  • "Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church."
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  • And you know what happens when you start to do that?
  • 00:45:09.230 --> 00:45:12.180
  • Whatever it is you think that isn't going right
  • 00:45:12.190 --> 00:45:14.260
  • with your spouse will start to get straightened out,
  • 00:45:14.270 --> 00:45:18.210
  • not by something she's done but by something you--
  • 00:45:18.220 --> 00:45:21.110
  • the best thing you can do when you start having trouble
  • 00:45:21.120 --> 00:45:23.210
  • in your marriage is, find out exactly what it is
  • 00:45:23.220 --> 00:45:26.100
  • God tells you you're supposed to do
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  • and do it whether anything good happens or not,
  • 00:45:28.080 --> 00:45:32.080
  • and you will be surprised what God does.
  • 00:45:32.090 --> 00:45:34.240
  • When God's love begins to resonate with you,
  • 00:45:37.210 --> 00:45:40.290
  • you will feel so overwhelmed with it
  • 00:45:41.000 --> 00:45:44.070
  • that you'll wanna share it with somebody else, amen,
  • 00:45:44.080 --> 00:45:47.100
  • as Jesus's love that night spilled over
  • 00:45:47.110 --> 00:45:50.220
  • into his act of service to his disciples.
  • 00:45:50.230 --> 00:45:55.050
  • And then, number three, love imitates
  • 00:45:55.060 --> 00:45:57.240
  • the Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 00:45:57.250 --> 00:46:00.130
  • Let's take a step further.
  • 00:46:00.140 --> 00:46:02.080
  • When we learn to love as Jesus does,
  • 00:46:02.090 --> 00:46:04.290
  • it's because we've decided to follow his example.
  • 00:46:05.000 --> 00:46:08.230
  • It means, we see Jesus doing this and we wanna do it.
  • 00:46:08.240 --> 00:46:12.100
  • Is that the right thing?
  • 00:46:12.110 --> 00:46:13.200
  • Listen to these words.
  • 00:46:13.210 --> 00:46:15.000
  • These are the words of Jesus:
  • 00:46:15.010 --> 00:46:16.200
  • "If I then, your Teacher and Lord,
  • 00:46:16.210 --> 00:46:19.130
  • have washed your feet, you also ought to wash
  • 00:46:19.140 --> 00:46:22.240
  • one another's feet.
  • 00:46:22.250 --> 00:46:24.130
  • For I have given you an example, that you should do
  • 00:46:24.140 --> 00:46:27.200
  • as I have done to you."
  • 00:46:27.210 --> 00:46:31.000
  • Now, I do not believe that Jesus was literally saying
  • 00:46:31.010 --> 00:46:34.090
  • that we should wash each other's feet.
  • 00:46:34.100 --> 00:46:36.260
  • Would have been a totally different culture
  • 00:46:36.270 --> 00:46:38.260
  • in the days when Jesus washed the disciples' feet, literally.
  • 00:46:38.270 --> 00:46:42.260
  • They walked through dirty streets
  • 00:46:42.270 --> 00:46:44.120
  • and when they would arrive at a house,
  • 00:46:44.130 --> 00:46:47.070
  • there would be a servant who would come and cleanse
  • 00:46:47.080 --> 00:46:50.010
  • their feet so that they wouldn't track dirt into the house.
  • 00:46:50.020 --> 00:46:53.260
  • And so, foot-washing was simply a symbol
  • 00:46:53.270 --> 00:46:56.220
  • of a self-sacrificing act.
  • 00:46:56.230 --> 00:46:58.280
  • Jesus said, "I have shown you my love by washing
  • 00:46:59.160 --> 00:47:03.170
  • the dirty feet of my disciples.
  • 00:47:03.180 --> 00:47:06.050
  • Take that illustration and don't be too embarrassed to do
  • 00:47:06.060 --> 00:47:10.200
  • anything in the name of Jesus that will make a difference
  • 00:47:10.210 --> 00:47:13.150
  • in the life of a person.
  • 00:47:13.160 --> 00:47:15.200
  • Here's the fourth thing:
  • 00:47:15.210 --> 00:47:17.000
  • It elevates the experience of life for us.
  • 00:47:17.010 --> 00:47:20.150
  • Now, I know you have to take this by faith.
  • 00:47:20.160 --> 00:47:22.180
  • If you have never really served the Lord sacrificially,
  • 00:47:22.190 --> 00:47:26.060
  • you are missing the greatest blessing
  • 00:47:26.070 --> 00:47:29.050
  • you will ever have outside of becoming a Christian.
  • 00:47:29.060 --> 00:47:33.200
  • Here's what the Bible says.
  • 00:47:33.210 --> 00:47:35.200
  • Jesus said, "If you know these things,
  • 00:47:35.210 --> 00:47:39.130
  • blessed are you if you do them."
  • 00:47:39.140 --> 00:47:42.170
  • He didn't say,
  • 00:47:42.180 --> 00:47:44.000
  • "Blessed are those to whom you do it,"
  • 00:47:44.010 --> 00:47:46.050
  • although that is true.
  • 00:47:46.060 --> 00:47:47.250
  • No, Jesus said, "If you know these things
  • 00:47:47.260 --> 00:47:50.030
  • about sacrificing your life out of your desire
  • 00:47:50.040 --> 00:47:53.180
  • to show the love of God to other people,
  • 00:47:53.190 --> 00:47:55.170
  • if you know these things and you do them,
  • 00:47:55.180 --> 00:47:57.220
  • you will be blessed."
  • 00:47:57.230 --> 00:47:59.270
  • This is what I found more and more in my life
  • 00:47:59.280 --> 00:48:01.280
  • than any other thing.
  • 00:48:01.290 --> 00:48:03.080
  • The thing I sometimes go to do to help someone else
  • 00:48:03.090 --> 00:48:06.230
  • comes barreling back at me with a blessing I never expected,
  • 00:48:06.240 --> 00:48:11.060
  • bigger than anything I could ever imagine.
  • 00:48:11.070 --> 00:48:13.260
  • You can't outserve God just like you can't outgive God.
  • 00:48:13.270 --> 00:48:17.260
  • The more you serve, the more God blesses you
  • 00:48:17.270 --> 00:48:20.160
  • as you serve.
  • 00:48:20.170 --> 00:48:22.120
  • [audience applauding]
  • 00:48:22.180 --> 00:48:28.120
  • And then, number five:
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  • Love authenticates our discipleship.
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  • This is something very special.
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  • The new element in this is really important.
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  • This love that we're talking about today,
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  • according to the Bible, is the highest level of love
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  • in all of the world.
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  • It is so different from the Old Testament concept
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  • of loving one's neighbor as oneself.
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  • Jesus's love is this: love others not as
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  • you love yourself, but as Jesus has loved you.
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  • And how has Christ loved you?
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  • "But God demonstrates His own love toward us,
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  • in that while we were yet sinners,
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  • Christ died for us."
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  • "By this we know love, because He laid down
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  • His life for us.
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  • And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren."
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  • The love of Jesus is so different than any other kind
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  • of love you will ever imagine that the Bible says
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  • it is the badge of our discipleship.
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  • Did you know that?
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  • In John 13 it says: "By this shall all men know
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  • that you are My disciples," these are the words of Jesus.
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  • And what is the rest of it?
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  • "When you have love one for another."
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  • So, how can you diligently add to your faith, love?
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  • Here's the first thing I would say to you.
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  • Remember, first of all, again, that you were loved.
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  • "We love because He first loved us."
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  • Don't ever forget that 'cause if you try to love
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  • and you don't know that the love comes from God,
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  • you're gonna fail.
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  • You cannot mimic God's love without God.
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  • You can't manufacture a love that looks like God's love.
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  • I remember reading a story about a guy who was writing
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  • an article about what he noticed about Christians and he said,
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  • "I watched these Christians and they helped the homeless,"
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  • and he said, "they put bandages on people that are hurt.
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  • They go to the mission field.
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  • They go into rough places to work.
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  • They go to the prisons."
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  • And then this man, who was not a Christian
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  • but he was a real agnostic, he said,
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  • "I used to think that you should be able to be
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  • as good a person without Christ as you could be with him, but,"
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  • he said, "after all these years I've been studying this,
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  • I realize that the Christians have something
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  • the rest of us don't.
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  • And there isn't any way to do what they do
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  • without having what they have."
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  • And that's true.
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  • What we have is our relationship with God.
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  • If we try to do the work of God without a relationship with God,
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  • it will fall flat on its face.
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  • But, when you love God, and you let the love of God
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  • that's been shed abroad in your hearts motivate you
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  • to serve God, it's a thing of beauty.
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  • It's a wonderful thing to watch.
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  • So, remember that you are loved and don't ever,
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  • ever question that,
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  • because if you question God's love for you,
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  • you will never be able to love anybody else.
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  • Number two: Reimagine your relationships.
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  • Call them on the phone, write them a letter, text them.
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  • All kinds of ways to convey to them that you love them.
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  • And listen to me, don't assume that they know it.
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  • Make sure they know it.
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  • Instead of asking what others have to offer you,
  • 00:51:44.150 --> 00:51:48.200
  • reimagine your relationships and ask what you can do
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  • to help them.
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  • And then, reorganize your priorities.
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  • I think sometimes you don't love simply because
  • 00:51:59.090 --> 00:52:02.010
  • it's not on your mind, not a priority,
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  • so how can you make love a priority in your life?
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  • Just like you make anything else a priority in your life,
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  • you schedule it.
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  • You say, "You schedule loving people?"
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  • Here's one way to do that.
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  • On your calendar or your, "To Do" list, just write down
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  • "John 13:34-35" next to all your assignments.
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  • Ask yourself, "How can I love like Jesus today?"
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  • After all, that's your job.
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  • You say, "Well, where do I start?"
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  • Just ask the Lord to show you.
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  • Crown all the qualities in life with the love of Jesus Christ.
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  • I tell you, men and women, the world is so thirsty for it.
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  • The people around you are starving for love,
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  • your family and friends, your neighbors and co-workers,
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  • your brothers and sisters, they all need someone to wash
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  • their feet and strengthen their courage.
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  • And when you find it difficult to follow in the steps of Jesus,
  • 00:52:58.200 --> 00:53:02.010
  • just remember this:
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  • it all starts with the Jesus's love for you.
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  • He gave you everything you need
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  • so that you would have everything that is needed
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  • 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
  • 00:53:53.230 --> 00:53:55.230
  • 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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