LOVE NEVER ASKS: WHAT CAN I GET? BUT RATHER, WHAT CAN I
LET US CONSIDER THE GREAT LOVE THAT GOD HAS FOR US:
John 3:16, For
God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
From that passage, we learn the following valuable truth:
the greatest Giver
loved the greatest motive
world the greatest need
gave the greatest act
Son the greatest gift
whosoever the greatest invitation
Him the greatest opportunity
perish the greatest deliverance
but have eternal
life the greatest joy
2 Cor. 5:14-15, For
the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died
for all, then were all dead: And that he died for all, that they which live
should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them,
and rose again.
1 John 4:19, We
love him, because he first loved us.
1. It is easier to love
someone who already loves us.
AT ROMANS 8:35-39, THE APOSTLE PAUL ELABORATES UPON OUR LORDS
LOVE FOR US; AND WHY WE SHOULD NOT ALLOW ANYTHING TO SEPARATE US FROM HIS
WHO OR WHAT SHALL SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF CHRIST?
Shall circumstances separate us from the love of Christ?
trbulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or
Tribulation struggles, trials, affliction.
Distress anguish, troubles, agony.
Persecution abuse, ridicule, harassment.
Famine no food, a loss of employment.
Nakedness having all earthly possessions taken away.
Peril to be exposed to danger.
Sword to be killed, to suffer martyrdom.
Rom. 8:36, As
it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted
as sheep for the slaughter. (Psalm 44:22).
Rom. 8:37, Nay,
in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
2 Cor. 11:22-28
Shall any condition of existence separate us from the love of
Rom. 8:38, For
I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life,
Phil. 1:21-24, For
to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this
is the fruit of my labor: yet what I shall choose I wot [know] not. For I am
in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ;
which is far better: Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for
Gal. 2:20, I am
crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in
me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son
of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Shall any beings in the spiritual realm separate us from the
love of Christ?
angels, nor principalities,
Neither angels nor demons.
1 Pet. 3:22, Who
is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities
and powers being made subject unto him.
Shall any power in either the physical or spiritual realms
separate us from the love of Christ?
Whether those powers be angels or earthly rulers.
Matt. 10:28, And
fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but
rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Shall time separate us from the love of Christ?
things present, nor things to come.
Shall space separate us from the love of Christ?
Psalm 139:7-8, Whither
shall I go from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there; if
I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
Shall any other created being separate us from the love of Christ?
WHO OR WHAT SHALL KEEP US FROM RESPONDING TO THE LOVE OF CHRIST?
What shall separate us from becoming Christians?
Shall your family keep you from obeying the gospel of Christ?
Matt. 10:37, He
that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me and he that
loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
Would you hesitate in becoming a Christian because of your friends?
James 4:4, Ye
adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is
enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the
enemy of God.
Would your consideration of money and material things keep you
from becoming a Christian?
(Either read or refer to).
Do you hesitate in becoming a Christian because you are afraid that
you cannot live in harmony with principles of the new covenant?
1 Cor. 10:13, There
hath no temptation taken you but, such as is common to man: but God is
faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but
will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to
Are you neglecting in being baptized into Christ because of your
fear of reprisals and suffering that might await you if you did?
1 Pet. 4:16, Yet
if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify
God on this behalf.
What would keep you from remaining faithful unto the Lord?
Would domestic problems keep you from living the Christian
1 Cor. 7:15, But
if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under
bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace.
Would disappointments in life keep you from being a faithful
child of God?
1 Pet. 5:6-7, Humble
yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in
due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Would the death of a relative cause you to turn your back upon
2 Cor. 1:3-4, Blessed
be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and
the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may
be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we
ourselves are comforted of God.
Would you allow commitments that you have made keep you from
assembling with the saints and remaining faithfully dedicated to Christ?
(Quote, and comment on).
Would persecution or pressure from others cause you to cease
living a dedicated life as a Christian?
2 Tim. 3:12, Yea,
and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
We dare not reject the
overtures of the love that the Godhead has for us.
Rom. 5:8, But
God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ
died for us.
are more than conquerors through him that loved us.