momentum. Loving God. Mark 12:30 (NIV) . ‘“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength .”’. Love : desiring the best for the other . momentum. What is the best for God? .
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‘“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your souland with all your mindand with all your strength.”’
Love: desiring the best for the other
Knowing God’s perfect heart for all and co-operating in His plan.
He created the universe as a place for us to be born, and respond to His love invitation to be adopted into His family forever, becoming like Him – He wants to fill the earth with love.
If anyone loves Me, he will obey what I command.
Because God is love and His commands direct us to the best outcome for all.
1. Disobey to resist interference in my plans.
2. Obey to stay out of trouble.
3. Obey to get benefits.
4. Obey to please the Father and co-operate
in His wonderful plan.
By His creation
God’s invisible qualities have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made (Romans 1:19-20).
By His word
But He is at heart first a FatherHis mercy triumphs over judgment – life is not about right and wrong but about connection with Him, with Dad.
By His Spirit
Listen to Him personally and talk to Him by spending time with Him – you are unique.
In community fellowship
Learning of God’s family diversity and learning to live for others and not for ourselves.
For you gave Me something to eat, gave Me something to drink, invited Me in, clothed Me, looked after Me when sick, visited Me in prison.
In losing our lives for the benefit of the interests of others, we actually discover our true selves.
Bring others into the family and demonstrate His character.
‘Love never fails.’
‘The greatest of these is love.’
Love is a choice, not a feeling.
GODLY = Choosing love as a character trait: intentional response to promote well-being when responding to that which has generated ill-being.
‘If anyone says, “I love God,” yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God whom he has not seen.’
If anyone loves Me he will obey what I command. This is My command:Love one another
as I have loved you.
1. Know Him and His heart – spend time in His
creation and His Word.
2. Obey His commands –co-operate in His plan.
3. Spend time with Him listening and praying.
4. Live for others’ interests in your community
– assist those who are vulnerable.
5. Bring others into the family – make the
6. Choose God’s character of love, no matter