2013-04-28 - Demonstrating God's Love
3 John ~ Part 1
The message we need to continually reemphasis is that everything we do as believers is do be done in God's love. Each decision we make as individuals must require asking, "Is what I want to do, a demonstration of God's love?" The late Dr. Vernon McGee gives some real practical illustrations of love in the life of the individual.
"Love is not made in the bedroom ... it is made out there in the laundry room. Does she wash his clothes? Does he bring home his paycheck? Does he support his family: That is the way you express love in the family, and that is the way you express love in the church, in your concern and in your help for others. You cannot say that you are loving someone unless you have a concern for him, especially a concern with his spiritual welfare." 1
Each decision we make as a body means asking the same question. "Is what I want to do, actually do, a demonstration of God's love?" We must make sure our love is grounded in truth.
What are some of the ways we can show love right here, within our local church?
It is only as we show God's selfless love that we truly become adequate representatives of His presence in a fallen world. The inner condition of the local church is the first issue we must deal with as believers. Just as my ministry will not be effective, if I don't strive to walk on a consistent basis with the Lord, neither will the ministry of the local body. And this expectation isn't always successful, but the call is to consistency of a Holy Spirit-driven effort. The Christian walk, be it individual or corporate, is one of process.
"For those God foreknew, he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers" (Romans 8:29).
To be continued.
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