Strong Love


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Stronger Things Week #3

Strong Love
 
Ephesians 3:14-21 – “For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
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Be rooted and grounded in love.
 
What are the most important commandments? Jesus said: 
A) Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, strength
B) Love your neighbor as yourself.
 
We need to love, no matter the cost.
 
1) Strong Love for God
 
You can’t go after the “candy” that the world offers.
 
Candy gives a burst of energy, but it doesn’t satisfy and it doesn’t last.
 
When we’re the most satisfied in God, we love at our best.
 
Strong love is a choice. We have to do it, even when it’s difficult.
 
2) Strong Love for Christ followers
 
Part of our neighbors are Christ followers.
 
You have to be strongly connected to the body of Christ. This means:
* You have to serve. 
* You can’t give up because your candy got taken away.
* You have a devotional life, even if it’s not perfect.
* You choose to have someone walk with you.
* You choose to believe what the Bible says.
* You trust God when you’re weak.
* You understand that others are watching you.
 
3) Strong Love for others
 
Do you KNOW people who don’t know Christ?
Do you PRAY for and INTERACT with people who don’t know Christ?
 
The world is your mission field.
 
Jesus pursues relationships no matter what the cost.