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December 1, 2013

Love is an action verb. For God so loved the world so much, that He gave His Only Begotten Son to die for us. God did not have to sacrifice His son, but He did it out of love. This is real love for God to give His Only Begotten Son. God knew our hearts would be evil, selfish and contrite; yet, He knew the “Blood” could cleanse us. If and when we allowed Him to enter our hearts, only He could replace “hate with love, evil with goodness” and turn a sinner into a saint. It was not the nails in His hands and feet that kept Him on the cross; it was His love for us. He hung there, died and was placed in a borrowed tomb. Now, that is LOVE.
I was watching two little children of opposite race playing together at a park. Neither of the children even noticed a “color difference”. Finally, a Caucasian guardian step in and snatched the little Caucasian child away streaming and said; “you don’t play with those kind”.
An interracial couple devoted their love for each other. Yet, in her workplace, she was met with resistance from her co-workers and peers. The relationship could not develop because she listened to her peers, worried about what her family, her peers or church family would think of her dating an African American guy. So often, we miss out on the best thing in life by allowing other people to dictate our happiness.
When we watch football, everyone blocks for the quarterbacks and running backs (regardless of their skin color) to build a more united team. Players depend on each other to build a more perfect team. In life, we all are players on the field. We have to forget about skin color and come together to build a more perfect team for the Kingdom. Jesus is our Coach and He has already given us the playbook and rules- that will make us winners in life.
If we follow His rules and playbook (Bible), we will be a better and united team. It stopped being about us when He did something for us that we couldn’t do for ourselves. He was sinless but died for all sinners. He had done no wrong, but died for all wrong-doers. He was led as a Sheep to the slaughter, but had no evil in His mouth.
When He died on the cross and was raised again, He never looked at people through “black and white” eyes. When we are born again, our vision should be transformed from this world. When we have been washed in the blood, He makes all of us whiter than snow. We can no longer allow skin color to deter our destination or separate us from the love of Christ.
Our enemy has put together a well-diversified team that is united. The enemy team is designed to seek, kill and destroy any teams on the schedule. If we try to play selfish ball, our enemy will destroy us; one by one. We have to put on the full uniform (the whole armor of God) that we would be able to withstand the fiery darts of our enemy and any weapons formed against us. If we can’t love our team mate because of their skin color, how can we love God? It is impossible to love God without loving our neighbors and team mates.
The world would be such a nice place if people showed love to one another. So many people spend hours a day hating and only a few minutes of loving (our selected group) of people. Jesus died for ALL. He looked beyond OUR faults and saw OUR needs.
Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. 10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another.(Romans 12:9-10)
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:1-8, 13)
My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but indeed and in truth.(1 John 3:18)

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  1. Amen, love truly is an action word!

  2. Amen Pastor Fairley, THAT’s Love!

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