HIS LOVE: treat with respect

This sermon was delivered at Bethesda Church of God in Reed City, MI on February 13th, 2011 by the Rev. N.C. Strom.

HIS LOVE: treat with respect

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.  1 John 1:7

Introduction: “Respect” is a song written and originally released by recording artist Otis Redding in 1965. “Respect” became a 1967 hit and signature song for R&B singer Aretha Franklin. While Redding wrote the song as a man’s plea for respect and recognition from a woman, the roles were reversed for Franklin’s version. Men and women want to be both loved and respected. God who made all people knows this need and thereby has given us the greatest example of love, His Love. What is God’s L.O.V.E?

Light (1 John 2:1-6)   His perfect love    [walk in the light, as he is in the light]

  1. Jesus Christ is the light of the world (Gen. 1:3,4;  John 1:4,5) = His love gives us light in dark places, He is perfect.
  2. The light reveals life discrepancies (Psalm 26:1-2; Matt 5:48) = His love seeks to make beautiful, He makes us perfect.
  3. Light shows the way (Psalm 119:105, Matt 7:13,14) = His love leads the way to righteousness, He requires perfection.

Oneness (Eph. 4:2-7)   His forbearing love    [have fellowship one with another]

  1. Christ love is sacrificial (Eph 5:2) = We should walk in His love {in as much as you have done unto the least of these…}
  2. Christ love is a blessing (Matt 5:44) = We should act in His love {blessed to be a blessing}
  3. Christ love cannot be separated from us (Rom 8:38,39) = We should live in His Love {in Him we live, move and have being}

Victory (Rom. 5:1-11)   His poured out love   [the blood of Jesus Christ]

  1. Blood bought justification{vs1,2} = we can demean the grace of God when we promote madness and sorrow (Psalm 37:23)
  2. Blood bought Holy Ghost {vs5} = we can grieve the spirit of God when we stop the flow of love (Eph 4:30; 1 Thess. 5:19)
  3. Blood bought reconciliation{vs8,10} = we can downgrade a relationship with God when we sing the blues (John 3:16)

Entitlement (Eph 2:1-7)   His great love   [cleanseth us from all sin]

  1. We can be holy and pure {vs5} = His love enables holiness by His grace (1 Peter 1:15,16)
  2. We can sit in heavenly places (vs6) = His love abides owing to His enduring grace (John 15:9,10)
  3. We can ask of Him {vs7} = His love provides by means of the riches of His grace (Matt. 7:7,8)

 Conclusion:  (Read 1 John 4:7-21)  His love is truly amazing. As the psalmist stated “none can compare”. What God asks for in return for His love is a little R.E.S.P.E.C.T. We so badly disrespect the love of God towards us when we do not show His love toward others. We can love Him ONLY because He first loved us. Likewise, we can love others ONLY because He first showed us what it means to love.

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  1. Good post. God’s love is far-reaching, and all He really asks is that we walk in the same love toward others. Therefore we will be perfect, just as He is perfect. Perfection is not living without committing sin, but walking in love.


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