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JESUS CHRIST PREACHED TRUE LOVE – Luke

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Nothing Carries More Weight Than True Love

(Passage: Luke 23)

If love and hatred are compared, love wins. True love, nothing like it! It is more special to God than anything else.

God has a true love for us (humanity) and sent us his only Son, Jesus Christ, to save us from our sins. Jesus also came here to do everything in pure love.

Since love is so important to God, you and I must understand we will never meet the threshold of becoming a true child of God without loving God and loving others.

No greater law than the requirement that we must love God with all our hearts and might. And that we must also be gracious and love other people as ourselves.

Here are these two questions you should answer:

  1. Are you a child of God?
  2. Do you have a true love for others?

Your answer must be “Yes” to those two questions to meet the requirement set by God for you to qualify for God’s kingdom. In other words, God won’t welcome you to heaven if you are not a child of God, and if you don’t truly love others at the same time.

Let’s learn from Jesus, who demonstrated what it takes to show perfect love to others.

God sent him (Jesus) to save humanity from sin. The task wasn’t easy for the Son of God because he had to deal with a difficult species.

Jesus came and preached peace and love to the people of the world. He helped the poor and did many other good things. But, people abused him.

They resented and mocked him. 

People persecuted Jesus and wished him dead. (They got that in the end).

Despite the hostility that Christ faced, he was determined to have a genuine love for the people. 

Christ loved everyone, regardless of whether they appreciate him or not.

No Rivalry For Genuine Love 

True love drove Jesus to focus on his mission to save humanity. He finished his task!

As a child of God, you are better off when you allow love to motivate you in performing your task.

Learn from Jesus Christ, who truly loved difficult people in difficult situations.

Jesus, the Son of God, responded with love when people he came to save hated him. 

When they persecuted Jesus and dragged him to the cross, he ensured to include in his final words:

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23:34).

Don’t forget it won’t be easy to show true love, but you must do as God required.

See what people did to Jesus, as he chose to let love rule:

  1. People and their rulers said, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if he is the Christ, the chosen of God” (Luke 23:35).
  2. The soldiers mocked him and gave him vinegar to drink (Luke 23: 36).
  3. The soldiers mocked him and said, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself” (Luke 23: 37).
  4. His accusation was written on his cross for all people to mock with “THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS” (Luke 23: 38).
  5. Jesus was nailed to the cross alongside two convicted criminals (Luke 23: 39).
  6. One of the criminals mocked Jesus and said, “If you are the Christ, save yourself and us” (Luke 23: 39).
  7. Jesus cried in pain, and no one helped him; he eventually died on the cross.

Could Jesus have chosen to hate instead of true love? Absolutely! But he acted differently. He showed true love instead of hatred. This is something for us to emulate. #truelove #hate #act #besomething

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Consider the characteristic of Jesus Christ, as he demonstrated true love to others:

  1. Jesus preached God’s kingdom, irrespective of any surrounding circumstance.
  2. Despite constant terror and persecutions, Jesus remained positive, and he continued to do good for people.
  3. Jesus fed the poor, raised the dead, and healed numerous diseases.
  4. (Yeah, the list of the good things that Jesus did for others is endless, but people still persecuted and killed him. But he loved his enemies.)

 

True Love Has a Consequence

You can’t love and be at a loss. It’s impossible!

Love rules at all times. Even when you consider it’s a loss, re-evaluate the situation, you will discover that love has won.

Consider this: 

Christ’s death has become our gain. We die to sin through his death, and true his resurrection, we resurrect to godliness and qualify for heaven.

The best sermon anyone can preach is about love. Love is the ultimate because God loved the world and sent his only beloved Son to save us. Anyone who believes in Jesus will be saved (John 3:16). #john #sermon #ultimate #son #preach

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Pray For Salvation

Dear God, I am grateful that Jesus chose love instead of hatred. I thank Jesus for enduring all things for the sake of saving poor sinners like me. What more can I do than to appreciate what Christ has done for me! Therefore, I confess my faith in Jesus Christ. I believe he is the Son of God, and I accept him as my personal Lord and Savior. From now on, I am a child of God. Glory to God in the highest! Amen.

Remember: Jesus Christ Preached True Love

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GOD DOES NOT REWARD FALSE CHARITY – Matthew

Honest Charity Deserves Good Reward

It is good to be good! When we act in good faith, people are blessed, and God is glorified.

No doubt that God sees our charity efforts. He is surely keeping the record, and he will reward them in due time.

God and his angels rejoice when someone goes out of his way to bless his fellow human being, but not only are heavenly hosts celebrating the good deed, but God keeps the record; he will hands down his good reward for the effort.

Since an act of charity is honorable in the sight of the Lord, Christians are encouraged to engage in it.

Charity Worker, Check Your Motive

Not all charity works are visible to others, but some can’t really be kept secret from the public eyes. In such a situation, people may acknowledge and shower praises on the worker. However, the charity worker must take caution and not get carried away with the praises he receives.

A person who does a thing to receive human praise has gotten all he deserves. He may not necessarily receive God’s reward afterward since he’s all out seeking human’s approval and praises.

Seek God’s Endorsement, not a human endorsement! #endorse

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As children of God, our efforts must not focus on receiving human’s praises but must focus on glorifying God.

When selfishness is not the driving motive, the result of our efforts will be so praise-worthy in the presence of God.

Meanwhile, besides any human’s praises and acknowledgment, God knows how best to reward our righteous services that focus on helping humanity and glorifying the name of God.

God will reciprocate our true efforts with riches and glory in his kingdom. He will also bless us on earth.

“Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you; they have their reward. But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly. (Matthew 6:2-4).

God’s Reward Awaits Your True Services

God is an honest deity; he also respects people who share the same attribute. True worshipers score a high mark with God, but people’s pleasers won’t go far!

As a child of God, you should evaluate your motive in any matter.

Ask yourself, “Why am I doing what I’m doing: Am I doing it to receive human’s praises, or I’m doing it to receive God’s praises?”

Self-seeking praise may go well with humans, but it doesn’t go well with God. Let your efforts be motivated by love; let your action glorify God! 

Allow God to Guide Your Actions Human flesh is in enmity with God – Flesh will encourage you to go in the way of human satisfaction, which means you will have to seek human praises to meet the demand. The flesh will motivate you to parade your charity, but the Holy Spirit of God can help you overcome that challenge. Those who are led by the Spirit are the children of God! Ask God to give you the strength and power not to be selfish nor seek

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