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This Is Love: Let All You Do Be Done in Love
Three areas to filter all we do through love. I Corinthians 13:1-13
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    948 S 91st E Ave, Tulsa, OK 74112, USA
    domingo 10:00 AM
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What if love was the ‘filter’ for everything you did? Every action, every thought that you entertained. The Bible says, “Let all you do be done in love” (1 Corinthians 16:14).That text came to my mind as I jumped up from working on this message and tried to do a project that involved another person. I believe God was speaking to me. I wanted to finish this message and the additional task was not being done by consciously loving the people around me.
So does that mean at your job, too? School? Shopping? Yes! Let ALLyou do be done in LOVE. If God is living in believers, and He is, then His honor and glory are at stake as you shine as His light in the world. He said that we are the light of the world.
In order to see what true love looks like, God has put His life and love in us so that others can see it. We can see His creative power in the universe or in a beautiful sunset. Others can see His transforming power through us when we love our enemies as well as our friends. His wisdom is seen in the complexity of the human eye; His love is seen when we are patient and kind to someone who has wronged or offended us.
Let’s re-read the characteristics of love in 1 Corinthians 13 so we don’t think of love as merely a feeling or only an emotion. This chapter describes the active love that we should exhibit as a follower of Christ.
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Convicting right? Are you ever impatient with others? Irritable? Rude? Remember, let ALL you do be done in LOVE. The love that we just read about. At work, and in your home when you are tired from the day’s work.
Here are three areas from Scripture we can start with in filtering all we do through love:
My mouth has gotten me into trouble more than once! If we don’t speak the truth in love (according to this verse) we stunt our spiritual growth. Have you ever said in anger, “O, grow up!”? Loving and caring for others through what we say and how we say it causes us to grow spiritually. Your words can build up or tear down, encourage others or discourage them.
Our words can hurt or heal. They can be like knives or pleasant and like medicine. In all the political name calling and mudslinging, and posting on social media (and Christians are involved in this) there is not much love. As hateful, hurtful and wrong the abortion industry is we must love, not hate, those who are promoting and participating in that evil practice.
“There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise promotes health.”
Proverbs 12:18 (NKJV)
“Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.”Proverbs 16:24 (NKJV)
If I am going to have gospel conversations with others, then my words must be spoken in love or I’m just making an annoying noise. You can be right in your theology but wrong in your method of sharing it. That doesn’t mean I’m not salty. Jesus said some of the hardest things, but they were always spoken in love. We should too.
Our walk is our lifestyle. The way we conduct ourselves as believers. The way our light shines. Our lives should reflect the love of Christ. The following verses show us the holiness that should reflect our walk and our words. There is an ‘ought’ in our walk with Jesus. Look at Ephesians 5:3-7 and the verse below.
“Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” 1 John 4:11 (NKJV)
We are bought with the blood of Jesus; we are not our own, free to do whatever we want. We shouldn’t serve out of compulsion or unwillingly either. Our service should be saturated with love. If I only do the minimum just to ease my conscience I’m not serving in love. The greatest person according to Jesus is servant of all. These verses have come to my mind more times than I can count:
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”John 13:34–35 (NKJV)
Love, Jesus said, as I have loved you. The sacrificial, laying your life down, kind of love! That is possible only if He lives in you. That is possible as you die to yourself and let Him live through you. As you serve others.
As we respond to the Lord this morning let’s re-read the end of 1 Corinthians 13:13
“And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”1 Corinthians 13:13 (NKJV)
Faith and hope only work properly through love. Love is the greatest because it is what makes us who we are. God is love. He dwells in us. If we don’t love, we don’t really know God at all and all our effort is worthless. True hope never lets us down. The love of God is poured into our hearts because the Holy Spirit that God has given us.
A prayer to pray:
That God would: grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height—to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 3:16–19 (NKJV)
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