Walking in Love Pt. I
Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator
This Labor Day weekend, our campus pastors delivered the message continuing in our study of 1 John, “God Is.”
Reading from 1 John 3:11-24, John talks extensively on the subject of love. Love is a pretty broad topic – as followers of Christ we are called to love our neighbors and even love our enemies. But what is interesting about this passage is that John is talking specifically about loving our brothers and sisters in Christ, everyone who is part of the Church. This is an incredibly important component of the Body of Christ, because when the world sees a community full of Christ-like love for each other, it helps paint a picture of who Jesus is.
In the message, the campus pastors gave four choices that we could make that determines the life that we live:
- You may choose murder. This is obviously extreme, but unfortunately it can and does happen, even within the body.
- You may choose hatred. This is perhaps more common than murder, but in Matthew 5:21-22 Jesus makes it clear that this is just as bad as murder
- You may choose indifference. Apathy may not seem as bad as hatred or murder, but it’s really the first step on the road that leads to the other two.
- You may choose self-sacrificial love – the love that Jesus calls us to when we passionately pursue him and the love that John reaffirms in this passage.
When you really look at it, there may be four options but there are really only two: Either we can die to ourselves or let others die, metaphorically. Either we can love others or we can say to them that their lives have no value to us. The death that you choose determines the life that you live. John makes it very clear in vv.17-18 when he says,
If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
Maybe this verse is a little convicting to you – I know it is to me! So how can we be sure that we are growing in love for our brothers and sisters in Christ? One of our core values at Central is “Passionately Pursuing Jesus,” and that is exactly what we all need to be doing. If we’re growing in our love for God, we’ll also be growing in our love for one another, as Jesus will prompt us to move in ways that help others.
This is Living – Hillsong Music
The Stand – Hillsong Music
Holy Spirit – Jesus Culture Music
Here’s My Heart – Chris Tomlin