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Valentine's Day Gospel Message (Sermon)

Valentine's Day Gospel Message (Sermon)

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A short message meant for evangelistic Valentine's Day events. Based on the famous passage on love in 1 Corinthians 13, and then moving on to how we need God's love.
A short message meant for evangelistic Valentine's Day events. Based on the famous passage on love in 1 Corinthians 13, and then moving on to how we need God's love.

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Valentine’s Day Message
Love is not just cupids and your heart in your throat. We use the word “love” tomean a lot of things. We can say, “I love that movie!” Sometimes, we can fall inlove and then fall out of love. But true love is the most powerful force in the world.Let’s look at what the Bible has to say about love.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Lovenever gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
We’ve all heard of this verse, and we usually use it to describe how we want to acttoward our loved ones. But this is not a description of love only between a husbandand wife, or even between friends. This is a description of the type of love that Godhas for all people, regardless of whether they deserve it.If you look carefully, you’ll see how this love is something that isn’t normal forhumans.
Patient and kind 
We all can be patient and kind toward those who are nice to us, or that we havesympathy or familiar affection for. But what about other people? Sometimes, we arenot even patient and kind with ourselves. Patient and kind means that you are
long-suffering
, or willing to bear with the other person for their sake.
Not jealous or boastful or proud or rude
It’s easy to love when others pay attention to us, flatter us, or reciprocate our love.But what about when that doesn’t happen? Aren’t we bound to get jealous, or wantsomeone to see us as valuable? And when we don’t get that recognition, isn’t it soeasy for us to rudely interrupt and demand that recognition? We say, “Hey, payattention to me!”
Not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.
Now, on this point, it is the most easy to see the difference between what wecommonly think of love and what the Bible is talking about. Who here is willing toforgive his brother seven times seventy? That’s how many times Jesus told Peter toforgive people who offended him. But, actually, if we love the way God loves, we’renot even going to count.
 
It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.
Love is not meek. It is bold. It is willing to speak the truth and to stand up for whatis right. Some people wonder how a loving God could allow people to go to hell. Butthey don’t understand love. True love is not blind to justice. If you truly lovesomeone, you’re not going to lie to them or encourage their self-destructivebehavior. A loving God is not your uncle who gives you candy and pats you on thehead. A loving God is your loving father who’s going to do everything he can toprotect you.If we all loved this way, I think the world would be radically different than it is today. This type of love is not thinking about itself. It doesn’t care if it’s unpopular or risky.
Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures throughevery circumstance.
Finally, this true love never gives up. It never ends. In Lamentations 3, Jeremiah theprophet said, “ Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed,for his compassions never fail.They are new every morning;great is your faithfulness.”God’s love for us is never-ending. We love when we feel like it, but the Bible saysthat God
is
love. You may wonder how God showed His love for you. First, let me tell you somethingthat should be abundantly apparent to everyone who reads the news: Humans arenot inherently good. No, instead, our natural inclinations are toward evil. And, we allhave turned away from God’s righteous standard. Who here can say that you’vealways obeyed all the things we talked about in 1 Corinthians 13?So, God showed His love for us in this: He sent His Son Jesus Christ to die to pay thepenalty of our sin.
1 John 4:9-10
God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.
 This is true love in action. Everything that we’ve read about tonight—that’s how Godhas loved us. He has been patient and kind, not counting our wrongs against Him,and unwilling to let us follow our natural destiny, which is eternal punishment.
Romans 5:6-8
When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for ussinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though

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