Paving the Way to Loving Relationships

The 30-Day Love Challenge Scripture Reading: Matthew 22:37-39 “Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your sould and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Last week’s message talked about the different types of difficult people that we encounter in our lives. Kamusta? How did you do this week in terms of dealing with them? No matter how difficult or impossible it may seem, as Christians, we are expected to love them. All of us have our own faults. We may be 1, or 2, or 3 of the 10 in last week’s list and not even realize it. And yet, “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) We can only love others when we have the love of God flowing in our lives. I love this old song which I remember usually when I am at work and irritants and stresses are present: Let your love flow through me (2x) Make me a blessing Lord, wherever I may be; Keep me pure, keep me clean So that You might be seen Let your love, let your love flow through me. Difficult people are not always unbelievers. There are Christians who still remain to be difficult (!) and we are also expected to love one another. John 13:35 “By this shall all men know that y are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” We have to always keep in mind: Love is a decision. It is not based on feelings.1 We CAN decide to love everyone, including & especially the unlovables!

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Lord, Teach Me How To Love – C.A. Dollar Jr.

30-Day Love Challenge

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More quotes from Creflo A. Dollar’s book Lord, Teach Me How to Love • • • How much endurance does your love have? God accepts us as we are and still chooses to stand by us and shower us with His blessings daily. True love doesn’t give up on people just because they are irritating or because they make mistakes. -

Matthew 22:37-38 “Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your sould and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.” Different people have different ways of showing their love to someone. Some say it with gifts; some through physical touch. Others offer words of affirmation. Some people are willing to serve the ones they love. And then there are those who show love by spending quality time with their loved ones. These are called the 5 Love Languages.

Jesus already gave us the directive on how we can show our love for God. John 14:15 “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” The best way that we can show our love for God is by OBEYING HIS COMMANDS. How do we know what his commands are? Read the Word! Some things to remember about Obedience (still from CADollar Jr’s book): PARTIAL OBEDIENCE IS DISOBEDIENCE. DELAYED OBEDIENCE IS DISOBEDIENCE. -

Matthew 22: 39 “And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” If we say we love God, then we must love our brothers as well. 1 John 4:20, 21 “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.” Be ready to be tested! If you ask God for patience, get ready for the test! If you ask God for courage, brace yourself to face your fears. That is the only way to know you have overcome something – when you go through a challenge. So when you say you love God and you want to obey His commands – then be ready to love the unlovables, for you will surely be tested! ☺

30-Day Love Challenge

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“The more we strive to walk in love, the more our love will be challenged in our relationships with everyone around us.” – Creflo A. Dollar Jr. In the NT epistles, we can find many “one another” verses. These verses teach us what loving relationships are all about, thus making them great practical applications in loving our neighbors. I challenge every one of you to take part in this 30-Day Challenge.

(Explain mechanics: One verse a day : Memorize & apply to as many people they can think of (if possible), or to a specific person, as the Holy Spirit leads. Reminders will be posted online at BFGFC’s Facebook page.)

(Quickly discuss / cite examples & suggestions on the 1st seven days of the challenge.)

“Our horizontal relationship with one another is based on our vertical relationship with God.” – Creflo A. Dollar Jr.

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