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    'Christ-Like Love' by Pastor Vern

    February 24, 2017

    Genesis 50: 1-6, 12-21     

    Our understanding of love is tested everyday with the relationships we have. We are challenged to reflect Christ’s love. Our devotion to God places us in strategic positions to practice love.

    Love definition – belonging not spectator

    • Seeking the highest good of others, is a decision to be committed to the well-being of others
    • Looks at others without conditions and is not based on emotions or feelings
    • Our devotion to God  prompts us to act on behalf of others

    1 Cor 13: 4-8

    “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails”      

    Joseph and his brothersGen 50  

    • Jacob dies and the family is in mourning
    • Joseph receives permission from Pharaoh to bury Jacob back in Israel
    • When the time for mourning passes the brothers begin to worry about what Joseph might do
    • They come to him, confess and request that they be treated as servants
    • Joseph weeps and assures them that he bears them no ill will
    • ‘You intended to harm me but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done’

    Joseph and reconciliation – lessons that we learn from our tough times

    1 God allows challenges into our lives – we all face tough times

    2 God uses these challenges to help shape us – we learn as we grow through tough times

    3 God causes those challenges to equip us for kingdom effectiveness – our experiences guide us

    Jerry Bridges ‘The Practise of Godliness’ p246-247 motivational statements

    • I am patient with you because I love you and want to forgive you
    • I am kind to you because I love you and want to help you
    • I do not envy your possessions or your gifts because I love you and want you to have the best
    • I do not boast about me because I love you and want to hear about you
    • I am not proud because I love you and want to esteem you before me
    • I am not rude because I love you and care about your feelings
    • I am not self-seeking because I love you and want to meet your needs
    • I am not easily angered by you because I love you and want to overlook your offenses
    • I do not keep a record of wrongs because I love you and ‘love covers a  multitude of sins’

    Application

    • Christ-like love is costly

    o   Invests even when hurt, finds a way to give, doesn’t require payback

    • Christ-like love forgives

    o   Offers grace when not deserved and can be patient and kind

    • Christ-like love reaches out

    o   Initiates first move, moves forward and shares genuine joy and delight

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