#179 – LOVING OTHERS IS LOVING JESUS (27/8/20)
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Loving someone means that we learn to love what they love. To sin is to love what brought death and corruption into the world; to love sin is to love what separated us from God! To love or like Sin is to love or enjoy what Jesus died to save us from! So when we love others, we are joining with Jesus on something that is of major ‘interest’ to Him.
‘For everyone looks out for their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ. But you know that Timothy has proved himself, because as a son with his father he has served with me in the work of the gospel. I hope, therefore, to send him as soon as I see how things go with me. And I am confident in the Lord that I myself will come soon.’ (Philippians 2:21-24)
Timothy’s sacrificially journey to Philippi on behalf of Paul was pleasing to Jesus. Serving with others ‘in the work of the gospel’ is loving Jesus because He loves it when we help others to know and grow in the gospel.
In the story of The Sheep and Goats, Jesus says,
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me…‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.” (Matthew 25:40, 45)
This passage is principally about serving our ‘brothers and sisters’ who are in need. Do you see that loving or not loving them is loving or not loving Jesus! Do you see that a life-style that consistently puts selfishness over loving the saints is hell-bound!
Are you as sheep or a goat? I hope that you are a sheep - someone who loves Jesus and loves His people. Take a moment to go through the story of The Sheep and Goats in Matthew 25:31-46; ask the Spirit to teach you to live such a life of love.
COMMUNITY GROUP STUDY
Some groups are not meeting in August. However, if you do meet, please use one of the daily studies and the questions below as the basis of your study together.
1. What is the Holy Spirit speaking to you about (maybe from Sunday's message or your bible reading this week)?
2. What will you do in response?
3. How can we pray for you?
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