Let Yourself Be Loved
- Date: September 28, 2018
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” (John 13:35)
- From No Greater Love
We've been dealing with the love of God and understanding what the Holy Spirit emphasizes so clearly. "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another" (John 13:35). As a fellowship, I believe we have been a great example of that over the years. We don't compare ourselves with anybody else. We compare ourselves with the Word of God, and because of that we know that there's room for improvement. The fact is that we're so humble that we won't look around at other churches and think, "You know, I think we're doing a better job than most of them." We're too humble to do that. We compare ourselves with the standard of the Word of God, and there's room for improvement. There is room for improvement in the way that we functionally and on a daily basis love one another. Our doctrine is great, but functionally, how do we on a typical, daily basis show our love one to another? That love starts in the home, doesn't it? The people that we're closest to. But we probably don't get it perfectly right every day in our homes, do we? As we studied that out, we saw that there's room for improvement. We found out that love is dying to ourselves and preferring others. Love is-whether it's for our spouse, our children, or part of the community-love is just preferring others. It's setting the same worth on them that God has set upon them. The fact that they are His children and bought with His blood makes every one of us here valuable. Some of us get awful critical of ourselves and hard on ourselves at times, but don't devalue yourself. God loves you. Don't devalue yourself. God loves you, and because of that, His love is going to be expressed to you through His body, the church. Let people in. Let people love you. I don't mean the superficial love that many of us would love to have. "I want you to love me and give me my way all the time." Let people love you and speak truth to your life. Let people into your life, especially as they come to bring light. They come to bring the Word of God. That's how we relate practically in the love of God.
We want this surface love. We want this emotional love. But greater love has no man than this, that he would lay down his soul, his psuke, for his friends. I won't bother to spend a lot of time on that. We've gone over that many times. The soul is comprised of emotion, intellect, and will. We subordinate all of that to the truth of God's Word. Many times, our emotions don't get into agreement with the Word of God. Can you say, "Amen" for that? Many times, our intellect, all that we know, all that we know from experience, all that we know from the material world, and all that we know from science conflicts with the Word of God. Let God be true and every man a liar. The soul has its own realm that it operates in. There is a realm of soulical truth, but faith supersedes it. The Word of God supersedes all that we know in the realm of the soul. Love rises up in us and brings this soul into subjection. It tells us that love never fails. If we'll believe the love of God to us as expressed in His Word, it never fails. If God's for us, nobody can be against us. That's the love that we promote to one another and encourage one another with to be doers of the Word. We're not just soulical hearers. Be doers of the Word, a people that walk in the Spirit, and we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh. As we love one another, open up your lives. Let people come in that will speak the truth to you, not what you want to hear in the soulical realm.