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February 24, 2017
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The Ten Commandments: The Golden Rule

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  • Bobby Schuller: Welcome. Thank you for joining us today.
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  • All right, friends, this is something we do every Sunday.
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  • Would you hold your hands out like this
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  • as a sign of receiving?
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  • I'm not what I do. I'm not what I have.
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  • I'm not what people say about me.
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  • I am the beloved of God. It's who I am.
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  • No one can take it from me.
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  • I don't have to worry. I don't have to hurry.
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  • I can trust my friend Jesus
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  • and share his love with the world, amen.
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  • You can have a seat.
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  • Okay, this morning we're gonna talk about love and it's hard to
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  • talk about love because I feel very often the word "love" is
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  • used so much and so generally and spoken of so vapidly,
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  • you know, in an empty, shallow way that I'm--my worry about
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  • the sermon today is that it'll be boring honestly.
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  • Like "Okay, ho-hum.
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  • You gotta love people. You gotta be a loving person."
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  • And I talk about love all the time so I was
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  • a little concerned with that.
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  • And yet I think that at the heart of it, to understand love
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  • truly is to really understand what life is all about,
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  • that the greatest human need is to love others and to be loved.
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  • And the most important person you can love
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  • and be loved by is God.
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  • That's what we believe and that Christ creates
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  • a way for that to happen.
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  • You model in your life the kind of love the world really needs,
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  • Christian love.
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  • Your love is proactive. Your love is brave.
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  • Your love is the kind of love that the world needs.
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  • You're not afraid to lay it all out there.
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  • And I'm not talking about just romantic love.
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  • I'm talking about friends.
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  • I'm even talking about loving your enemies,
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  • or you competitors, or people who disagree
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  • with you politically or religiously.
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  • I'm proud of you because your love is not segregated
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  • or cut off but it reaches out and in a way is even messy
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  • and dangerous and that's okay.
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  • Christian love is proactive.
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  • It's empathetic. It's caring.
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  • And in some ways it's simple.
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  • It's simple because it's just as simple as this, you care,
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  • you actually care about people.
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  • And I wanna just affirm that in you today that you are a loving,
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  • Christ-filled person and when you are a loving person,
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  • things get messy and that's okay.
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  • You have not withdrawn your love, your affection, your
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  • kindness, your goodness to other people because you've
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  • gotten angry, or because people have hurt you,
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  • or because you've messed up sometimes.
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  • You are a loving good person, and I'm proud of you.
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  • You're not judging.
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  • You're seeking to understand before you assess
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  • and that's good.
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  • That's what the world needs.
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  • I wanna affirm in you that God is getting ready to pour out
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  • in new ways his love on your life.
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  • God's going to open up new windows.
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  • He's gonna create new opportunity for you
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  • and his love is not gonna be just something
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  • you kind of feel.
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  • You're gonna see God working in new ways in your life
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  • and I believe that as you experience that,
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  • it's going to push you to love others.
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  • It's gonna make you feel full of courage, faith,
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  • and even safety to in a trusting way
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  • reach out to other.
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  • Can I get an amen?
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  • It's gonna happen if you want it.
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  • It's coming.
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  • So, today we're talking about the narrow road
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  • and the narrow road is a series on how
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  • to be energized and alive.
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  • I believe that Jesus offered to us a way that was--
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  • that's difficult, that's narrow, that's hard,
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  • that's can be treacherous and even dangerous.
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  • But he says, "If you take that path instead of the easy way,
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  • you're gonna be filled with so much life.
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  • You're gonna be overwhelmed with my joy if you just do
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  • what I tell you to do."
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  • And so, the series that we're in now is the study of these
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  • key teachings that Jesus gave during his life.
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  • And the thing we're gonna talk about today is love,
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  • particularly in the context of what's known as the golden rule.
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  • Who can name the golden rule off the top of their heads?
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  • "Do unto others--"
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  • So famous, right?
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  • "What you'd have them do unto you."
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  • So, another way that Jesus would say this is,
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  • "Love your neighbor as yourself."
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  • So, this is the golden rule and what he says is,
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  • "This is the total fulfillment of my law and command."
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  • Now, I wanna talk a little bit of history,
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  • 'cause I find this so fascinating.
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  • This saying in a way was a twist on an older saying.
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  • What Jesus said here that's so famous today was actually
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  • shocking because he changed the wording of something
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  • that was already common in his day.
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  • So, there's two characters in the gospels that a lot of people
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  • are unfamiliar with, kind of a villain and a hero.
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  • And any 1st century reader of the gospels probably would have
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  • known who these two people were and their names were Hillel.
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  • Everybody say, "Hillel."
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  • Hillel's gonna be on my right. This is Hillel.
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  • Hi Hillel, nice to meet you. Hillel the elder and Shammai.
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  • Everybody say, "Shammai." Hillel, Shammai.
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  • It's a little bit wimpy. I'm gonna do it one more time.
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  • Hillel. Shammai.
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  • All right, good.
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  • So, Hillel and Shammai, two educated Jewish men,
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  • both of them major influences on Jewish life today.
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  • And Hillel lived to be 120, the same age as Moses.
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  • He was the leader of the Jewish community and built this
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  • incredible Jewish school upon which today
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  • rabbinic Judaism is built on.
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  • He was one of the major influences of a book called
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  • the Talmud and the Mishnah.
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  • And Hillel the elder's an incredibly wonderful man.
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  • His contemporary Shammai created a different house called
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  • the house of Shammai but they were friends.
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  • They were competitors but they worked together to build a sort
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  • of contemporary for their day, contemporary view of Judaism.
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  • And so, they were always arguing.
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  • Hillel's view of everything was Judaism is meant to be
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  • for the peace of the world, the shalom of the world.
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  • We were meant to reach out to the world,
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  • to be there for other people.
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  • Shammai said the purpose of Judaism is holiness,
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  • rightness in the sense of separateness.
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  • And as they both get older, and they both live to be a pretty
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  • ripe old age, they had these sort of two views and they
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  • became the main two influencers and leaders of Jewish thought
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  • up until Jesus' day.
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  • Jesus would have been in his teens, maybe 12 to 18 when
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  • Hillel the elder or Hillel the sage died and would have
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  • had a big influence on Jewish life.
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  • And Jesus would have heard many of his sermons
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  • and maybe even met him, which is astonishing.
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  • I'm surprised there's not more writing on that.
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  • And Shammai, who's always disagreeing with Hillel,
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  • takes over after Hillel dies.
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  • The golden rule is not original to Jesus.
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  • In a way, it's sort of original to Hillel but Hillel's rule we
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  • now call the silver rule of reciprocity and the way
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  • that it came about was this, this legend.
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  • Shammai is standing here and Shammai is all about, you know,
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  • "Do all the Torah right. Gentiles stay away.
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  • If you're rich, it's 'cause God's blessing you.
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  • If it's poor, it's 'cause God's cursing you."
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  • Hillel says, "No, that's not true.
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  • It's you wanna do--you wanna follow Torah to the T,
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  • but Torah is meant to bring shalom to the world,
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  • to reach out to people, right?
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  • So, it's two very different-- one's cut off.
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  • One is integrated.
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  • So, a Gentile comes to both of them and he says,
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  • "I wanna convert to Judaism but before I convert,
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  • I want you to explain to me while standing on one foot--"
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  • in other words, in a short amount of time--
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  • "the whole Torah."
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  • Shammai rebukes him in an angry way and storms out of the room.
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  • Hillel, however--who's a bit like Yoda from "Star Wars"
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  • just to give you a character, old man, lived to be 120.
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  • Looks at the man, still rebukes him and then says this,
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  • "What is hateful for you do not do to your fellow.
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  • This is the whole Torah. The rest is the explanation.
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  • Now go and learn."
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  • Okay, so this saying that's now in the Talmud becomes
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  • a famous saying in Jesus day.
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  • So, people God around saying,
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  • "Don't do what is hateful to others,"
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  • or in other words, cause no harm.
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  • The Hippocratic oath, for example, that the doctor's take.
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  • Very similar thing.
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  • Don't hurt people, don't harm people.
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  • So, there's this view that there needs to be like you can
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  • keep to yourself, you can do your own thing,
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  • just don't harm other people.
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  • So, when Jesus is then asked how to inherit eternal life,
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  • he says, "Love your neighbor as yourself."
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  • Another place he says, instead of saying don't do to others
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  • what you wouldn't want them to do, he says what?
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  • "Do, do unto others which you'd have them do unto you."
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  • So, he takes a famous saying and turns it around.
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  • And this is a big deal because in Jesus' day,
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  • Hillel has died and as Jesus is teaching,
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  • very likely, Shammai is the guy in control.
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  • So, a lot of the legalistic angry stuff is coming from
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  • Shammai people and there are still some of these Hillel
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  • disciples around but Shammai's kind of the big dog.
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  • And Jesus sort of takes the place of Hillel
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  • as a counter voice to Shammai.
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  • Isn't that interesting?
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  • And what he does, as he always does, he turns silver to gold.
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  • He takes what Hillel said that was true and good,
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  • cause no harm, and turns it to gold,
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  • "love one another, reach out to one another, reach to others.
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  • Don't just segregate. Go to others.
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  • Reach out to other people. People need you.
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  • Don't just isolate yourself.
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  • You need to go to others, and that is Christian love.
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  • Both Hillel and Jesus were invoking Leviticus chapter 19--
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  • I'm glad you didn't know I was teaching on Leviticus today.
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  • You might not have come to church.
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  • But this is a good one, it's a good one.
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  • It starts with sounding with what Hillel said.
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  • "Do not hate a fellow Israelite in your heart."
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  • Right, don't harm anybody.
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  • "Rebuke your neighbor frankly
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  • so you will not share in their guilt."
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  • Fair enough. Keep them accountable.
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  • But then it says, "Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge
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  • against anyone among your people," but what?
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  • "Love your neighbor as yourself."
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  • Love your neighbor as yourself.
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  • And one time one Pharisee asked Jesus,
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  • "How can I inherit eternal life?"
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  • And Jesus says to this Pharisee, "Well, what do you say?"
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  • And he says, "Love the Lord with all my heart and love my
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  • neighbor as yourself," something like that.
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  • "Love my neighbor as myself."
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  • And Jesus said,
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  • "Do this and you will inherit eternal life," right?
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  • Simple enough.
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  • But then the Pharisee won't let it sit.
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  • He says, "Well, who's my neighbor?"
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  • And in response to that question Jesus tells
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  • the famous story of the good Samaritan.
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  • There's a man dying in the road and a bunch of religious people
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  • just walk around him and forget about him.
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  • But the Samaritan, that is the most unreligious,
  • 00:11:48.280 --> 00:11:52.050
  • one of the most rejected people in the group in that day,
  • 00:11:52.060 --> 00:11:56.140
  • stops and he's the one who helps the man.
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  • In other words, it's the Samaritan who inherits
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  • eternal life and the Samaritan is your neighbor.
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  • It's your near dweller.
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  • It's not just-- it's anyone that's in
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  • the 15 feet of space around you.
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  • So, Christian love is about what you do.
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  • It is proactive.
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  • It is empathetic, and it's actually quite simple.
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  • It means you care.
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  • Jesus totally, totally epitomizes Christian love
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  • in everything he does.
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  • He's proactive. God comes from heaven to us.
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  • He doesn't wait for us to go to him.
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  • He comes to us!
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  • Jesus said, "You did not choose me, I chose you."
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  • Jesus says, "You're my beloved," huh?
  • 00:12:39.020 --> 00:12:42.060
  • And so, God is proactive in his love to us and he's empathetic.
  • 00:12:42.070 --> 00:12:46.050
  • Jesus took on himself the nature of a man to know our pain,
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  • to know our suffering, and the cross in and of itself
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  • is total proactive, empathetic love.
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  • It is God knowing our suffering and our sin dies to take our
  • 00:12:58.290 --> 00:13:03.090
  • place that we can have life, purging the world of all sin
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  • and death and one great act of courage.
  • 00:13:08.160 --> 00:13:11.280
  • That's Christian love.
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  • You wanna know Christian love, look at the cross.
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  • Christian love is not easy.
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  • It's not easy to lay down your life for another but Jesus
  • 00:13:20.130 --> 00:13:22.210
  • says to us, "No servant is greater than his master.
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  • I've served you now go and serve one another."
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  • And that's what Christian love is, amen?
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  • And you're doing it and I'm proud of you.
  • 00:13:32.020 --> 00:13:34.040
  • See, that's the thing is Christian love
  • 00:13:34.050 --> 00:13:36.100
  • doesn't walk away because it gets offended.
  • 00:13:36.110 --> 00:13:39.120
  • Christian love doesn't judge. It seeks to understand.
  • 00:13:39.130 --> 00:13:44.130
  • Christian love doesn't cut people out because of offense,
  • 00:13:44.140 --> 00:13:49.090
  • or anger, or disagreement.
  • 00:13:49.100 --> 00:13:51.290
  • The only time it cuts out is when there's boundaries.
  • 00:13:52.000 --> 00:13:55.080
  • So, love--so, what is love?
  • 00:13:55.090 --> 00:13:59.070
  • What is love?
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  • Anybody else hear it? As soon as I--it echoed.
  • 00:14:01.000 --> 00:14:03.280
  • Sorry, I digress. What is love?
  • 00:14:03.290 --> 00:14:10.230
  • See, I think that's one of the reasons that love can be boring
  • 00:14:10.240 --> 00:14:15.010
  • is because the answers are so bland
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  • and honestly hard to understand.
  • 00:14:19.190 --> 00:14:21.050
  • Love is very simple for Christians.
  • 00:14:21.060 --> 00:14:22.270
  • Love means you care about somebody.
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  • It means you care.
  • 00:14:24.170 --> 00:14:26.090
  • I remember once a guy told me a story about how he was caring
  • 00:14:26.100 --> 00:14:28.220
  • for his mom and he'd been caring for her for years.
  • 00:14:28.230 --> 00:14:32.190
  • And he was beginning to resent--resent her, and resent
  • 00:14:32.200 --> 00:14:35.090
  • where he was, and he was getting disappointed.
  • 00:14:35.100 --> 00:14:37.250
  • And I said to him, "But you continue to care for her."
  • 00:14:37.260 --> 00:14:39.170
  • And I said yeah.
  • 00:14:39.180 --> 00:14:41.110
  • And I said, "Do you say mean things
  • 00:14:41.120 --> 00:14:42.210
  • or do nasty things to her?"
  • 00:14:42.220 --> 00:14:44.070
  • He said, "No, I'm always taking care of her."
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  • I'm like, "Then you love your mom."
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  • Love is what you do and what you say.
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  • Love is not what you feel.
  • 00:14:49.160 --> 00:14:51.170
  • And in fact, there's something really courageous about being
  • 00:14:51.180 --> 00:14:54.020
  • faithful to care for someone in spite of anger, resentment,
  • 00:14:54.030 --> 00:14:59.040
  • exhaustion you might feel in the midst of that.
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  • Can I get an amen?
  • 00:15:01.210 --> 00:15:03.200
  • So, Christian love is not a feeling.
  • 00:15:03.210 --> 00:15:05.270
  • Christian love doesn't mean you're a doormat.
  • 00:15:05.280 --> 00:15:09.020
  • And Christian love trumps every command in the Bible that if
  • 00:15:09.030 --> 00:15:13.020
  • what you're doing is not loving, it's not Christian
  • 00:15:13.030 --> 00:15:16.000
  • because God is love, amen?
  • 00:15:16.010 --> 00:15:19.230
  • So, Christian love at its heart means to care, particularly
  • 00:15:19.240 --> 00:15:24.010
  • for the outcome of the individual.
  • 00:15:24.020 --> 00:15:26.120
  • And Christian love is proactive and empathetic and that is you.
  • 00:15:26.130 --> 00:15:31.250
  • You are proactive and empathetic.
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  • You're not reactive. You're not angry.
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  • You're not judging and yet you have principles,
  • 00:15:35.250 --> 00:15:39.020
  • you have boundaries.
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  • You speak your mind and sometimes you get angry
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  • and that's okay.
  • 00:15:42.100 --> 00:15:43.250
  • That doesn't mean you're a not a loving person.
  • 00:15:43.260 --> 00:15:45.250
  • In fact, loving people sometimes are the most angry
  • 00:15:45.260 --> 00:15:48.260
  • because they refuse to give up on people.
  • 00:15:48.270 --> 00:15:51.160
  • Anger is their passion that they feel for the people they love.
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  • Can I get an amen from angry people?
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  • Amen, amen?
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  • We don't wanna be angry, but we don't wanna turn
  • 00:16:01.270 --> 00:16:04.200
  • our anger to shame either, right?
  • 00:16:04.210 --> 00:16:07.120
  • So, your love is proactive. Proactive love means it brave.
  • 00:16:07.130 --> 00:16:12.000
  • It means that it's not afraid of getting hurt.
  • 00:16:12.010 --> 00:16:14.030
  • It's not afraid of messing up, 'cause it will mess up.
  • 00:16:14.040 --> 00:16:16.050
  • It's not afraid of reaching out.
  • 00:16:16.060 --> 00:16:18.050
  • And whether it's romantic love, or friend love, or whatever,
  • 00:16:18.060 --> 00:16:21.080
  • whatever kind of love it is, love is brave and it requires
  • 00:16:21.090 --> 00:16:25.020
  • courage because there's so much risk.
  • 00:16:25.030 --> 00:16:27.210
  • We're risking fear of abandonment,
  • 00:16:27.220 --> 00:16:29.190
  • fear of rejection, right?
  • 00:16:29.200 --> 00:16:32.140
  • And so, to reach out, to love other people,
  • 00:16:32.150 --> 00:16:35.010
  • to love a stranger, to love someone in need,
  • 00:16:35.020 --> 00:16:37.160
  • it requires courage and you are so brave.
  • 00:16:37.170 --> 00:16:40.040
  • Your love is brave.
  • 00:16:40.050 --> 00:16:42.000
  • Your love is courageous, your love is proactive
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  • and that's a good thing.
  • 00:16:44.060 --> 00:16:46.070
  • Example of this, I remember when there was this girl I was so
  • 00:16:46.080 --> 00:16:49.190
  • into in high school for a long time, many years.
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  • You probably--you've probably heard me tell this story.
  • 00:16:53.260 --> 00:16:55.210
  • Her name was Hannah Presley, and she was dating some guy.
  • 00:16:55.220 --> 00:16:59.220
  • And then she broke up with the guy and then I moved away.
  • 00:16:59.230 --> 00:17:03.050
  • And then I came back and then there was this weird thing
  • 00:17:03.060 --> 00:17:05.100
  • where I was like very tepidly like not seeking out this girl
  • 00:17:05.110 --> 00:17:08.210
  • 'cause I didn't--you know, I was like--
  • 00:17:08.220 --> 00:17:10.190
  • and then I remember I was like, I'm just gonna go for it.
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  • I'm gonna just put all my cards on the table.
  • 00:17:13.120 --> 00:17:16.140
  • And I remember when we were getting to know each other
  • 00:17:16.150 --> 00:17:18.220
  • I said, "I will come out to your brother's wedding if you give me
  • 00:17:18.230 --> 00:17:24.110
  • either the first dance or the last dance."
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  • And this was--her answer was so great.
  • 00:17:27.240 --> 00:17:29.280
  • She said, "I'll give you both."
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  • [congregation applauding]
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  • Whoa-ho-ho! Yes!
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  • Bom-bom-bom!
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  • That's what I'm talking about. Yeah!
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  • First flight out, Orange County to Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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  • I was at that wedding.
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  • And it was funny because we danced
  • 00:17:48.030 --> 00:17:50.180
  • and there were other guys who were there.
  • 00:17:50.190 --> 00:17:53.140
  • Oh, there's the picture.
  • 00:17:53.150 --> 00:17:55.040
  • There were other guys there who wanted to dance with her,
  • 00:17:55.050 --> 00:17:58.020
  • and I would kind of stand back and let them
  • 00:17:58.030 --> 00:17:59.260
  • and they wouldn't ask.
  • 00:17:59.270 --> 00:18:01.170
  • And I feel like so many guys my age in college
  • 00:18:01.180 --> 00:18:04.020
  • have gotten so wimpy.
  • 00:18:04.030 --> 00:18:05.170
  • They don't ask girls to dance.
  • 00:18:05.180 --> 00:18:07.010
  • They don't ask girls for numbers even though they like them.
  • 00:18:07.020 --> 00:18:09.010
  • They don't tell girls they love them 'cause they're scared.
  • 00:18:09.020 --> 00:18:11.160
  • So, if you're a young guy, man up.
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  • Be a man. Girls want men.
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  • Okay, can I get an amen from girls?
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  • All right, yeah!
  • 00:18:17.240 --> 00:18:20.050
  • Okay, I don't look like a man there but--
  • 00:18:20.060 --> 00:18:25.080
  • I'm only 18, so is she.
  • 00:18:25.090 --> 00:18:27.080
  • And we weren't even dating.
  • 00:18:27.090 --> 00:18:29.020
  • We were just happened to be there at the same time.
  • 00:18:29.030 --> 00:18:30.170
  • We took this picture together not knowing we'd be married
  • 00:18:30.180 --> 00:18:32.110
  • 3 years later, 2 years later.
  • 00:18:32.120 --> 00:18:34.010
  • So cute. So, love is brave, right?
  • 00:18:34.020 --> 00:18:38.140
  • And whether it's romantic love, or your friends,
  • 00:18:38.150 --> 00:18:40.110
  • or loving anyone, it requires courage.
  • 00:18:40.120 --> 00:18:42.210
  • It requires reaching out and doing
  • 00:18:42.220 --> 00:18:44.140
  • very often what's uncomfortable.
  • 00:18:44.150 --> 00:18:46.230
  • Love is brave. It's proactive.
  • 00:18:46.240 --> 00:18:49.060
  • It's not afraid of reaching out and that's who you are.
  • 00:18:49.070 --> 00:18:51.070
  • I'm so proud of you.
  • 00:18:51.080 --> 00:18:52.230
  • I'm so proud of how brave you've been, how brave you are,
  • 00:18:52.240 --> 00:18:55.210
  • and I know you're not gonna give up in your search
  • 00:18:55.220 --> 00:18:58.230
  • for deep friendships and your need to care
  • 00:18:58.240 --> 00:19:01.210
  • for those who are in need.
  • 00:19:01.220 --> 00:19:03.130
  • I'm so, so proud of you.
  • 00:19:03.140 --> 00:19:05.000
  • So proud of how you've cared for your kids,
  • 00:19:05.010 --> 00:19:07.000
  • or those who've needed you.
  • 00:19:07.010 --> 00:19:09.050
  • So proud of you guys. Love is proactive.
  • 00:19:09.060 --> 00:19:13.120
  • That's what Jesus did.
  • 00:19:13.130 --> 00:19:15.020
  • You know, Jesus was the first disciple
  • 00:19:15.030 --> 00:19:16.150
  • that was going to disciples.
  • 00:19:16.160 --> 00:19:17.260
  • He was recruiting disciples.
  • 00:19:17.270 --> 00:19:19.070
  • He didn't have them come to him like everybody else.
  • 00:19:19.080 --> 00:19:22.020
  • So, follow the Spirit.
  • 00:19:22.030 --> 00:19:23.170
  • Listen to the Spirit of God and if the Holy Spirit nudges you
  • 00:19:23.180 --> 00:19:26.140
  • to share your faith with someone,
  • 00:19:26.150 --> 00:19:27.290
  • or to pray with someone, or to hear from someone,
  • 00:19:28.000 --> 00:19:30.240
  • listen to that.
  • 00:19:30.250 --> 00:19:32.100
  • Be brave.
  • 00:19:32.110 --> 00:19:34.010
  • Be proactive in your love, and you are and I'm so proud of you.
  • 00:19:34.020 --> 00:19:36.020
  • So, love is proactive and love is empathetic.
  • 00:19:36.030 --> 00:19:40.010
  • Love is empathetic.
  • 00:19:40.020 --> 00:19:43.210
  • Empathy is medicine for the soul.
  • 00:19:43.220 --> 00:19:47.280
  • The word "empathy" means
  • 00:19:47.290 --> 00:19:49.150
  • that you feel what somebody else feels
  • 00:19:49.160 --> 00:19:51.060
  • or it's like you walk in that person's shoes.
  • 00:19:51.070 --> 00:19:53.020
  • You use your imagination to really feel what that person's
  • 00:19:53.030 --> 00:19:57.050
  • feeling and then say how that would feel in your own words.
  • 00:19:57.060 --> 00:20:01.220
  • I know I am one of the most enthusiastic guys,
  • 00:20:01.230 --> 00:20:04.200
  • positive guys you'll ever meet but one of the things
  • 00:20:04.210 --> 00:20:06.250
  • I had to learn as a pastor is that very often
  • 00:20:06.260 --> 00:20:09.140
  • when people were hurting and they'd come to me,
  • 00:20:09.150 --> 00:20:11.170
  • I'd wanna to encourage them out of it.
  • 00:20:11.180 --> 00:20:14.020
  • "Pastor, I'm suffering."
  • 00:20:14.030 --> 00:20:15.160
  • And I'd say, "It's okay. You're gonna be great!
  • 00:20:15.170 --> 00:20:16.280
  • Things are gonna be all right!"
  • 00:20:16.290 --> 00:20:18.120
  • And sometimes it's good, but a lot of times
  • 00:20:18.130 --> 00:20:20.110
  • that feels like rejecting the person suffering
  • 00:20:20.120 --> 00:20:23.050
  • or it feels like I'm trying to fix it.
  • 00:20:23.060 --> 00:20:25.170
  • I think if you're an encouraging person,
  • 00:20:25.180 --> 00:20:27.060
  • positive person like me, be encouraging.
  • 00:20:27.070 --> 00:20:29.070
  • Say encouraging things but do it spontaneously
  • 00:20:29.080 --> 00:20:31.260
  • not reacting to somebody's suffering.
  • 00:20:31.270 --> 00:20:34.110
  • So, always say, "Hey, you look good today,"
  • 00:20:34.120 --> 00:20:36.220
  • or "I'm thankful for you,"
  • 00:20:36.230 --> 00:20:38.060
  • or "You're gonna do great in life."
  • 00:20:38.070 --> 00:20:39.230
  • Those are good things to say unless a person says,
  • 00:20:39.240 --> 00:20:41.280
  • "I'm really suffering."
  • 00:20:41.290 --> 00:20:43.190
  • Ironically, if you try and encourage someone
  • 00:20:43.200 --> 00:20:46.250
  • who tells you they're suffering, it's like you diminish
  • 00:20:46.260 --> 00:20:49.070
  • their suffering and push them away.
  • 00:20:49.080 --> 00:20:52.020
  • If you acknowledge their suffering and just be a quiet,
  • 00:20:52.030 --> 00:20:54.210
  • loving presence, or hug them, or don't say anything at all but
  • 00:20:54.220 --> 00:20:58.100
  • even in your face show that you feel what they're feeling,
  • 00:20:58.110 --> 00:21:01.080
  • that gives them energy.
  • 00:21:01.090 --> 00:21:03.030
  • That gives them strength to endure.
  • 00:21:03.040 --> 00:21:05.010
  • And that's why people feel safe around you
  • 00:21:05.020 --> 00:21:06.270
  • and that's why people are drawn to you.
  • 00:21:06.280 --> 00:21:08.200
  • And that's a very good thing.
  • 00:21:08.210 --> 00:21:10.210
  • Empathy is medicine for the soul.
  • 00:21:10.220 --> 00:21:13.240
  • I remember Hannah and I, you know,
  • 00:21:13.250 --> 00:21:15.210
  • our son Cohen has gone through a lot.
  • 00:21:15.220 --> 00:21:17.150
  • He's doing much better, by the way.
  • 00:21:17.160 --> 00:21:19.110
  • It's been over a year--about a year since he's had a seizure,
  • 00:21:19.120 --> 00:21:21.130
  • which is great.
  • 00:21:21.140 --> 00:21:22.260
  • And he's a little delayed which is not great but we--
  • 00:21:22.270 --> 00:21:26.020
  • we are happy for that.
  • 00:21:26.030 --> 00:21:27.230
  • But I remember once when he was going through a rough time
  • 00:21:27.240 --> 00:21:31.090
  • and Chad and I were flying to Israel,
  • 00:21:31.100 --> 00:21:33.200
  • and we landed in Newark, New Jersey.
  • 00:21:33.210 --> 00:21:37.020
  • And both of our phones, you know, right when we landed,
  • 00:21:37.030 --> 00:21:40.210
  • filled with texts and voice mails
  • 00:21:40.220 --> 00:21:43.010
  • that Cohen had almost died.
  • 00:21:43.020 --> 00:21:44.250
  • So, when Hannah found him, she thought he was dead.
  • 00:21:44.260 --> 00:21:47.290
  • She had total trauma.
  • 00:21:48.000 --> 00:21:49.120
  • She was like--she's still recouping from the pain
  • 00:21:49.130 --> 00:21:52.060
  • of that one experience.
  • 00:21:52.070 --> 00:21:54.140
  • When the--later, the ambulance drivers who took him that time
  • 00:21:54.150 --> 00:21:57.250
  • came another time for another seizure and I've never seen
  • 00:21:57.260 --> 00:22:00.180
  • people so happy to see--they thought he died 'cause they
  • 00:22:00.190 --> 00:22:03.190
  • weren't able to--were having trouble resuscitating him
  • 00:22:03.200 --> 00:22:06.040
  • or something in the ambulance.
  • 00:22:06.050 --> 00:22:08.050
  • So, it was very serious. And I sent Chad on to Israel.
  • 00:22:08.060 --> 00:22:12.070
  • He went to lead that group and we landed at 11 or midnight,
  • 00:22:12.080 --> 00:22:15.270
  • something like that.
  • 00:22:15.280 --> 00:22:17.180
  • And I was like, okay, I have to get back to California.
  • 00:22:17.190 --> 00:22:20.060
  • So, the airline I was with, United--good airline.
  • 00:22:20.070 --> 00:22:24.280
  • You hear that United?
  • 00:22:24.290 --> 00:22:26.160
  • Give me some free miles, free miles.
  • 00:22:26.170 --> 00:22:32.200
  • So, they gave me a free ticket back home,
  • 00:22:32.210 --> 00:22:36.060
  • but it was at 5 in the morning.
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  • So, I had about 5 or 6 hours and I decided okay,
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  • I'm gonna try and get some sleep.
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  • The only motel that had a room near the airport,
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  • I went there. It was the jankiest thing.
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  • There was a big pile of trash in the thing.
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  • I'm walking back to my motel room.
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  • I walk by this like gang of guys walking by
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  • who were not looking at me in a friendly way.
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  • My room is under a stairwell.
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  • There's a prostitute smoking on it.
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  • And I go into my room and like there's cracks on the walls
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  • and it's--I don't know if it's clean.
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  • I lay in the bed and it's just like the worst night of my life.
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  • You know, I don't know if my kid's okay.
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  • I don't know if my wife's okay. I don't sleep at all.
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  • I lay there for about 2 hours
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  • and I realize it's 3 in the morning.
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  • I haven't slept at all.
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  • Okay, I'm just gonna go to the airport.
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  • Go back to the airport and I fly home and my mind is totally on
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  • Cohen and Hannah thinking about them.
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  • I walk into the hospital and the first person I see
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  • is my sister-in-law Bonnie.
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  • And she is one of the most loving, serving people.
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  • And she comes up to me and she just gives me this big hug.
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  • And she says something like, "You have been through so much.
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  • You came all the way back
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  • and all the things you've gone through.
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  • I'm so sorry you're going through so much.
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  • I can't imagine what you've been through."
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  • And it was weird because, one, I hadn't really thought
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  • about how rough it was for me, even though it was.
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  • But when he said that, not only did I recognize that,
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  • but it pulled this--it's weird, it like to just have
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  • my suffering recognized and hugged out,
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  • it's like it didn't make it better
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  • but it gave me the strength to carry on and be there
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  • for Hannah and Cohen in the way I needed to be.
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  • See, that's what empathy does.
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  • Christian love is proactive.
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  • It's empathetic. So, don't be afraid.
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  • Don't be afraid to love others.
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  • Don't be afraid to keep boundaries.
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  • Don't be afraid to open your heart to a new people
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  • and to love others.
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  • God's gonna do a great thing in your life, in your friendships,
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  • in your marriage, in your relationships.
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  • God's gonna do good things if you keep acting with faith,
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  • empathy, seeking to understand, and being proactive
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  • and that's who you are.
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  • I'm so proud of you, and I love you.
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  • Let's pray.
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  • Father, we only love others because you loved us first.
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  • How you've loved us and lavished us with so many blessings,
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  • we are so grateful.
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  • I pray, Lord, that you continue to galvanize, strengthen,
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  • reinforce the love we have for one another.
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  • Help us to love the stranger, to love the enemy,
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  • to love those who persecute us and hate us
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  • our church members, the people in our life
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  • that care for us.
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  • Lord, we thank you that you give us everything we need
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  • to be your loving people.
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  • We love you, God. Jesus' name, amen.
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