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A Life of Love

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July 3, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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A Life of Love

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  • - Dr. David Jeremiah: Each
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  • of us has just one life to live.
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  • Our life should count.
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  • It should matter.
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  • It should have purpose and,
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  • frankly, it should be amazing.
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  • But as I look around me,
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  • I see lives lived in disarray,
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  • in defeat, and discouragement.
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  • I've been deeply burdened
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  • about this because, you see,
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  • an unfulfilled life
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  • is just no way to exist.
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  • And from what I read in the
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  • Scripture, God promises us
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  • a life of blessings beyond
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  • our comprehension, literally
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  • a life beyond amazing.
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  • So I asked a few friends
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  • of mine, friends who I believe
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  • demonstrate a life beyond
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  • amazing, to sit down together
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  • with me and discuss what
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  • it takes to live a vibrant
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  • and victorious life.
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  • We gathered together for a meal
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  • in San Diego and what you're
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  • about to see is a part
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  • - Dr. Jeremiah: I wanna
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  • thank you for joining me today.
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  • We're gonna talk about love
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  • for a few minutes.
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  • It's kind of like,
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  • where it all began.
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  • So, you know, if you read
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  • in the Scripture, love
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  • is at the top of every list.
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  • But most people
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  • don't know what it is.
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  • - Bobby Schuller: That's right.
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  • - Dr. Jeremiah: I believe love
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  • is the key ingredient
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  • to a relationship not only
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  • with God but with others.
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  • Why do you think
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  • it's the cornerstone
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  • of the Christian faith?
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  • - Kirk Cousins: Well, the Bible
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  • says, you know, we love
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  • because he first loved us.
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  • You know, he set the example, he
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  • displayed that on the cross, and
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  • so it is the cornerstone, as you
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  • said, because it's what it's all
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  • about and because of his love
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  • for us is the only reason
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  • we even have the opportunity
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  • to relate to him
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  • in the first place.
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  • - Dr. Jeremiah: Is there
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  • a place for love in the business
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  • world, David?
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  • - David Green: You know,
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  • I think in the business world
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  • we ought to see ourselves--as
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  • employers, we ought to see
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  • ourselves as caring about
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  • our people and their families.
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  • And this is one of the things
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  • that we want to do
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  • at Hobby Lobby,
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  • is we want to make sure
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  • that we do the very best
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  • we can for our employees.
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  • We love our families and we
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  • nurture them and care about them
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  • but we should also care
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  • about our employees' families.
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  • - Dr. Jeremiah: You know,
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  • somebody told me once, David,
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  • that the difference between
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  • leadership in the world and in
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  • the church is like this: in the
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  • world it's the triangle and you
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  • try to make your way to the top.
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  • Most people say, "Step on
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  • whoever you have to to get there
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  • and when you're at the top you
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  • look down and here's all these
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  • people that are serving you.
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  • But when you become a Christian
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  • the triangle's turned upside
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  • down and it's no longer how many
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  • people are serving you, it's how
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  • many people are you serving,"
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  • and you model that
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  • at Hobby Lobby and
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  • it's really cool to watch that.
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  • Do you sing about love?
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  • - Mandisa: Well, I think
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  • I do in a different way.
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  • For me, love is reflected
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  • in a lot of different ways and
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  • I try to pray 1 Corinthians 13
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  • and so I pray, "Lord, help me
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  • to grow in patience.
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  • Help me to grow in kindness."
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  • And I heard you once say, "Don't
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  • pray for patience because you're
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  • gonna have to be in situations
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  • that are gonna be testing your
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  • patience," but I try to grow
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  • in my love in praying Scripture
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  • over myself and then asking God
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  • to help me to be a
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  • 1 Corinthians 13
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  • kind of a person where I am
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  • displaying love
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  • to everybody that I meet.
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  • - Bobby: You know,
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  • for Christians, well, for human
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  • beings, the greatest need
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  • is to bond deeply with others.
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  • And that's what you see
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  • is that when people get saved
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  • in the acts church, they don't,
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  • just like, get saved and then go
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  • on a personal journey alone.
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  • They get saved into a community
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  • where they're doing life with
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  • other people and then the church
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  • just says, "Yeah, come here,
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  • we love you, you know,
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  • we'll take you in."
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  • When Paul calls us the body of
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  • Christ, he means it literally.
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  • We put skin on God.
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  • We're the new temple.
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  • That means, Dr. J., when you
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  • give me a hug or a handshake,
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  • that's Jesus giving that to me.
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  • When you pray for me,
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  • that's Christ praying for me.
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  • And so what you're teaching and
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  • you're right on is that love,
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  • it means you care about people.
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  • - Dr. Jeremiah:
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  • And so what is love?
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  • It's what you do.
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  • And like you said, Bobby,
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  • it's a lifestyle.
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  • It's letting the love of God
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  • be shed abroad in your hearts
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  • so that you touch other people.
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  • And if we could learn that,
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  • we could change a lot that goes
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  • on in our churches, in our
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  • - Dr. Jeremiah: As I sat with
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  • my friends and reflected on what
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  • was shared, I was once again
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  • reminded that love is a
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  • decision, a decision that
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  • transforms one's life and in the
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  • next few minutes I will share
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  • with you how a life of love
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  • is necessary in order
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  • - announcer: What are the signs
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  • of a life beyond amazing?
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  • Among them, joy that is not
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  • dependent on circumstance,
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  • integrity that settles
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  • for no exceptions,
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  • and self-discipline
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  • that stands firm.
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  • But how do you get them
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  • into your life?
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  • It takes a decision; actually,
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  • nine decisions each day
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  • to commit these into your heart
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  • and actions.
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  • Discover the steps to the life
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  • of blessings God has for you
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  • in Dr. David Jeremiah's
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  • inspiring book,
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  • - Dr. Jeremiah: Country
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  • superstar Alan Jackson made
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  • a fortune singing love songs
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  • with words like this:
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  • "When somebody loves you there's
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  • nothing you can't do.
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  • When somebody loves you
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  • it's easy to get through."
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  • That sentiment may not be
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  • absolutely true but it's a whole
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  • lot better than the old country
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  • classic that goes like this:
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  • "I went back to my fourth wife
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  • for the third time and gave her
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  • a second chance to make
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  • a first-class fool out of me."
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  • That actually is a song.
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  • I gotta tell you that after
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  • a lifetime of ministry, I've
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  • observed that the whole idea
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  • of love makes fools
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  • out of a lot of people.
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  • When you talk about love,
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  • you are talking about something
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  • that people write, talk,
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  • and sing about so much
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  • and I believe that
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  • one of the reasons that's true
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  • is because there's a hole
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  • in the human heart and we need
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  • reassurance and affection
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  • and fellowship.
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  • Love is the oxygen of the soul
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  • and we have to have it.
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  • The first thing that an infant
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  • needs at birth is to be held
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  • and hugged by a loving parent,
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  • and the presence of love brings
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  • a lifetime of blessing.
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  • When we receive Jesus Christ
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  • as our personal Savior,
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  • the very love of God
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  • is poured into our hearts.
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  • Did you know that?
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  • The Bible tells us that he pours
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  • his love into our hearts by his
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  • Holy Spirit and that love grows
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  • within us just like grapes grow
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  • on a vine and the fruit
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  • of the Spirit is love.
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  • And this love
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  • isn't just a sensation.
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  • It's not just a warm feeling
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  • around here, in your body.
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  • This love wears work gloves
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  • and handles the everyday nuts
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  • and bolts of life.
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  • It's very practical.
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  • It hugs the lonely, it feeds the
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  • hungry, it tends the sick, it
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  • comforts the sorrowful, and it
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  • puts up with the insufferable.
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  • It's kind and longsuffering,
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  • it's pure and perceptive
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  • and positive in its outlook.
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  • It is truly one
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  • of the foundations of a life
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  • beyond amazing.
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  • And here's the interesting thing
  • 00:08:30.180 --> 00:08:31.190
  • about it, folks.
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  • Until Jesus came to this earth,
  • 00:08:32.180 --> 00:08:33.250
  • nobody ever had experienced
  • 00:08:33.250 --> 00:08:35.060
  • that kind of love.
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  • The world's concept
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  • of love before that
  • 00:08:38.060 --> 00:08:39.070
  • was very self-centered.
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  • It was love that demanded
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  • something in return.
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  • It was love for what you could
  • 00:08:43.080 --> 00:08:44.270
  • get out of love but when God
  • 00:08:44.270 --> 00:08:46.160
  • sent his Son as a love gift
  • 00:08:46.160 --> 00:08:48.100
  • to this world, his special
  • 00:08:48.100 --> 00:08:49.230
  • other-centered love was put on
  • 00:08:49.230 --> 00:08:51.140
  • display in Jesus Christ for all
  • 00:08:51.140 --> 00:08:53.170
  • of us to watch and they called
  • 00:08:53.180 --> 00:08:56.180
  • that love agape.
  • 00:08:56.180 --> 00:08:59.070
  • That's the word in John 3:16:
  • 00:08:59.070 --> 00:09:01.080
  • "For God so agape the world."
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  • Now let me tell you something
  • 00:09:05.260 --> 00:09:06.280
  • that will surprise some of you.
  • 00:09:06.280 --> 00:09:08.260
  • Love is not an option.
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  • Love is a command.
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  • The command of love
  • 00:09:12.120 --> 00:09:13.130
  • is everywhere on display
  • 00:09:13.130 --> 00:09:15.060
  • in the New Testament
  • 00:09:15.060 --> 00:09:16.070
  • and I find many believers
  • 00:09:16.070 --> 00:09:17.060
  • are quite shocked
  • 00:09:17.060 --> 00:09:18.110
  • at this because they've bought
  • 00:09:18.110 --> 00:09:20.010
  • into the idea
  • 00:09:20.010 --> 00:09:21.030
  • that you can't command love.
  • 00:09:21.030 --> 00:09:22.060
  • Love is something that's gonna
  • 00:09:22.060 --> 00:09:23.090
  • kind of overtake you.
  • 00:09:23.090 --> 00:09:24.160
  • You know, we talk
  • 00:09:24.160 --> 00:09:25.240
  • about it this way.
  • 00:09:25.240 --> 00:09:27.010
  • We fell in love, like you're
  • 00:09:27.010 --> 00:09:29.170
  • walking down the street
  • 00:09:29.170 --> 00:09:30.160
  • and you fall into it, you know?
  • 00:09:30.160 --> 00:09:32.230
  • Like something happens to you,
  • 00:09:32.230 --> 00:09:34.040
  • you didn't have anything to do
  • 00:09:34.040 --> 00:09:35.020
  • with it, you don't know
  • 00:09:35.020 --> 00:09:36.010
  • anything about it.
  • 00:09:36.010 --> 00:09:36.240
  • I just--what happened to you?
  • 00:09:36.240 --> 00:09:37.270
  • "Oh, I just fell in love."
  • 00:09:37.270 --> 00:09:39.280
  • Well, the Bible tells us
  • 00:09:39.280 --> 00:09:41.190
  • that we are responsible
  • 00:09:41.190 --> 00:09:43.060
  • to love one another.
  • 00:09:43.060 --> 00:09:44.150
  • And I'm gonna read these
  • 00:09:44.150 --> 00:09:45.120
  • Scriptures and I want you
  • 00:09:45.120 --> 00:09:46.110
  • to notice how often
  • 00:09:46.110 --> 00:09:47.130
  • the word "command"
  • 00:09:47.130 --> 00:09:48.140
  • or "commandment" shows up.
  • 00:09:48.140 --> 00:09:50.040
  • The command to love.
  • 00:09:50.040 --> 00:09:52.040
  • Here's what the Scripture says.
  • 00:09:52.040 --> 00:09:53.260
  • John 13:34: "A new commandment
  • 00:09:54.030 --> 00:09:57.030
  • I give to you, that you love one
  • 00:09:57.030 --> 00:09:58.280
  • another; as I have loved you,
  • 00:09:58.280 --> 00:10:01.040
  • that you also love one another."
  • 00:10:01.040 --> 00:10:03.270
  • John 15:12: "This is My
  • 00:10:03.270 --> 00:10:05.260
  • commandment, that you love one
  • 00:10:05.260 --> 00:10:08.150
  • another as I have loved you."
  • 00:10:08.150 --> 00:10:10.020
  • John 15:17: "These things
  • 00:10:10.020 --> 00:10:11.210
  • I command,
  • 00:10:11.210 --> 00:10:13.080
  • that you love one another."
  • 00:10:13.080 --> 00:10:15.090
  • 1 John 3:23: "And this is
  • 00:10:15.090 --> 00:10:16.290
  • His commandment: that we should
  • 00:10:16.290 --> 00:10:19.140
  • believe on the name of the Son
  • 00:10:19.140 --> 00:10:20.210
  • of God and love one another,
  • 00:10:20.210 --> 00:10:22.120
  • just as He gave us commandment."
  • 00:10:23.030 --> 00:10:26.030
  • Now here's the question
  • 00:10:26.030 --> 00:10:27.040
  • that you and I have to answer.
  • 00:10:27.040 --> 00:10:28.140
  • Is it possible for us
  • 00:10:28.140 --> 00:10:29.240
  • to obey that commandment?
  • 00:10:29.240 --> 00:10:31.270
  • Can love be commanded?
  • 00:10:31.280 --> 00:10:34.280
  • Can we love each other
  • 00:10:34.280 --> 00:10:36.070
  • as he has loved us?
  • 00:10:36.070 --> 00:10:37.270
  • And based on the evidence that
  • 00:10:37.270 --> 00:10:39.020
  • you observe today, you would
  • 00:10:39.020 --> 00:10:40.130
  • have to see that most people
  • 00:10:40.130 --> 00:10:41.220
  • have taken that option
  • 00:10:41.220 --> 00:10:42.210
  • off the table.
  • 00:10:42.210 --> 00:10:44.040
  • No, love is not something they
  • 00:10:44.040 --> 00:10:45.170
  • take as a responsibility but
  • 00:10:45.170 --> 00:10:47.240
  • something they get to do if it
  • 00:10:47.240 --> 00:10:49.250
  • so happens to be right for them.
  • 00:10:49.250 --> 00:10:52.140
  • I hear guys all the
  • 00:10:52.140 --> 00:10:53.190
  • time--earlier when I was doing
  • 00:10:53.190 --> 00:10:55.030
  • a lot more counseling than I do
  • 00:10:55.030 --> 00:10:56.180
  • now, guys would say,
  • 00:10:56.180 --> 00:10:57.170
  • "Well, Pastor Jeremiah, I just
  • 00:10:57.170 --> 00:10:58.200
  • gotta tell you, I don't love her
  • 00:10:58.200 --> 00:10:59.250
  • anymore," like they have an
  • 00:10:59.250 --> 00:11:02.160
  • option not to love her anymore.
  • 00:11:02.160 --> 00:11:05.090
  • The Bible says,
  • 00:11:05.090 --> 00:11:06.090
  • "Husbands, love your wives."
  • 00:11:06.090 --> 00:11:09.000
  • What part of that don't we get?
  • 00:11:09.000 --> 00:11:10.250
  • "Well, what if I don't feel
  • 00:11:10.250 --> 00:11:11.260
  • like it?"
  • 00:11:11.260 --> 00:11:12.150
  • That isn't anything
  • 00:11:12.150 --> 00:11:13.100
  • to do with it.
  • 00:11:13.100 --> 00:11:14.070
  • Love her anyway.
  • 00:11:14.070 --> 00:11:15.020
  • Because love isn't a feeling;
  • 00:11:15.020 --> 00:11:16.050
  • love is an action.
  • 00:11:16.050 --> 00:11:17.090
  • Love is a response.
  • 00:11:17.090 --> 00:11:18.180
  • Love is a verb.
  • 00:11:18.180 --> 00:11:20.090
  • Love is what we do more
  • 00:11:20.090 --> 00:11:22.000
  • than what we feel.
  • 00:11:22.000 --> 00:11:23.030
  • The feelings come
  • 00:11:23.030 --> 00:11:24.060
  • after the action.
  • 00:11:24.060 --> 00:11:25.090
  • In the New Testament book
  • 00:11:25.090 --> 00:11:26.120
  • of Revelation when the Ephesian
  • 00:11:26.120 --> 00:11:27.230
  • church had lost its first love,
  • 00:11:27.230 --> 00:11:29.230
  • what is it that God told them
  • 00:11:29.230 --> 00:11:30.250
  • to do?
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  • "Go back
  • 00:11:31.260 --> 00:11:32.230
  • and do the first works."
  • 00:11:32.230 --> 00:11:35.160
  • He didn't say, "Go back and sit
  • 00:11:35.160 --> 00:11:36.150
  • around and see if the feeling
  • 00:11:36.150 --> 00:11:37.160
  • comes back."
  • 00:11:37.160 --> 00:11:38.240
  • He said, "Go back and do
  • 00:11:38.240 --> 00:11:39.210
  • the first works."
  • 00:11:39.210 --> 00:11:41.210
  • In fact, in
  • 00:11:41.210 --> 00:11:42.080
  • the New Testament Scriptures--
  • 00:11:42.080 --> 00:11:43.130
  • listen to this--we are commanded
  • 00:11:43.130 --> 00:11:46.020
  • 55 different times to love.
  • 00:11:46.020 --> 00:11:48.210
  • And all of these commands
  • 00:11:48.210 --> 00:11:51.120
  • are given to us in different
  • 00:11:51.120 --> 00:11:52.240
  • contexts, in different settings.
  • 00:11:52.240 --> 00:11:54.190
  • They affect us as parents,
  • 00:11:54.190 --> 00:11:56.160
  • they affect us as children,
  • 00:11:56.160 --> 00:11:58.170
  • they affect us as individuals.
  • 00:11:58.170 --> 00:12:00.120
  • These commands affect us as
  • 00:12:00.120 --> 00:12:02.050
  • members of the local church.
  • 00:12:02.050 --> 00:12:04.140
  • Even the New Testament holds out
  • 00:12:04.140 --> 00:12:05.210
  • for us what seems to be
  • 00:12:05.210 --> 00:12:07.110
  • impossible, that we should love
  • 00:12:07.110 --> 00:12:08.280
  • our enemies, and Jesus Christ
  • 00:12:08.280 --> 00:12:11.090
  • apparently thought that was
  • 00:12:11.090 --> 00:12:12.160
  • important enough to leave us
  • 00:12:12.160 --> 00:12:14.090
  • with a vivid illustration as he
  • 00:12:14.090 --> 00:12:16.160
  • hung on the cross and forgave
  • 00:12:16.160 --> 00:12:18.110
  • the people that put him there.
  • 00:12:19.020 --> 00:12:22.020
  • Of those 55 commands to love,
  • 00:12:22.020 --> 00:12:23.170
  • 21 of them are commands
  • 00:12:23.250 --> 00:12:26.250
  • for us to love one another.
  • 00:12:27.120 --> 00:12:30.120
  • God commands the impossible
  • 00:12:30.120 --> 00:12:31.290
  • and then he gives us his ability
  • 00:12:31.290 --> 00:12:34.240
  • to accomplish this love.
  • 00:12:34.240 --> 00:12:37.100
  • So how do we cultivate
  • 00:12:37.100 --> 00:12:38.110
  • this love in our lives?
  • 00:12:38.110 --> 00:12:39.180
  • How do we cultivate
  • 00:12:39.180 --> 00:12:40.210
  • this command?
  • 00:12:40.210 --> 00:12:41.200
  • As with all the character traits
  • 00:12:41.200 --> 00:12:42.250
  • we are studying in this series,
  • 00:12:42.250 --> 00:12:44.170
  • let me tell you we are
  • 00:12:44.170 --> 00:12:46.220
  • responsible for developing
  • 00:12:46.220 --> 00:12:48.030
  • God's gift to us of love.
  • 00:12:48.030 --> 00:12:49.160
  • Remember now, God pours out
  • 00:12:49.160 --> 00:12:51.050
  • his love to us when we're saved.
  • 00:12:51.050 --> 00:12:52.100
  • He gives us this deposit
  • 00:12:52.100 --> 00:12:53.290
  • of love.
  • 00:12:53.290 --> 00:12:54.260
  • But he doesn't give that to us
  • 00:12:54.260 --> 00:12:55.280
  • just so that it can sit there
  • 00:12:55.280 --> 00:12:57.190
  • and not be responded to by us.
  • 00:12:57.190 --> 00:12:59.260
  • We're to take that love
  • 00:12:59.260 --> 00:13:02.260
  • and take it to the next level.
  • 00:13:02.260 --> 00:13:04.270
  • We are to say, "This is God's
  • 00:13:04.270 --> 00:13:07.200
  • gift to me and I'm gonna take
  • 00:13:07.200 --> 00:13:09.070
  • this and give a gift back to him
  • 00:13:09.070 --> 00:13:10.240
  • out of what he's given to me."
  • 00:13:10.240 --> 00:13:13.130
  • Paul summarized the words
  • 00:13:13.130 --> 00:13:14.190
  • of 1 Corinthians 13
  • 00:13:14.190 --> 00:13:17.020
  • in this statement
  • 00:13:17.020 --> 00:13:17.270
  • at the end of the love chapter.
  • 00:13:17.270 --> 00:13:19.060
  • You know it well.
  • 00:13:19.060 --> 00:13:20.250
  • "And now abideth faith, hope,
  • 00:13:20.250 --> 00:13:22.110
  • love, these three; but the
  • 00:13:22.110 --> 00:13:23.210
  • greatest of these is love."
  • 00:13:23.210 --> 00:13:26.200
  • Now, that seems like that's the
  • 00:13:26.200 --> 00:13:27.230
  • end of the discussion of love.
  • 00:13:27.230 --> 00:13:30.180
  • But unfortunately, there is
  • 00:13:30.180 --> 00:13:32.100
  • a chapter division between
  • 00:13:32.100 --> 00:13:34.180
  • 13 and 14 which I think
  • 00:13:34.180 --> 00:13:36.150
  • shouldn't be there.
  • 00:13:36.150 --> 00:13:37.280
  • It's arbitrary.
  • 00:13:37.280 --> 00:13:38.270
  • By the way, the chapter
  • 00:13:38.270 --> 00:13:39.260
  • divisions in the Bible
  • 00:13:39.260 --> 00:13:40.260
  • are not inspired.
  • 00:13:40.260 --> 00:13:42.190
  • They were put there by people
  • 00:13:42.190 --> 00:13:44.070
  • who wanted to make the Bible
  • 00:13:44.070 --> 00:13:45.120
  • easier for us to read.
  • 00:13:45.120 --> 00:13:47.110
  • So you hear the summary
  • 00:13:47.110 --> 00:13:50.060
  • statement of what love
  • 00:13:50.060 --> 00:13:51.150
  • is at the end of chapter 13.
  • 00:13:51.150 --> 00:13:52.250
  • Do you know what the first verse
  • 00:13:52.250 --> 00:13:53.260
  • of chapter 14 says?
  • 00:13:53.260 --> 00:13:56.030
  • It says: "Pursue love."
  • 00:13:56.140 --> 00:13:59.140
  • Here is what love looks like,
  • 00:13:59.270 --> 00:14:02.290
  • the love that God
  • 00:14:02.290 --> 00:14:04.000
  • has given to you.
  • 00:14:04.000 --> 00:14:04.290
  • Accept it, rejoice in it,
  • 00:14:04.290 --> 00:14:06.000
  • be thankful for it.
  • 00:14:06.000 --> 00:14:06.280
  • Now pursue it.
  • 00:14:06.280 --> 00:14:08.210
  • In other words, take control of
  • 00:14:08.210 --> 00:14:10.260
  • your own life and begin to ask
  • 00:14:10.260 --> 00:14:12.130
  • God to help you learn
  • 00:14:12.130 --> 00:14:14.040
  • how to love better.
  • 00:14:14.040 --> 00:14:15.150
  • That's what I want in my life.
  • 00:14:15.150 --> 00:14:17.200
  • And here we have this prime
  • 00:14:17.200 --> 00:14:18.250
  • example of that seeming paradox
  • 00:14:18.250 --> 00:14:21.080
  • that stands at the center
  • 00:14:21.080 --> 00:14:22.130
  • of all of these traits.
  • 00:14:22.130 --> 00:14:24.090
  • The fruit is always a gift
  • 00:14:24.090 --> 00:14:26.020
  • but it is still something that
  • 00:14:26.020 --> 00:14:28.150
  • requires hard work
  • 00:14:28.150 --> 00:14:30.020
  • on our behalf.
  • 00:14:30.020 --> 00:14:31.290
  • So that brings us
  • 00:14:31.290 --> 00:14:32.280
  • to how we do this.
  • 00:14:32.280 --> 00:14:34.110
  • How do I become
  • 00:14:34.110 --> 00:14:35.210
  • a more loving person?
  • 00:14:35.210 --> 00:14:36.280
  • I've been commanded to love.
  • 00:14:36.280 --> 00:14:38.130
  • I hear people say this, "I just
  • 00:14:38.130 --> 00:14:39.130
  • wasn't born with much love."
  • 00:14:39.130 --> 00:14:41.260
  • Or "I don't have--I'm just not
  • 00:14:41.260 --> 00:14:43.050
  • a loving person," like once you
  • 00:14:43.050 --> 00:14:46.000
  • say that you're off the hook.
  • 00:14:46.000 --> 00:14:48.050
  • No, you just admitted
  • 00:14:48.050 --> 00:14:49.060
  • where you are but you're really
  • 00:14:49.060 --> 00:14:50.090
  • on the hook now.
  • 00:14:50.090 --> 00:14:52.020
  • Nobody has a right to say,
  • 00:14:52.020 --> 00:14:53.030
  • "Well, I know we're supposed to
  • 00:14:53.030 --> 00:14:54.060
  • do this but I just wasn't born
  • 00:14:54.060 --> 00:14:55.070
  • that way."
  • 00:14:55.070 --> 00:14:57.000
  • I know some of you weren't born
  • 00:14:57.000 --> 00:14:58.010
  • with a loving attitude
  • 00:14:58.010 --> 00:14:59.280
  • but that doesn't mean you
  • 00:14:59.280 --> 00:15:01.030
  • aren't responsible to love.
  • 00:15:01.030 --> 00:15:03.000
  • So since love is both a gift
  • 00:15:03.000 --> 00:15:04.070
  • and a task, here's the question
  • 00:15:04.070 --> 00:15:05.280
  • that challenges us in every one
  • 00:15:05.280 --> 00:15:07.100
  • of these discussions.
  • 00:15:07.100 --> 00:15:09.170
  • How can we become
  • 00:15:09.170 --> 00:15:10.240
  • more loving people?
  • 00:15:10.260 --> 00:15:13.260
  • I'm a Christian.
  • 00:15:13.260 --> 00:15:14.240
  • I know God.
  • 00:15:14.240 --> 00:15:15.260
  • I know that he poured
  • 00:15:15.260 --> 00:15:16.220
  • his love into my heart.
  • 00:15:16.220 --> 00:15:17.210
  • I'm confident that God loves me.
  • 00:15:17.210 --> 00:15:18.290
  • John 3:16 is something
  • 00:15:18.290 --> 00:15:20.280
  • I know well, but do you know
  • 00:15:20.280 --> 00:15:22.050
  • 1 John 3:16?
  • 00:15:22.140 --> 00:15:25.140
  • We all know John 3:16.
  • 00:15:25.140 --> 00:15:27.110
  • Do you know what 1 John 3:16
  • 00:15:27.110 --> 00:15:29.120
  • looks like?
  • 00:15:29.120 --> 00:15:30.070
  • The 3:16s are kind of there
  • 00:15:30.070 --> 00:15:31.130
  • for us to remember.
  • 00:15:31.130 --> 00:15:33.140
  • "By this we know love, because
  • 00:15:33.140 --> 00:15:35.170
  • He laid down His life for us.
  • 00:15:35.170 --> 00:15:37.040
  • And we also ought to lay down
  • 00:15:37.040 --> 00:15:39.190
  • our lives for the brethren."
  • 00:15:39.190 --> 00:15:42.180
  • That's 1 John 3:16.
  • 00:15:42.180 --> 00:15:45.070
  • And 1 John 4:11-12 is similar
  • 00:15:45.070 --> 00:15:47.130
  • because "if God so loved us, we
  • 00:15:47.130 --> 00:15:50.020
  • also ought to love one another."
  • 00:15:50.150 --> 00:15:53.150
  • So let me just lay
  • 00:15:53.150 --> 00:15:54.150
  • this principle out so
  • 00:15:54.150 --> 00:15:55.170
  • that we can all grab hold of it.
  • 00:15:55.170 --> 00:15:57.020
  • One of the ways you learn how to
  • 00:15:57.020 --> 00:15:58.070
  • love one another is by learning
  • 00:15:58.070 --> 00:16:00.120
  • how much God loved you in the
  • 00:16:00.120 --> 00:16:02.270
  • first place, because if we're
  • 00:16:02.270 --> 00:16:04.070
  • supposed to love one another as
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  • God has loved us, then we need
  • 00:16:05.140 --> 00:16:08.020
  • to learn more about how God has
  • 00:16:08.020 --> 00:16:10.050
  • loved us so that we can pattern
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  • that in our love
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  • for one another.
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  • Because God loved us,
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  • October 22, 2007, the first
  • 00:16:21.190 --> 00:16:24.030
  • medal of honor was awarded
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  • for combat in Afghanistan.
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  • It was presented to the family
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  • of Lieutenant Michael Murphy,
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  • a Navy SEAL who gave his life
  • 00:16:31.270 --> 00:16:33.160
  • to make a radio call
  • 00:16:33.160 --> 00:16:35.040
  • for help for his team.
  • 00:16:35.040 --> 00:16:37.290
  • Murphy and three other SEALs
  • 00:16:37.290 --> 00:16:39.170
  • were sent on a mission
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  • in June of 2005 into the rugged
  • 00:16:40.240 --> 00:16:42.160
  • 10.000 foot Afghan mountains,
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  • searching for a known terrorist
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  • and they apparently
  • 00:16:46.150 --> 00:16:47.240
  • were spotted by local tribesmen
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  • who reported them to
  • 00:16:49.230 --> 00:16:51.000
  • the Taliban and Murphy's team
  • 00:16:51.000 --> 00:16:53.090
  • was trapped by 50 enemy troops
  • 00:16:53.090 --> 00:16:55.080
  • who surrounded them on 3 sides,
  • 00:16:55.080 --> 00:16:56.290
  • forced them into a ravine
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  • and all 4 men began to sustain
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  • wounds and were out of
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  • ammunition.
  • 00:17:02.020 --> 00:17:04.050
  • "We were hurting,"
  • 00:17:04.050 --> 00:17:05.100
  • said the team's sole survivor,
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  • Petty Officer 2nd Class
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  • Marcus Luttrell.
  • 00:17:08.200 --> 00:17:10.090
  • "We were out of ammo
  • 00:17:10.090 --> 00:17:11.080
  • and it was bad.
  • 00:17:11.080 --> 00:17:12.090
  • It was real bad.
  • 00:17:12.090 --> 00:17:14.180
  • But Murphy moved from man to man
  • 00:17:14.180 --> 00:17:16.240
  • to keep his team together,
  • 00:17:16.240 --> 00:17:18.010
  • though he had to expose himself
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  • to enemy fire to do it.
  • 00:17:19.110 --> 00:17:21.160
  • Then because the mountainous
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  • terrain blocked communications,
  • 00:17:22.210 --> 00:17:24.100
  • he had to move into the open
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  • area and call for help.
  • 00:17:25.140 --> 00:17:26.290
  • Despite incoming fire, he calmly
  • 00:17:26.290 --> 00:17:28.200
  • provided his unit's location
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  • and information
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  • about opposing force.
  • 00:17:32.020 --> 00:17:33.290
  • While making the call, he took
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  • two rounds in the back
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  • and dropped the handset but
  • 00:17:37.120 --> 00:17:39.250
  • he managed to retrieve it and
  • 00:17:39.250 --> 00:17:41.120
  • complete the call, even telling
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  • the person at the other end,
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  • "Thank you," while he was
  • 00:17:45.120 --> 00:17:47.030
  • in this wounded condition.
  • 00:17:47.030 --> 00:17:49.100
  • His dad, speaking to reporters
  • 00:17:49.100 --> 00:17:50.190
  • after his son had been killed in
  • 00:17:50.220 --> 00:17:53.220
  • action, said, "Here is a man who
  • 00:17:53.220 --> 00:17:56.150
  • had been shot in the stomach.
  • 00:17:56.150 --> 00:17:58.060
  • He'd been fighting
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  • with this wound.
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  • Then he gets shot in the back
  • 00:18:00.050 --> 00:18:01.080
  • and then he still has the
  • 00:18:01.080 --> 00:18:02.210
  • presence of mind to say,
  • 00:18:02.210 --> 00:18:04.010
  • 'Thank you.'"
  • 00:18:04.010 --> 00:18:06.020
  • Petty Officer Luttrell survived
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  • the firestorm because
  • 00:18:07.120 --> 00:18:08.180
  • he was blasted over the ridge by
  • 00:18:08.180 --> 00:18:09.270
  • a rocket-propelled grenade,
  • 00:18:09.270 --> 00:18:11.100
  • knocked unconscious,
  • 00:18:11.100 --> 00:18:13.040
  • and rescued by local villagers
  • 00:18:13.040 --> 00:18:14.270
  • who refused to turn him over
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  • to the Taliban.
  • 00:18:16.050 --> 00:18:17.280
  • He was later transported to
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  • a Marine outpost and he owed
  • 00:18:19.020 --> 00:18:21.050
  • his life to Lieutenant Murphy.
  • 00:18:21.250 --> 00:18:24.250
  • I can't imagine the love,
  • 00:18:24.250 --> 00:18:25.240
  • respect, and gratitude that
  • 00:18:25.240 --> 00:18:26.230
  • he feels today for his fallen
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  • companion, to know that a buddy
  • 00:18:28.160 --> 00:18:30.270
  • willingly and without hesitation
  • 00:18:30.270 --> 00:18:32.280
  • exposed himself to enemy fire
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  • to save him.
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  • That must be
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  • a lifelong appreciation.
  • 00:18:37.100 --> 00:18:40.050
  • Not many of us will ever see
  • 00:18:40.050 --> 00:18:41.150
  • that kind of courage or love in
  • 00:18:41.150 --> 00:18:42.290
  • our own personal lives 'cause it
  • 00:18:42.290 --> 00:18:44.140
  • doesn't happen that often.
  • 00:18:44.140 --> 00:18:46.110
  • The "me" generation has turned
  • 00:18:46.110 --> 00:18:48.000
  • into "it's all about me"
  • 00:18:48.000 --> 00:18:49.280
  • generation and, if we're not
  • 00:18:49.280 --> 00:18:51.170
  • careful, even in our churches,
  • 00:18:51.170 --> 00:18:53.110
  • we become consumer centers
  • 00:18:53.110 --> 00:18:55.160
  • where everyone wants his
  • 00:18:55.160 --> 00:18:56.210
  • or her own style of worship
  • 00:18:56.210 --> 00:18:58.240
  • or set of programs.
  • 00:18:58.240 --> 00:19:01.170
  • But the Bible says this:
  • 00:19:01.170 --> 00:19:03.290
  • "While we were yet sinners,
  • 00:19:03.290 --> 00:19:05.070
  • Christ died for us."
  • 00:19:05.180 --> 00:19:08.180
  • There's only one symbol that I
  • 00:19:08.180 --> 00:19:09.190
  • think is greater than the medal
  • 00:19:09.190 --> 00:19:11.000
  • of honor and that's the cross
  • 00:19:11.000 --> 00:19:12.110
  • of Calvary.
  • 00:19:12.110 --> 00:19:15.000
  • And I think it would help us
  • 00:19:15.000 --> 00:19:16.030
  • if we used our imagination once
  • 00:19:16.030 --> 00:19:17.170
  • in a while just to consider how
  • 00:19:17.170 --> 00:19:18.260
  • similar our plight was to that
  • 00:19:18.260 --> 00:19:20.290
  • of Murphy's team, trapped by the
  • 00:19:20.290 --> 00:19:22.200
  • enemy, outnumbered, wounded and
  • 00:19:22.200 --> 00:19:24.050
  • hopeless, and yet one man stood
  • 00:19:24.050 --> 00:19:27.000
  • up and stretched out his arms
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  • and saved us.
  • 00:19:29.130 --> 00:19:31.280
  • There's something about
  • 00:19:31.280 --> 00:19:32.250
  • that picture that moves us and
  • 00:19:32.250 --> 00:19:35.100
  • I think it's no accident that
  • 00:19:35.100 --> 00:19:36.130
  • Jesus died
  • 00:19:36.130 --> 00:19:37.200
  • with outstretched arms.
  • 00:19:37.200 --> 00:19:39.230
  • It was his way of embracing
  • 00:19:39.230 --> 00:19:41.160
  • the whole world and reaching out
  • 00:19:41.190 --> 00:19:44.190
  • for you and me.
  • 00:19:44.190 --> 00:19:46.190
  • The second thing we need to do
  • 00:19:46.190 --> 00:19:47.190
  • is pursue genuine love.
  • 00:19:48.050 --> 00:19:51.050
  • Did you know that in
  • 00:19:51.050 --> 00:19:53.050
  • John 13:35 it says: "By this the
  • 00:19:53.050 --> 00:19:55.160
  • whole world will know whether
  • 00:19:55.160 --> 00:19:57.140
  • or not we are Christians
  • 00:19:57.140 --> 00:19:58.270
  • if we love one another."
  • 00:19:58.270 --> 00:20:00.040
  • You expect that to say, "By this
  • 00:20:00.040 --> 00:20:01.100
  • the whole world will know we are
  • 00:20:01.100 --> 00:20:02.180
  • Christians if we come to church
  • 00:20:02.180 --> 00:20:03.250
  • or if we pray or if we give
  • 00:20:03.250 --> 00:20:05.290
  • to the offering."
  • 00:20:05.290 --> 00:20:06.290
  • Doesn't say any of that.
  • 00:20:06.290 --> 00:20:08.020
  • It says: "By this shall everyone
  • 00:20:08.020 --> 00:20:10.020
  • know that you
  • 00:20:10.020 --> 00:20:10.270
  • and I are a Christian
  • 00:20:10.270 --> 00:20:12.120
  • by how we love one another."
  • 00:20:12.120 --> 00:20:14.110
  • That's the badge of our
  • 00:20:14.110 --> 00:20:15.170
  • discipleship and it's no wonder
  • 00:20:15.170 --> 00:20:17.190
  • that the watching world looks
  • 00:20:17.190 --> 00:20:19.120
  • sometimes at the church which
  • 00:20:19.120 --> 00:20:21.050
  • seems to be more about fighting
  • 00:20:21.050 --> 00:20:22.200
  • and griping and complaining and
  • 00:20:22.200 --> 00:20:24.130
  • all of that, and they don't want
  • 00:20:24.130 --> 00:20:25.280
  • any part of it because it
  • 00:20:25.280 --> 00:20:27.040
  • doesn't seem genuine.
  • 00:20:27.040 --> 00:20:28.100
  • It doesn't seem real.
  • 00:20:28.100 --> 00:20:30.170
  • This was very much of a problem
  • 00:20:30.170 --> 00:20:31.180
  • in the New Testament.
  • 00:20:31.180 --> 00:20:34.150
  • Here's the third thing I want
  • 00:20:34.150 --> 00:20:35.120
  • to share with you and I'll just
  • 00:20:35.120 --> 00:20:36.010
  • give you this principle:
  • 00:20:36.010 --> 00:20:38.040
  • "Pray for greater love."
  • 00:20:38.040 --> 00:20:40.240
  • If you don't feel like you're
  • 00:20:40.240 --> 00:20:41.270
  • really as loving as you ought
  • 00:20:41.270 --> 00:20:43.000
  • to be, ask God to help you.
  • 00:20:43.000 --> 00:20:44.070
  • God wants us to be loving people
  • 00:20:44.070 --> 00:20:46.080
  • and he doesn't mind if we come
  • 00:20:46.080 --> 00:20:47.200
  • and ask him to help us.
  • 00:20:47.200 --> 00:20:49.170
  • And if you have somebody in
  • 00:20:49.170 --> 00:20:50.230
  • your life who's not very loving
  • 00:20:50.230 --> 00:20:52.120
  • toward you and others, you might
  • 00:20:52.120 --> 00:20:54.050
  • want to pray for them that God
  • 00:20:54.050 --> 00:20:55.140
  • would give them some
  • 00:20:55.140 --> 00:20:56.220
  • more love, too.
  • 00:20:56.220 --> 00:20:58.290
  • Then don't be afraid to risk.
  • 00:20:58.290 --> 00:21:01.160
  • That's number four.
  • 00:21:01.160 --> 00:21:03.050
  • If you want to grow in your love
  • 00:21:03.050 --> 00:21:04.080
  • for others, don't think
  • 00:21:04.080 --> 00:21:05.210
  • it's a safe way to go.
  • 00:21:05.210 --> 00:21:07.210
  • How many of you know it's never
  • 00:21:07.210 --> 00:21:08.230
  • safe to love anybody
  • 00:21:08.230 --> 00:21:09.270
  • 'cause they can hurt you?
  • 00:21:09.270 --> 00:21:11.110
  • We've often said in our
  • 00:21:11.110 --> 00:21:12.140
  • discussions at home, that
  • 00:21:12.140 --> 00:21:14.220
  • sometimes the people you help
  • 00:21:14.220 --> 00:21:15.250
  • the most are the ones
  • 00:21:15.250 --> 00:21:16.280
  • who hurt you the worst.
  • 00:21:16.280 --> 00:21:18.200
  • Isn't that something?
  • 00:21:18.200 --> 00:21:20.080
  • But that's one of the things
  • 00:21:20.080 --> 00:21:21.130
  • you have to guard against.
  • 00:21:21.130 --> 00:21:22.160
  • You cannot stop loving simply
  • 00:21:22.160 --> 00:21:24.120
  • because you're afraid
  • 00:21:24.120 --> 00:21:25.230
  • that if you love you'll be hurt.
  • 00:21:25.230 --> 00:21:27.120
  • Maybe you've gone through
  • 00:21:27.120 --> 00:21:28.130
  • a relationship and it just ended
  • 00:21:28.130 --> 00:21:30.010
  • up so bad and you've said
  • 00:21:30.010 --> 00:21:31.060
  • in your heart,
  • 00:21:31.060 --> 00:21:32.150
  • "I'm never getting involved
  • 00:21:32.150 --> 00:21:33.220
  • with anybody else again.
  • 00:21:33.220 --> 00:21:34.270
  • This was so awful."
  • 00:21:34.270 --> 00:21:36.200
  • Let me read to you what
  • 00:21:36.200 --> 00:21:37.210
  • C.S. Lewis said about this.
  • 00:21:37.210 --> 00:21:39.200
  • He said, "To love at all
  • 00:21:39.200 --> 00:21:40.230
  • is to be vulnerable.
  • 00:21:40.230 --> 00:21:42.020
  • Love anything and your heart
  • 00:21:42.020 --> 00:21:43.100
  • will certainly be wrung
  • 00:21:43.100 --> 00:21:44.240
  • and possibly broken.
  • 00:21:44.240 --> 00:21:46.220
  • If you want to make sure of
  • 00:21:46.220 --> 00:21:47.220
  • keeping it intact, you must give
  • 00:21:47.220 --> 00:21:49.040
  • your heart to no one,
  • 00:21:49.040 --> 00:21:51.050
  • not even an animal.
  • 00:21:51.050 --> 00:21:53.020
  • Wrap it carefully around with
  • 00:21:53.020 --> 00:21:54.050
  • hobbies and little luxuries.
  • 00:21:54.050 --> 00:21:56.070
  • Avoid all entanglements.
  • 00:21:56.070 --> 00:21:57.170
  • Lock it up safe in the casket
  • 00:21:57.170 --> 00:21:58.230
  • or coffin of your selfishness,
  • 00:21:58.230 --> 00:22:00.170
  • but in that casket, safe, dark,
  • 00:22:00.170 --> 00:22:02.230
  • motionless, airless,
  • 00:22:02.230 --> 00:22:04.030
  • it will change.
  • 00:22:04.030 --> 00:22:05.100
  • It will not be broken,
  • 00:22:05.100 --> 00:22:06.170
  • it will become unbreakable,
  • 00:22:06.170 --> 00:22:08.040
  • impenetrable, irredeemable.
  • 00:22:08.040 --> 00:22:10.230
  • The alternative to tragedy or
  • 00:22:10.230 --> 00:22:12.140
  • at least to the risk of tragedy
  • 00:22:12.140 --> 00:22:14.130
  • is damnation.
  • 00:22:14.130 --> 00:22:16.120
  • The only place outside of heaven
  • 00:22:16.120 --> 00:22:17.280
  • where you can be perfectly
  • 00:22:17.280 --> 00:22:19.090
  • safe from all the dangers and
  • 00:22:19.090 --> 00:22:20.200
  • perturbations of love is hell."
  • 00:22:22.070 --> 00:22:25.070
  • You've got to be willing to risk
  • 00:22:25.070 --> 00:22:26.280
  • and then here's the last one
  • 00:22:27.000 --> 00:22:30.000
  • and we're done.
  • 00:22:30.000 --> 00:22:32.000
  • Practice love every day.
  • 00:22:33.130 --> 00:22:36.130
  • "Therefore be imitators
  • 00:22:36.130 --> 00:22:37.160
  • of God as dear children,"
  • 00:22:37.160 --> 00:22:38.210
  • the Scripture says.
  • 00:22:38.210 --> 00:22:39.200
  • "And walk in love."
  • 00:22:39.200 --> 00:22:40.190
  • How many of you know walking
  • 00:22:40.190 --> 00:22:41.140
  • is one step at a time?
  • 00:22:41.140 --> 00:22:43.190
  • Just as we learn to walk one
  • 00:22:43.190 --> 00:22:44.200
  • step at a time, we learn to
  • 00:22:44.200 --> 00:22:45.270
  • love, one loving act at a time.
  • 00:22:45.270 --> 00:22:48.100
  • 1 Corinthians 16:14 says:
  • 00:22:48.100 --> 00:22:50.080
  • "Let everything you
  • 00:22:50.080 --> 00:22:51.070
  • So here's the essence
  • 00:22:53.180 --> 00:22:56.180
  • of the message.
  • 00:22:56.180 --> 00:22:58.210
  • Find out how much God loves you
  • 00:22:58.210 --> 00:23:00.160
  • and take that love
  • 00:23:01.100 --> 00:23:04.100
  • and be a distributor.
  • 00:23:04.100 --> 00:23:06.250
  • Take that love and love others.
  • 00:23:06.250 --> 00:23:09.210
  • Every time you think, "I don't
  • 00:23:09.210 --> 00:23:10.280
  • know if I can love that person,"
  • 00:23:10.280 --> 00:23:12.080
  • stop for a moment and remember
  • 00:23:12.080 --> 00:23:13.220
  • how much God loved you, what
  • 00:23:13.220 --> 00:23:16.210
  • he not only saved you from in
  • 00:23:16.210 --> 00:23:18.080
  • the past, but what he might have
  • 00:23:18.080 --> 00:23:19.270
  • saved you from in the future.
  • 00:23:19.270 --> 00:23:21.160
  • Remember, the Bible says God
  • 00:23:21.160 --> 00:23:22.210
  • loved us when we were
  • 00:23:22.210 --> 00:23:24.080
  • without any reason to be loved,
  • 00:23:24.080 --> 00:23:27.080
  • sinful, rebellious.
  • 00:23:27.080 --> 00:23:29.240
  • Not looking for love,
  • 00:23:29.240 --> 00:23:31.040
  • God reached out to us.
  • 00:23:31.040 --> 00:23:33.040
  • That's the quality of love
  • 00:23:33.040 --> 00:23:34.270
  • he wants us
  • 00:23:34.270 --> 00:23:35.280
  • to develop as believers.
  • 00:23:35.280 --> 00:23:37.030
  • And when we do, I want to tell
  • 00:23:37.030 --> 00:23:38.260
  • you if you've ever experienced
  • 00:23:38.260 --> 00:23:40.070
  • even a little bit of this,
  • 00:23:40.070 --> 00:23:41.210
  • it's an amazing life.
  • 00:23:41.210 --> 00:23:44.040
  • To love others is the greatest
  • 00:23:44.040 --> 00:23:45.250
  • reward you will ever get
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  • - announcer: Dr. Jeremiah will
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  • return with one more
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  • inspirational word to close
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  • today's "A Life Beyond Amazing"
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  • - Dr. Jeremiah: It's ironic,
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  • isn't it, that the thing the
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  • Fortunately, we have the
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  • Next time on "Turning Point."
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  • - announcer: Dr. Jeremiah
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  • continues his conversation with
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  • Bobby Schuller, Mandisa,
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  • David Green, and Kirk Cousins.
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  • And he teaches how
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  • we can make the decision
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  • - Dr. Jeremiah: The Bible says,
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  • "Commit your way
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  • unto the Lord and he," what?
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  • "Gives you the desires
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  • of your heart."
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  • But it doesn't start until you
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  • say, "Yes," until you say,
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  • "Lord God, I want your joy.
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  • I know I'm not gonna get it
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  • my way so here I am.
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  • Here's the page of my life.
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  • "A Life Beyond Amazing."
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  • "A Life of Joy,"
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