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Part 1: React to People With Love
In this series, we examine ways to fulfill what Jesus gave us as the greatest of all commandments:
John 13:34-35 [AMP]
The problem is that people often make it very difficult to love them. That is why this podcast was created. Take a listen and see if you emerge better equipped to love those who are less than lovable.
Part 2: Resist Confrontation With Love
Check out what the Apostle Peter has to say about this:
1 Peter 4:8-9 [AMP]
Love (God’s agape love) allows you to show love to those who might otherwise create confrontation or contention. Love is the better way.
Part 3: Quench Fires With Love
Have you ever heard somebody say, “I am going through hell” — or maybe you were the one who said that because your situation has been so frustrating that you feel you can’t stand it? I have heard people describe a lot of situations as being hell-like:
- Their work environment…
- Their marriage…
- Some personal or familial relationship…
- Their school…
A lot of people think that their situation is like hell… or that some person is putting them through hell. Unlike hell, however… we can extinguish those fires that happen between people by applying God’s agape love.
1 Peter 3:8-9 [AMP]
Part 4: Love Fu
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 [AMP]
The weapon that we use is the weapon of Love. Love Fu, so to speak, would encompass the art of using the agape love of God to disarm those who would be our enemies.
Part 5: Community of Love
It is sad that so many churches and even individual believers can’t get along. But in order to truly fulfill the calling of Jesus Christ, we are to create and live in a community of love. Follow the instructions that Saint Paul gives us in Romans 12 and you will find yourself beginning to enjoy life that is lived within a community of love.
Romans 12:9-11 [AMP]
Part 6: Debt of Love
Love is not just a nice thing to do… it is the only thing to do. It is a debt that we owe to others. As with finances… we want to stay current on our payments to avoid getting a bad credit score. When that happens… you will ride around in a bummy car with a brick-sized cell phone and have the cool people laugh at you. At least, that is what happens in those commercials. You have a debt of love. Pay your debts!
Matthew 5:43-45 [AMP]
Part 7: Unity of Love
Believers in Jesus Christ are one body. Not the Baptist body… the Catholic body… the Pentecostal Charismaniac body… but we are all one in Christ. Sadly, we don’t always appear to be acting that way. But, we should!
Psalm 133:1 [AMP]
The opposite of Psalm 133:1 would be that it is very unpleasant for brethren to dwell together in antagonistic cliques that hate and despise and contradict each other.
1 Corinthians 12:12-13 [AMP]
A body that does not function has difficulty achieving many tasks. The mind may be as bright and sharp as ever… but without limbs and organs that function in synchronicity… think about it…
Ephesians 1:2 [AMP]
Ephesians 2:14 [AMP]
In order to be in unity, we need love. Love is the cement that holds us together. When we are held together by love… we have peace. And peace is a whole lot better than the alternative!
Part 8: More Love… More Power!
Our goal is to live lives that exemplify unselfish love for others. Even when people act ugly and contrary… we want to obey Jesus’ commandment to forgive them and to show them unconditional (agape) love.
1 Corinthians 13:13 [AMP]
The more love you have (and exercise)… the more power you will have.
Part 9: Walk in Love, Avoid Strife, God Defends You!
Referencing our audio teaching entitled Defender, we know that people are often used by satan to cause problems for us. We also know that God is a mighty Defender Who will fight battles on our behalf with power and might that is exponentially greater than anything we could ever imagine. The next important point is to remember that when we walk in love and avoid strife, we may with confidence leave all conflicts in God’s hands… where they will be far better dealt with than by your own strength or schemes.
Walk in love towards those who offend.
The power of God will always defend.
Part 10: From Jihad to Jesus
In the final segment of this ten-part series, our brother Joel Rosenberg related an experience meeting a former terrorist leader who in the past would have murdered Joel in cold blood. Instead of doing that during this particular encounter, the former terrorist embraced Joel as a brother. Why? Because of an act of love. Someone sowed seeds. The seeds were Bibles. The harvest of just one of those seeds was a life changed from murder and terror to compassion and love. Jesus explains it this way:
Mark 4:3-9 [AMP]
Somebody sowed the word. And while most of the seeds sown were destroyed by the Islamic men who had intercepted them, one seed got through and changed a life for eternity… a life that will, in turn, impact countless lives!
The Way of Love
1 Corinthans 13 is the core scripture for this volume. You may access the teachings from Volume Two below: