The Abundance of God for the Mission of God
Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.”
A correct view of God leads to a generous life.
We love because He first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from Him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.
2 Ways an Incorrect View of God Effects My View of Others
1. God can't... love me until I've earned it.
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved…. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.
Application: I can love generously even when others have not earned it.
2. God won't... meet me where I am.
He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in His appearance that we should desire Him. He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces He was despised, and we held Him in low esteem.
…the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
…He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him….
If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?
Application: I can love generously by stepping into the suffering of others, even if it’s messy.
Generous Gospel | Loving Others Generously
This weekend, Pastor Lee Martin teaches on loving others generously out of the abundance of God's love for us, and how an incorrect view of God can influence our view of other people.