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True Love | Brief Sermons for Busy Folks-Pat Loftin

pat loftin The church folks were giving testimonies of the good they had received from the recent revival. A dear lady member rose up to tell of the great blessings she had received. She testified thusly, “Before this revival meeting I hated my brother-in-law so much that I would not even go to his funeral. But since this revival I feel so different toward him— in fact, I would now be glad to go to his funeral any old day.”

Love for others is a proof of loving Jesus and obeying His Word! Jesus said in John 13:35, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.” Some folks are easy to love but some are not! Jesus has the power to enable us to love the unlovely! One thing that helps us to love people is to remember how much God loves us! God loved us so much that He gave His Son to die on a cross so we could be saved and go to Heaven. All we have to do is believe in Christ and He will save us!

Pat Loftin has served as a Baptist minister for some 62 years and resides in Epps, LA where he has been the husband of Kathy for 59 years, the father of 3, grandfather of 6 and great-grandfather of 3 more. His hobbies include fishing but his passion is for preaching, teaching and writing. To contact Bro. Pat Loftin, you may email him through our contact page here

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Love….

Just to note, there are many people, groups and organizations that disagree with me. They may disagree with me a lot and we may be ions away from one another in the realms of our understanding of truth and life. We can try to persuade one another to accept our beliefs: that’s fine. But I refuse to hate them or be hateful to them because of it. I have friends who are atheist, gay, straight, black, white, red, yellow, of African descent, Irish descent, Asian descent; I have Baptist friends, Pentecostal friends, Methodist, Episcopal, Presbyterian and yes, even Roman Catholic friends. I love them all. We may disagree and they know what a contender I am for I know is truth, but to treat them unlovingly would contradict the very teachings of the Master Himself.

Matthew 5:43-48 King James Version (KJV)
43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

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John MacArthur-Does God So Love the World?

We must maintain a carefully balanced perspective as we pursue our study of God’s love. God’s love cannot be isolated from His wrath and vice versa. Nor are His love and wrath in opposition to each other like some mystical yin-yang principle. Both attributes are constant, perfect, without ebb or flow. His wrath coexists with His love; therefore, the two never contradict. Such are the perfections of God that we can never begin to comprehend these things. Above all, we must not set them against one another, as if there were somehow a discrepancy in God.

Both God’s wrath and His love work to the same ultimate end – His glory. God is glorified in the condemnation of the wicked; He is glorified in every expression of love for all people without exception; and He is glorified in the particular love He manifests in saving His people.

Expressions of wrath and expressions of love – all are necessary to display God’s full glory. We must never ignore any aspect of His character, nor magnify one to the exclusion of another. When we commit those errors, we throw off the biblical balance, distort the true nature of God, and diminish His real glory.

Does God so love the world? Emphatically – yes! Proclaim that truth far and wide, and do so against the backdrop of God’s perfect wrath that awaits everyone who does not repent and turn to Christ.

Does the love of God differ in the breadth and depth and manner of its expression? Yes it does. Praise Him for the many manifestations of His love, especially toward the non-elect, and rejoice in the particular manifestation of His saving love for you who believe. God has chosen to display in you the glory of His redeeming grace.

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Love Your Enemies

From the  message But I Say to You, Love Your Enemies, Part 2 by John Piper.

 

Now how can we do this? Where does power to love like this come from? Just think how astonishing this is when it appears in the real world! Could anything show the truth and power and reality of Christ more than this?

Let me just give you part of the answer from Matthew 5:11–12,

Blessed are you when men cast insults at you, and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely, on account of Me. 12 Rejoice, and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Jesus says that not only can you endure the mistreatment of the enemy, but you can also rejoice in it. Why? Because your reward in heaven is great.

Which means that the command to love your enemy is a command to set your mind on things that are above, not on things that are on the earth. The command to love your enemy is a command to find your hope and your satisfaction in God and his great reward—not in the way people treat you. The steadfast love of the Lord is better than life (Psalm 63:3).

Loving your enemy doesn’t earn you the reward of heaven. Treasuring the reward of heaven empowers you to love your enemy.

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