Wednesday, September 16, 2009

...Love People...

Our Mission at Grace Christian Fellowship: To lead people to love God and to love people in Jesus' name around the corner and around the world.

It's a little dangerous to try and separate loving God and people. The two really are inseparable.

Loving God really can't happen apart from loving people. And to truly love people you must love God so his love flows through you.

I think in the church today we think we've loved God if we show up for a church service on Sun. and give ten bucks. Loving God requires a relationship. Otherwise, all you have is religion. It was a religion of hate that brought down the World Trade Center.

What does loving people look like? John said it well when he wrote,

"This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth." -1 John 3:16-18

Loving people = Loving God so much that you treat people he created like he would if he were in your place

So are you loving people throughout the week? Neighbors? Co-workers? Classmates? Family? Strangers? What grade would you give yourself for how you loved people last week? (write it down)

"Father, help us as a church family learn to truly love people motivated by our love for You which is motivated by your incredible love for us. Move us to act selflessly, generously and lovingly this week. In Jesus' name I pray, amen."