John 3:16-The Power of Love

Back in 1991, R&B Grammy award artist Luther Vandross released a song by this very title… The Power of Love.  A portion of the lyrics went something like this:

When you’re close I can feel the power
When it’s love I can always tell
Love for me is the best thing now
It’s something that I know so well
You’ve got to believe in love
It’s a feeling that’s next to none
Can’t stop until we are one

With the power of love

Tell everyone to try
I promise you’ll reach the sky
One thing that we can’t deny
Is the power of love
The very  foundation of the church should be based on how we love each other rather than how we judge each other.
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Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
I Peter 4:8
There are many who have so many don’ts within their “religion”, that love has no place. Don’t date. Don’t wear earrings. Don’t dance. Don’t eat this. Don’t say that. And the list goes on and on. All of these “don’ts” and my question is, “where is love in all of this? Why would people want to come to church…or even to God if we set them up for failure from the very beginning? Let love win them to Christ!
Let love dictate what you do!
Let God’s love be at work in your life!
If you can love  and be consistent in your love walk, in spite of what they do or even do to you, they will come to Christ… eventually. We all have our “eventually” stories. We weren’t born perfected!  Someone had to share God’s love with us and God drew us to Himself.
The hymn written by Fanny Crosby in 1875 reminds us of God drawing us to Him.
I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice,
And it told Thy love to me;
But I long to rise in the arms of faith
And be closer drawn to Thee.
Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord,
To the cross where Thou hast died;
Draw me nearer, nearer blessed Lord,
To Thy precious, bleeding side.
Love draws. Love does not discriminate . But what would life be like if we all were not loved for one reason or another?
Not loved…
Because ur fat
Because ur skinny
Because ur too dark
Because ur to light
Because ur too old
Because ur too young
Because ur not from this country
Because ur female
Because ur male
Because ur single
Because ur married
Because ur divorced
Because ur not a college graduate
Because you have special needs
Because you had a child out of wedlock .
Because you didn’t have a child.
Because you’re a foster child.
Because you are adopted.
What if somebody, somewhere did not love you, or even like you because of what they knew about you?
Let love guide ur decisions. Let love be your motive. Let love be your agenda. Love will always prevail!
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Love for too long  has had a  contingency clause.
If they do this then I can do that…
If they think this way then I can love them .
If they work this way then I can love them
If they dress this way then I can love them.
If they give this way, then I can love them.
Love has no contingency clause.
Love just is!!
The scriptures tell us about the power of love in John 3:16. The ultimate picture of love!
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
-Love exceeds( so loved)
-Love includes (the world)
-Love gives( that he gave)
-Love sacrifices( His only Son)
-Love is considerate( whosoever  believes…)
-Love is eternal( shall not perish , but have… )
-Love considers your destiny (eternal life)
Let God’s love rule your thoughts and actions today! God’s love is the greatest love of all!

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