SO WHAT IS RADICAL LOVE? AN EXTREME VIEW OF LOVE
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16 NKJV
“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 and sisters.” 1 John 3:16 NIV
WHY IS LOVE SO IMPORTANT? LOVE IS WHAT MATTERS MOST
“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 NIV
“Do everything in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14 NIV
THE DISCOVERY OF RADICAL LOVE IS A JOURNEY GOD IS INVITING US TO EXPLORE
“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge…” Ephesians 3:17-19a NIV
THREE DISCOVERIES ABOUT GOD’S LOVE
1ST DISCOVERY: GOD IS WITH ME.
““The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”).” Matthew 1:23 NIV
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1 NIV
2ND DISCOVERY: GOD LOVED ME WHILE I WAS HIS ENEMY.
“but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 ESV
“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them.” Luke 6:27-29 NIV
“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.” Luke 6:32-35 NIV
3RD DISCOVERY: GOD GIVES TO ME KNOWING I CAN’T REPAY HIM.
“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich.” II Corinthians 8:9 NKJV
“But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” Luke 14:13-14 ESV