EXPERIENCING THE GIFT OF GOD’S RADICAL LOVE
“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
“So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:6-7 NKJV
WE EXPERIENCE GOD’S LOVE WHEN WE MAKE ROOM
1) WE EXPERIENCE GOD’S GIFT OF LOVE WHEN WE MAKE ROOM IN OUR HEART.
HIS LOVE SHOWS UP AS HOPE.
“and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:5-8 ESV
“The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words. I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!”” Lamentations 3:19-24 NLT
2) WE EXPERIENCE GOD’S GIFT OF LOVE WHEN WE MAKE ROOM IN OUR LIVES.
HIS LOVE SHOWS UP AS LEADERSHIP.
“Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’” Matthew 1:23 NLT
“Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.” 2 Thessalonians 3:5 NKJV
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 NIV
3) WE EXPERIENCE GOD’S GIFT OF LOVE WHEN WE MAKE ROOM FOR HIS FAMILY.
HIS LOVE SHOWS UP AS COMMUNITY AND SUPPORT.
“God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.” Psalm 68:6 NIV