Summary: In this conversation we talked about how because God is great and God is good that He is worthy of our love.
A God Worthy Of Your Love
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. 4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. – Psalm 19:1-4
Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. 2 Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.
3 Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy. 4 For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.
5 The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love. By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. - Psalm 33:1-5
I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. 2 Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.
3 Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom. 4 One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.
5 They speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty— and I will meditate on your wonderful works. 6 They tell of the power of your awesome works—
and I will proclaim your great deeds. 7 They celebrate your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your righteousness.
Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance? - Isaiah 40:12
Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the earth was founded? He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them out like a tent to live in.
– Isaiah 40:21,22
WELCOME – to week 4 of Getting Better at what Jesus said matters most.
UNDERSTAND – 2000 years ago God in the flesh told us what the most important commandments are…
“The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
AND LISTEN – if you get better at…
NOW – for the last 3 weeks we have been focusing on the commandment about Getting Better at loving yourself…
Let’s do a quick review…
To Love Yourself You Must …
Plunge The Depths Of The Father’s Love
The Father’s Love for you is a love…
• Beyond reason
• That delights in you
• That is for you
• That pays attention to you, and
• That constantly pursues you
Push Through Insecurity (By…)
• Resisting and Replacing The Lies Of The Enemy With God’s Truth
• By Refusing To Drink The Deadly Toxin Of Comparison
Accept That You Loving Yourself Is Essential Not Selfish
You need to start getting serious about loving yourself
Go Back In Order To Move Forward
You need to examine the scripts that your past has handed you, and see how it is impacting your today.
Use 1 Corinthians 13 As A Template For Loving Yourself
Do I love myself?
Am I patient, gentle and kind to myself?
Am I slow to get angry with myself?
Do I easily let go of my mistakes and failures?
Let God’s Approval Become Your Validation
Define yourself radically as one beloved by God. God’s love for you and his choice of you constitute your worth. Accept that, and let it become the most important thing in your life. – Brannan Manning
UNDERSTAND B/S – I want you to know that I feel it is necessary for me…
• To continually remind you of these things
• To constantly keep in the forefront of your mind, the commandment to love yourself
• To encourage you to go after the power to live your life in ‘real’ freedom, if you love what God loves and God loves you…
THE BOTTOM LINE IS
IF - you don’t,
THEN - loving God as you should and loving others as God intends will seem like…