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Summary: 7 Areas of Misplaced Love: Love of SELF, Love of MONEY, Love of PRAISE, Love of the WORLD, Love of PLEASURE, Love of DARKNESS, and Love LOST. Great scriptures for each. PowerPoints at website.

Help, I’ve Misplaced My Love!

John 13:1

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Now before the feast of the passover, when Jesus knew that his hour

was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father,

having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.

SEVEN MISPLACED AREAS OF LOVE…What not to love.

1. LOVE OF SELF.

2TI 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters,

proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

A young man said to his father at breakfast one morning, "Dad, I’m going to get married."

"How do you know you’re ready to get married?" asked the father. "Are you in love?"

"I sure am," said the son.

"How do you know you’re in love?" asked the father.

"Last night as I was kissing my girlfriend good-night, her dog bit me and I didn’t feel the pain until I got home."

Ill.--It’s so normal to love ourselves that Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.”

2. LOVE OF MONEY.

1TI 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some

coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves

through with many sorrows.

Love-letter lament:

Dearest Jimmy,

No words could ever express the great unhappiness I’ve felt since breaking our engagement. Please say you’ll take me back. No one could ever take your place in my heart, so please forgive me. I love you, I love you, I love you! Yours forever, Marie.

P.S.-- And congratulations on willing the state lottery.

Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also!

Now I lay me down to sleep

I pray my brand new car to keep

I pray my stocks are on the rise

And that my analyst is wise

That all the wine I sip is white

And that my hot tub’s watertight

That racquetball won’t get too tough

That all my sushi’s fresh enough

I pray my cellphone always works

That my career won’t lose it perks

My microwave won’t radiate

My condo won’t depreciate

I pray my health club doesn’t close

And that my money market grows

If I go broke before I wake

I pray my Lincoln they won’t take.

3. LOVE OF PRAISE.

JN 12:43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

Ill.—my son, Jacob, 6, playing GameCube: “no daddy, I’ll play, you watch and say good job!”

Ill.—encouraging words are fine, but praise is like perfume…It’s ok to sniff it a little, but don’t swallow!

My grandfather once told me that there are two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was less competition there.

Indira Gandhi

[work behind the scenes, not just up on the stage!]

4. LOVE OF WORLD.

1JN 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

ill.--A scuba diver is in the water but breathes the air which is from above--he takes his environment with him.

Do you take breaths of heaven out into the world w/ you? Do you bring the world into your home, your head, God’s house?

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