Summary: If Ariel had known the love of Christ maybe she wouldn’t have committed suicide.
SHARING THE LOVE OF CHRIST MESSAGE
Good morning and welcome to our fellowship. Many nations are represented here today; some represented on stage today France, South Africa, Russia and Venezula. No matter where you are from we are excited that all of you are here today. We have been talking about the theme: Sharing the love of Christ this month and we’ll continue with this topic today. Why focus on this topic?
There’s an old song that says; What the world needs now is love sweet love it’s the only thing that there’s just too little of. There’s not enough love in the world. What we need is not just love, but we need the love of Christ. Why?
PT 1: CHRIST’S LOVE NEVER FAILS
(Psa 6:4 NIV) Turn, O LORD, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love.
King David appealed to the unfailing love of God in Psalm 51:1. He had committed adultery with Bathsheba, another man’s wife.
According to the law he was to be killed. Lev 20:10 "’If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife--with the wife of his neighbor--both the adulterer and the adulteress must be put to death.
Man’s love may fail, but God’s love never fails. His is an unfailing love. But there’s more! Man life and love is but a mist; here today,
(Psa 89:2 NIV) I will declare that your love stands firm forever, that you established your faithfulness in heaven itself.
James 4:14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.
(Psa 103:11 NIV) For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him. For those that fear God, have a deep reverence and respect for Him, His love for that person or persons is as high as the heavens are above the earth!
Why focus on and share the love of Christ?
PT 2: CHRIST’S LOVE IS GREAT!
(Psa 57:10 NIV) For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
Many of us have experienced and it can be quite intoxicating. We know the feeling. It’s great. It’s beautiful. To love and be loved. To have someone enthralled with who you are. That excepts us. Knows our weaknesses and still cherished us. Love is powerful. We yearn for it and will sacrifice anything to get it We want it to last. When we fall in love, we’re sick. Head over heels in love. So much excitement so much passion, can’t wait to be with the person, joyful, happy. Call everyday, chat about nothing for hours, hang on every word, do silly things (like write on other peoples property), dream big dreams, interested in every facet of the person, it’s just beautiful. Our hearts are enthralled. Love is intoxicating. Here’s the thing: (pause) We experience all that from a sinner. As sinners our love is imperfect. Christ’s love is pure and holy. I John tells us that God is love. He is the source of love. Christ’s love is far, far, far greater than mans love.
A.W. Tozer, a preacher of Gods word for 44 years; says about God’s love. From God’s other known attributes we may learn much about His love. We can know, for instance, that because God is self-existent, His love had no beginning; because He is eternal, His love can have no end; because He is infinite, it has no limit, because He is holy, it is the quintessence of all spotless purity, because He is immense, His love is an imcomprehensible vast, bottomless, shoreless sea before which we kneel in joyful silence and from which the loftiest eloquence retreats confused and abused. CHRIST LOVE IS GREAT!
Why focus on and share the love of Christ?
PT 3: PEOPLE ARE HURTING AND NEED HIS LOVE
Ariel was 20 years old when she set herself on fire and ended her life. Why? Her boyfriend broke up with her and she stated: I just feel so unloved. Or how about this suicide letter posted by the suicide prevention center.
Why did he do this to me? He said he loved me and wanted to marry me. How could he spend so much time with her and not care how I feel. I can not handle this with classes and moms problem. The classes are getting to much for me to copy with. I wish I could just die, then I wouldn’t be a problem to everyone.
Why can’t I have a talk with anyone. You’re all so busy and here I sit. Please someone do something so I can’t feel the hurt anymore. I hurt so bad, what can I do?