Summary: What does Christian love look like?

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The Extravagance of Christian Love

I. Introduction

A. Mark 14.3-9

B. Society’s Understanding of Love

II. The Cost of Love

A. This type of love is extravagant

B. This type of love is sacrificial

C. This type of love is dangerous

III. The Commitment of Love

A. She literally gives all that she has

B. She holds nothing back

IV. The Continuous Nature of Love

V. Conclusion

A. Was Jesus wrong?

B. Lets make Jesus right?

Video clip playing showing the anointing of Jesus; accompanied by the song “Hold Me Now.” By Jennifer Knapp; played and sang by Tom Collins

I. Introduction

What a beautiful song and a beautiful video clip. Thank you Tom for sharing such a poignant story in song and video. What a great story of love. What a great example of the kind of love that Jesus deserves. What a wonderful example of Christian love. And that is the topic or the theme for today, Christian love. What does it mean to love and what does love really look like. We say we love this or we love that, but what does love really mean? What are the characteristics of love that each follower of Jesus should strive for? Today, I hope to address that question and my prayer is that when we leave here today, we have a better understanding of the type of love that Jesus desires for us to have not only toward others, but also toward him.

I few weeks ago I was leading the senior high youth through a program discussing the three temptations that Jesus went through in the wilderness. As luck would have it, I drew the lust of the flesh. I realized while preparing that program for the youth how we as a culture define love and measure love. We seek to understand what love is based on magazines and movies. We are inundated with so much visual data of what love should be and what love should look like. But the love that we see in movies and the love that we read about in magazines is not the kind of love that God demands for himself or the type of love that we truly desire from each other. We pick up magazines as we are walking through the check-out line at Wal-Mart to catch a glimpse of how we should feel when we love and how we should act when we love something. We perhaps even subscribe to magazines that promise us love and tell us sure ways how to get people to love us. We even by things, thinking that if I wear a certain thing or dress a certain people will love me more. We even have catalogs sent to us like Victoria’s Secret, that is neither Victorian nor much of a secret, but promises us romance and love by the products that it sales. It is interesting that we are a culture that is obsessed with love and being loved, but we have a poor idea of what love looks like or feels like. We sometimes mistake feelings and moods for love, but that is far from a Christian view of love.

As followers of Jesus, love is more than a feeling or an idea. Love is an action. It began at creation with God, out of love creating the world and all that is in it and that love continued down through the ages until love was personified as a person named Jesus. Today, I want us to understand what Christian love should look like. I want us to understand what is the measuring stick. To help us understand this better, we will need to go to the source for understanding what love is all about, a book full of love, the Bible.

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