Summary: Love is God’s glue to hold people together
The Tie that Binds
Scripture: Romans 13:8-10
Objective: Love is God’s glue to hold people together
Sermon props: a nail, a screw, glue. a stapler, and some tape
Hi everyone. It is so good to see you today. I have some things in treasure box to show you. In here we have a nail, a screw, some glue, a stapler, and some tape. What do all of these things have in common? That’s right! They are all used to help hold things together. They are very good for that – they work perfectly.
But they will not all work in every situation. If I am building a house and want to hold the boards together I would not use tape and if I want to hold some papers together I would not use a nail.
What do you think we should use if we want to hold people together? Would the nail work? Ouch! No! Would the glue work? That would be sticky wouldn’t it?
Did you know God does have something special that He uses to hold people together? Listen to what the Bible says:
Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. The commandments, "Do not commit adultery," "Do not murder," "Do not steal," "Do not covet," and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: "Love your neighbor as yourself." Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law. (Romans 13:8-10)
Did you catch it? Sure you did! God says the thing that he gives us to keep people together is … love!
Love is what compels us to forgive each other. Love is what compels us to treat each other right. Love is what compels us to spend time together.
Did you know that love can grow? In fact, the more our love grows for one another and for God the more close we will be with each other. And the more we will forgive. And the more we will serve. And the more we will spend time together.
Nails are the perfect choice for keeping boards together. And staples are the perfect choice for keeping papers together. Let’s thank God that he has given us the perfect thing to keep people together!
This Children’s Sermon is provided by Dr. Kenneth Pell
Potsdam Church of the Nazarene
Potsdam, New York