Summary: Experiencing God's love will enable us to do unto others as we would have them do to us.
Three Results of God’s Love
A. Ancient rabbi tale of selecting a spot for a temple.
1. Two brothers lived on adjacent farms, worked the fields and divided the harvest.
2. One season, after a plentiful harvest, the married brother sat with his family and thought about his lonely brother.
3. Decided to take his share and give it to his brother.
4. Single brother was also thinking about how difficult it was for his married brother.
5. Decided to take his share and give it to the married brother.
6. Place where they met was where the temple was built.
B. Jesus spoke of criticism in the previous verses.
1. Our criticism should not be unjust or self-righteous.
2. Jesus now talks about our relationships with other people, and they must be characterized by love.
3. This is the positive side of Jesus’ instruction to us.
4. The absence of hatred and ill will doesn’t mean we necessarily love them.
5. Love involves action and is shown in what we do.
IT GIVES US SUCCESS IN LIFE
A. What does Jesus say?
1. If we ask we will receive, if we look we will find, and if we knock it will opened to us.
2. Great and comprehensive promise.
3. We can feel free to love and sacrifice because of Christ’s love and because he has promised to meet our needs.
B. The example of our Heavenly Father.
1. He has expressed generosity to us in many ways.
2. Has sent Christ to pay for our sins.
3. He blesses us daily and will do so in eternity.
4. We can do for others without fear of depleting our resources since they are given by God.
5. We keep on asking, looking and knocking.
6. As we receive these blessings, we share them with others.
C. What should we pursue?
1. Wisdom and a greater fellowship with Christ.
2. Wisdom helps to discern and discriminate between right and wrong.
3. We receive such wisdom through prayer.
4. “If any of you lacks wisdom, let them ask of God, who gives to all people generously and without reproach, and it will be given to them.” (James 1:5)
D. The example of Solomon.
1. Given the throne of Israel and realized his awesome responsibility.
2. Prayed to God, “So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?” (I Kings 3:9)
E. Wisdom is needed because situations keep changing.
1. Technological advances that present us with new ethical questions (such as cloning and other ways for women to get pregnant apart from the husband).
2. Gene therapy can present us with many new and unanswered questions.
3. Imagine the books it would take to have specific rules for every new and developing circumstance.
4. We need wisdom for such as this.
F. We need to pursue fellowship with God.
1. God’s Spirit indwells us to encourage and strengthen.
G. These verses are not a blank check.
1. Promise is made to believers alone.
2. Primary focus in the Sermon on the Mount is to believers.
3. We must live in obedience, “Whatever we ask we receive from him because we keep his commandments and do the things that are pleasing in his sight.” (I John 3:22)