Summary: We must show God's love to be a leader!
Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit,[b] in faith, in purity.
—Go over what we have talked about the last few weeks—
*Tonight we are going to talk about Love *
The Bible says we are to love one another.
But can we do it?
Someone once said,
"I love mankind; ——it’s people I can't stand.
People are hard to love sometimes right?
Even people at church can be difficult to love.
Sometimes it's hard enough to love our own family.
Everyone knows what i am talking about there right ?
Specially right after the holidays !!!!
When all the family gets together you see just how hard it is to love some of them!!
**One guy told his wife that if she had really loved him she would have married someone else.
Its hard to love people sometimes right?
So how do we make love a characteristic of our lives?
I. Make love a priority
We all agree loving people is difficult.
But it is what the Bible commands.
(1 John 3:11).
"For this is the message you have heard from the beginning: we should love one another"
Let all that you do be done in love.
Not some things you do …Let all that you do
All things you do..
That means when people are looking and when no one is looking.
That means when everyone else is talking bad and making fun of someone you stand up for them..
That means don’t just be nice to people why you are in here, but be nice to them when you leave here as well..
**Let all that you do be done in Love**
*If you are going to be a leader you are going to have to realize that others are watching you
They are watching how you talk
They are watching how you conduct yourself
And they are going to be watching and paying attention to see if you're acting out of love..
The Bible has a great deal to say about love.
In fact, the Bible says in 1 John 4:7–8 that “God is love”
In other words, love is a fundamental characteristic of who God is.
Everything God does is impelled and influenced by His love.
If you say that your a leader and want to be like Him
Then ever thing you do should be out of love as well!
The Bible uses several different words for “love” in the Hebrew and Greek,
Some of these words mean (“affectionate love”)
; others indicate “friendship”;
and still others, “erotic, sexual love.”
The caring provision love of Boaz for Ruth;
The deep friendship love of David and Jonathan;
The fatherly love of Paul for Timothy and John for the church;
And, of course, the sacrificial, saving love of Christ for the elect.
The bible tells us a lot about love
Especially in the “love chapter,”
Who knows what the love chapter is ?
Love is patient and kind; love doesn’t envy, boast, or dishonor others;
love is not proud or self-seeking;
love is not easily angered, doesn’t keep a record of wrongs, and doesn’t delight in evil; rather,
love rejoices with the truth; love always protects, trusts, hopes, and perseveres;
love never fails
I want to point out two words from this passage
The word —Proud and Self-seeking
The word Proud or Pride, who knows what that means ?
To fear the LORD is to hate evil; I hate pride and arrogance, evil behavior and perverse speech.
There is a difference between the kind of pride that God hates
and the kind of pride we feel about a job well done.
God hates the pride that goes around boasting About something
The look at me Pride because I'm better than you.
We all know people like that don’t we ?
God hates it because it is a hindrance to seeking Him.
The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God;
God is in none of his thoughts.
What this verse is saying is the proud are so consumed with themselves
That their thoughts are far from God:
“In his pride the wicked does not seek him;
In all his thoughts there is no room for God.”
If you are consumed with Pride there is no room for love, or for God.
If you are full of pride you will not seek Him..
You can not be a leader if you are filled with Pride
It can’t happen…
You cant get out of your own way enough to help some one else
Your more worried about what other think about you
Your more concerned about who is looking at you..