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How I Will Open My Heart, Mind, and Door

Sunday, September 8, 2002

Bethany Church

Pastor Don Hawks

God turned into good what you meant for evil. Genesis 50:20 (NLT).

Pay all your debts, except the debt of love for others. You can never finish paying that! If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill all the requirements of God’s law. For the commandments against adultery and murder and stealing and coveting—and any other commandment—are all summed up in this one commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to anyone, so love satisfies all of God’s requirements. Romans 13:8-10 (NLT)

“Love your neighbor as yourself…” Luke 10:27

Never seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD. Lev. 19:18 (NLT)

Don’t run up debts, except for the huge debt of love you owe each other. When you love others, you complete what the law has been after all along. Romans 13:8 (TMNT)

I Will Open My Heart, Mind, and Door for….

A. The poor and needy

“If you want to give it all you’ve got,” Jesus replied, “go sell your possessions; give everything to the poor. All your wealth will then be in heaven. Then come follow me.” Matthew 19:21 (TMNT)

B. My enemies.

But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!… If you love only those who love you, what good is that? Matt. 5:44-46 (NLT)

C. Repentance

O LORD, you God of vengeance, you God of vengeance, shine forth! Rise up, O judge of the earth; give to the proud what they deserve! Psalm 94:1-2 (NRSV)

The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 (NRSV)

D. Life

You planned evil against me but God used those same plans for my good, as you see right now—life for many people. Genesis 50:20 (TMOT)

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts1:8 (NRSV)

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