Summary: Valentines massage that talks about all things we do in life for love. Fun but powerful message.
What would you do for love?
Matthew 22:35-38 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36 "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?" 37 Jesus said to him, "’You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’38 This is the first and great commandment.
Intro: It’s Valentines Day this week and love is in the air. You know I was thinking about some of the crazy things we do for love. Perhaps you have seen the Dr Pepper commercial; it shows a young man going to great lengths for love. It shows him buying… well let’s just say something men aren’t comfortable buying. You see him in an aerobics class, then walking in the rain holding an umbrella over his special lady as he is getting soaked. Then you see them sitting on a couch watching a movie he has a Dr Pepper in his hand, she begins to reach over to take his Dr Pepper and he gets a look in his eyes that says now that’s going to far. I did the female shopping, the aerobics, I held your umbrella while I got soaked, but you are not getting my Dr Pepper, that’s going to far! Next thing you see is her standing on the porch and him running down the street with the Dr Pepper still in his hands.
You know I think this is also true with a lot of believers, I know it has been true in my life at times. Many times we say God I’m yours, I’ll do anything for you, my life belongs to you but in reality there are things we won’t do, there are things we won’t let go of. God I love you but I am not going to give up this habit or addiction. I love you but you can’t be number #1 that place belongs to my family, my career, my own desires. God I will give you Sunday morning but the rest of the week belongs to me. God I give you my all but not my tithe that’s too much.
Today as believers God wants our all. Are you ready to give it?
Matthew 22 tells us that loving the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength is the first and greatest commandment. I believe it is the greatest commandment because if we love him with all our hearts we will want to serve him; our love will drive us and push us to live our lives to please him.
"If you love Me, keep My commandments
If you have been in love you know it does some things to you. Here are some things we know about love and what we are willing to do for love.
I. When you love someone you want to be with them.
a. Man I see some couples and they are so lovey dovey it almost makes you sick.
i. They are always together; you almost think they are Siamese twins joined at the hip.
ii. She’s got a t Shirt that says I love Billy Bob; he’s got a matching shirt that says I love Mary Ann.
iii. They can’t afford to go to a fancy restaurant all they can afford is to share a French fries at McDonalds, but they don’t care cause they’ve got love and they’ve got each other.
iv. Because I love God, I can’t wait to spend time with him.
pray without ceasing,
b. If we are praying with out ceasing we are communicating with God all day long.
i. Remember prayer is a conversation with God.
ii. That means you and God talking together all day. You are hearing from God through out the day.
c. We spend time with the one we love because we want to know them better
i. I want to learn more about God.
ii. I want to know him intimately. I want to know his thoughts, his heartbeat. His desires for me.
iii. I want to read his love letter to me, it tells me how much he loves me, he tells me he wants to spend eternity with me.
When you are in love you will be completely committed faithful to that person.
I Cor 13:4-8a
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails…
II. When you are in love you will be completely committed faithful to that person