Discussion: Real Love

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Real love inspires giving, not taking.

“For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.” -1 John 2:16
Real love involves sacrifice. 

“Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” -Matthew 19:21
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” -1 Corinthians 13:4-7
God is love. 

“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” -1 John 4:8
God gives to us graciously. 

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” -Romans 5:8 
God gives to us sacrificially. 

“This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.” -1 John 3:16

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” -John 10:11, 
God wants us to be much better off than we were before we met Him. 

“Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.” -Matthew 9:35-37
God wants us to be in tune with Him. 

“Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me. The one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love them and show myself to them.” – John 14:21
Do you want to know real love? Do you feel like you may be missing out on what real love really is? Draw closer to God, and He can show you. Read His word, and learn how He loves through the example of His son, Jesus.
“Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” -James 4:8
“let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.” -Hebrews 10:22
God loves you and me, He died to bring us closer to Him, to make a relationship with us possible. I invite you to let His love embrace you, and to begin to let His love make you into a person of real love. If you honestly confess you have done things (sins) that separate you from God, and ask for God’s forgiveness. Believe that He raised Jesus Christ from the dead, and say out loud to others that He is the leader of your life, who you trust to direct you and be your Lord. Then you will be cleansed from sin and saved from the hopeless isolation that results from a forever separation from God. I chose to pray this prayer to God, and I am so glad I did. If you have not asked God for forgiveness, and want to do that, talk with Karyn, Cyndi, or me about it, or you can even pray to God by yourself, but you just can’t keep it a secret. 
“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” -Romans 10:9