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The Call To Love

Rom. 13:8-10


8 Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. 9 For the commandments, "You shall not commit adultery," "You shall not murder," "You shall not steal," "You shall not bear false witness," "You shall not covet," and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

 

Introduction  Girl Cried

I was attending a junior stock show when a grand-champion lamb, owned by a little girl, was being auctioned. As the bids reached five dollars per pound, the little girl, standing beside the lamb in the arena, began to cry. At ten dollars, the tears were streaming down her face and she clasped her arms tightly around the lambs neck. The higher the bids rose, the more she cried. Finally, a local businessman bought the lamb for more than $1000, but then announced that he was donating it to the little girl. The crowd applauded and cheered.


Months later, I was judging some statewide essays when I came across one from a girl who told about the time her grand-champion lamb had been auctioned. The prices began to get so high during the bidding,she wrote, that I started to cry from happiness.She continued with: The man who bought the lamb for so much more than I ever dreamed I would get returned the lamb to me, and when I got home, Daddy barbecued the lamband it was really delicious.Joe Wagner, in Readers Digest


Are You In Love?

A young man said to his father at breakfast one morning, Dad, Im going to get married.” “How do you know youre ready to get married?asked the father. Are you in love?” “I sure am,said the son. How do you know youre in love?asked the father. Last night as I was kissing my girlfriend good-night, her dog bit me and I didnt feel the pain until I got home. Source unknown

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1.       The Call Of Love Is A Call Of . . Commitment. v 8

8 Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.


Introduction

All Christians have a debt to The Law Of Love. There are two words used in the New Testament for Love. Agapao and Phileo Phileo is more of a friendly kind of love where Agapao is more of a godly kind of love. Both involve a voluntary (I’ve decided to love you) and involuntary (I cant help but love you) response.


            One point: there is no command to love in scripture that ever uses phileo. Added to from C. Swindoll, Growing Strong, pp. 67-8

 

            A.        A Commitment Of A . . Debt Stated. 13:8a

“Owe no one anything except to love one another,. . .”

 

                        1.         Owe No One Anything.

                                    a.         A Through Check Of Scripture Reveals

                                                Debt Is Allowed Unless Abusive.

                                    b.         Best Not To Borrow Or To Lend, But Most Of Us Have, and Do.

                        2.         Good Advise: 10% To God, 10% To Savings

                                                            80% To Live On.

                        3.         MAJOR DEBT IS TO LOVE.

 

            B.        A Commitment Of A . . Debt Satisfied. 13:8a

“. . . for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.”

 

Illustration    Blest Be The Tie That Binds

In 1773, the young pastor of a poor church in Wainsgate, England, was called to a large and influential church in London. John Fawcett was a powerful preacher and writer, and these skills had brought him this opportunity. But as the wagons were being loaded with the Fawcettsfew belongings, their people came for a tearful farewell.During the good-byes, Mary Fawcett cried, John, I cannot bear to leave!Nor can I,he replied. We shall remain here with our people.The wagons were unloaded, and John Fawcett spent his entire fifty-four-year ministry in Wainsgate. Out of that experience, Fawcett wrote the beautiful hymn, Blest Be the Tie that Binds.          Today in the Word, August, 1996, p. 6



Application


The Call Of Love Is A Call Of . . Commitment.


I will ask you to go to someone you can share a

word of love with latter in this sermon


 

2.       The Call Of Love Is A Call Of . . Commandment. v 9

            9 For the commandments, "You shall not commit adultery," "You shall not murder," "You shall not steal," "You shall not bear false witness," "You shall not covet," and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

 

            A.        The . . Statement Of The Commandment. 13:9a

For the commandments, "You shall not commit adultery," "You shall not murder," "You shall not steal," "You shall not bear false witness," "You shall not covet,"

                        1.         No Adultery, 2.        No Murder.     3.         No Stealing. 

                        4.         No Lying.       5.         No Coveting.

 

            B.        The . . Summation Of The Commandments. 13:9b “. . . and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

                                    NASU “. . . it is summed up in this saying,. . .”

                                    KJV . . . “it is briefly comprehended in this saying,”

                        1.         Other Commandments?

                                    a.         Why No Mention Of The Sabbath?

                                    b.         Wiersbe says: Note that Paul says nothing about the Sabbath; the Sabbath Law was

actually part of the Jewish ceremonial code and never applied to the Gentiles or to the church. Nine of the Ten Commandments are repeated in the epistles for Christians to obey, but the commandment about the Sabbath is not repeated.

                                    c.         We Worship On Sunday Because The Lord Resurrected On Sunday.

                                    d.         The Sabbath Commemorates Creation.

                                    e.         The Lord’s Day Commemorates Re-Creation.

Illustration                Under A New Law

Dr. Mitchell was impressing upon us that we are not under the Law when were in Christ, but were under a new lawthe law of LOVE. He used this to illustrate:

In America there is a law stating a woman must take care of her child. So, a man comes to a new mothers home. He says Are you taking care of your baby? The Law says you have to.The woman, tenderly holding her baby, said, I dont need a law to make me take care of my baby.Why? Because she loves her baby! She feeds him, holds him, changes him because she loves him. I no longer need the Law because Im under Christa law of LOVE. Source unknown


 

Application

 

I don’t need a law if I follow The Love Of God!

The Call Of Love Is A Call Of . . Commitment.

 

The Call Of Love Is A Call Of . . Commandment.

 

 

3.       The Call Of Love Is A . . Conquering Call. 13:10

10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

            A.        The . . Action Of Conquering Love. 13:10a

10 Love does no harm to a neighbor;. . .”

            B.        The . . Accomplishment Of Conquering Love. 13:10a

“. . . therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

Illustration    Act Out Love In his book Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis wrote,

Do not waste your time bothering whether you love your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this, we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him. If you injure someone you dislike, you will find yourself disliking him more. If you do him a good turn, you will find yourself disliking him less. Our Daily Bread.

Illustration    Atmosphere of Creative Love

Some years ago, Dr. Karl Menninger, noted doctor and psychologist, was seeking the cause of many of his patientsills. One day he called in his clinical staff and proceeded to unfold a plan for developing, in his clinic, an atmosphere of creative love. All patients were to be given large quantities of love; no unloving attitudes were to be displayed in the presence of the patients, and all nurses and doctors were to go about their work in and out of the various rooms with a loving attitude. At the end of six months, the time spent by patients in the institution was cut in half. Source unknown

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Application

The Call Of Love Is A Call Of . . Commitment.

The Call Of Love Is A Call Of . . Commandment.

The Call Of Love Is A . . Conquering Call.

 

Conclusion    the Love Of God

A certain medieval monk announced he would be preaching next Sunday evening on The Love of God.As the shadows fell and the light ceased to come in through the cathedral windows, the congregation gathered. In the darkness of the altar, the monk lighted a candle and carried it to the crucifix. First of all, he illumined the crown of thorns, next, the two wounded hands, then the marks of the spear wound. In the hush that fell, he blew out the candle and left the chancel. There was nothing else to say.

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