Pastor Paul Strozier
John 13:34-35 - So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
1 John 2:6-8 - Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did. Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment for you; rather it is an old one you have had from the very beginning. This old commandment—to love one another—is the same message you heard before. Yet it is also new. Jesus lived the truth of this commandment, and you also are living it. For the darkness is disappearing, and the true light is already shining.
Live like Jesus
1 John 2:6 - Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.
John 15:13 - There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
Give like Jesus
Happy, healthy relationships don’t depend on what you get out of them, but what you put into them.
1 John 4:19 - We love each other because he loved us first.
If you don’t accept love, you can’t let yourself love
You want another person to do for you what only God can do
“How glorious the splendor of a human heart that trusts that it is loved!”- Brennan Manning
Love like Jesus
“It is natural to feel fear and insecurity when confronted with the radical demands of the Christian commitment. But enveloped in the lived truth of God’s furious love, insecurity is swallowed up in the solidity of agape and anguish and fear give way to hope and desire. The Christian becomes aware that God’s appeal for unlimited generosity from His people has been preceded from His side by a limitless love, a love so intent upon a response that He has empower us to respond through the gift of His own Spirit.
Perhaps the gut issue is not how much theology we have studied or how much scripture we have memorized. All that really matters is this: have you experienced the furious longing of God or not?”
“Love isn’t something we fall into, love is someone we become.”