The House That Love Built, Apr 29, 2012

Col. 3:12-14 – as Christians, we have no choice but to put on love and forgiveness
1 John 3:16, John 15:11-17 – God’s taking us to a place of maturity
– Jesus left us with two commands: love God, love people
Gal. 5:22-23 – it’s not always easy to love people but God has called us to do just that.
– How do we love?
  – listening – actively listening
  – helping – helping people is often not convenient but worth it
  – encouraging – put courage in people
  – giving – of our time, talent, and treasures
– God puts people in our world that need us and our encouragement, and often times is the more difficult people to deal with.
1 Cor. 13:1-13
– love and acceptance are the two most important needs of every person.
– the gift of love: bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails – it is eternal.
Phil.2:1-4 – be God-centered – not self-centered
John 14:23
– when people excel, we cheer
– when people rejoice, we rejoice
– when people prosper – we smile and applaud
– when people hurt – we hurt
– when people cry – we cry
– 10 ways to love:
1. be patient
2. verbalize love often
3. smile
4. forgive easily – keep short accounts with people – don’t maniputlate people
5. express love – through cards and letters
6. protect and nurture what is important – spouse, family, etc.
7. laugh often
8. live to give
9. when you learn – teach. Share your life with others
10. celebrate