Loving God, loving men

Pastor Jide Erin-Oluwa - 05-Oct-2008

On Thanksgiving Sunday, Pastor Jide taught about loving God and loving men practically. He highlighted that if we say that we truly love God we will love men. The text that was shared was 1 John 3:16 - "By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren" and 1 John 3:18 - "My little children let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth".

Pastor Jide threw a challenge to the church that those who claim to be Christians should truly love in deed and in truth, not just in words. This would mean reaching out to fellow students at school by showing love, giving gifts and making people know that we care for them but most especially that God loves and cares for them the more. Secondly, by truly loving God and consequently men we will no longer be timid at sharing the good news that Christ did not come to condemn sinners but to save lost souls. What a joy it will bring to the Lord if we really love our neighbours and colleagues at work that we regularly share the good news and souls are won to the Lord. This will demonstrate that we love God.

In conclusion we were reminded of that we show our love for God when we are obedient to God's commandments and this is simply to LOVE. Love God and be passionate in worship through out the week and not hypocritically on Sunday and by going into our sphere of influence to share our faith regularly. "This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. These things I command you, that you love one another". (John 15:12-17)

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