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A Lifestyle of Love

Last week, Pastor Matt continued his sermon series “Let’s Get R.E.A.L.” with the letter ‘A’. He talked about our attitude in 3 key areas: hardships, work, and the great commandment. He asked us a question to get us thinking about our attitude - what is your attitude toward God? He reminded us that “chances are, your attitude toward Him will be a reflection of your attitude toward others.” This was a challenging message, but a necessary topic as we delve into what it looks like to honor and glorify God with our lives, all of our self!

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”    

-1 Corinthians‬ ‭6:19-20‬ ‭

Through our relationships, engagements, and attitude we are called to bring honor and glory to God. This week we will move on to the last letter in the series: L is for a Lifestyle of Love. Is the way we live our lives an expression of love for Jesus that pours out onto others? What does this kind of love look like?

…“he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross!” —Philippians‬ ‭2:7-8‬ ‭

Jesus is the ultimate expression of love. We are only capable of receiving and sharing this love because of Him! He is love. And if we are in Him, we can love this way as well. Join us Sunday at 10am to hear more about how we can love with our lifestyle.

“Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us. And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us. Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. All who declare that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God. We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we live like Jesus here in this world. Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love. We love each other because he loved us first. If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their fellow believers.” ‭‭-1 John‬ ‭4:7-21‬ ‭NLT‬‬

In Him,

Katie Karlson

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