Listen to Jed’s sermon from Sunday, February 4th below and follow along with the notes.
“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-7)
- Focus on loving people genuinely (v. 1-3) – In a world of “counterfeit love,” Jesus calls his people to love genuinely. We love genuinely when we put people before our personal projects and performance.
- Focus on loving people graciously (v. 4-6) – In a world of “peacebreakers” and “peacefakers,” Jesus calls us to be “peacemakers.” As we move from being a loosely connected crowd to a loving community, we have to be ready to extend grace.
- Focus on loving people endlessly (v. 7) – In a world that feels the pain of rejection, Jesus wants his people to be marked by an endless love. We can extend an endless love to others as we experience Christ’s endless love towards us.
Source of Idols Chart: Our Desires For Comfort/Approval/Control Often Are The Source Of Our Relational Problems
Ken Sande’s 4 G’s of Peacemaking
- Glorify God – What does God want in this situation?
- Get the Log Out Of Your Own Eye – What have I done to contribute to this relational problem?
- Gently Restore – How can I best help someone see their contribution to the problem?
- Go and Be Reconciled – How can I contribute to the restoration of this relationship?
Before You Gently Restore: 4 Questions To Ask To Determine If You Should Overlook The Offense Or Not
- Is the offense seriously dishonoring to God?
- Has it permanently damaged a relationship?
- Is it seriously hurting other people?
- Is it seriously hurting the offender himself?
As You “Go and Be Reconciled,” Remember The 4 Promises Of Genuine Forgiveness
- “I will not dwell on this incident.”
- “I will not bring up this incident again and use it against you.”
- “I will not talk to others about this incident.”
- “I will not let this incident stand between us or hinder our relationship.”