Faith and Love

Connection vs Principles

  • Using the word connection in place of first the commandment. Loving God and people. Matthew 22:37-38
  • Using the word principle in place of Jesus commands to obey him.
  • Principle – a fundamental truth that serves as the foundation for a system of belief or behavior or for a chain of reasoning.
  • Both connection and principles are equally important but we have to prioritize them in the right order. (Love and then parameters of Love)
  • Principles are the barrier and boundaries that protect Love. When we dismiss the principles.
  • If we prioritize principles first in relationships we put a barrier between people and love.
  • Jesus didn’t invite us into relationship through principles, he invited us through love he then convicts us of the principles (sanctification)
  • Its not appropriate to dismiss the principles but to prioritize them in the right place.
  • When the principles are dismissed it puts the connection of the relationship in danger.
  • The principles that Jesus provides in the Sermon on the Mount protect our hearts and our relationships.
  • We see the wisdom in Jesus principles by aiming our heart to obey them.
  • Example leaning back in your chair.

Matthew 22:37-28
He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command.

Romans 12:16-18
Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud; instead, associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own estimation. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Give careful thought to do what is honorable in everyone’s eyes. 18 If possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.

Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

  • Confidence that the Lord will intervene in our heart and circumstances.
  • Stepping out in small ways repeatedly with the expectation that God will do big things. (Money, relationships & health)
  • Money is the easiest way to grow our faith because we can observe our reaping and sowing.

Matthew 13:31-32
He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.”

  • Jesus says small faith is legitimate. We take small steps (mustard seed) in trusting God continually (money, time and possessions).
  • We don’t need big awesome things to happen for our faith to grow. Its a process over time.
  • The mustard seed is only buried 1/2, it takes minimal effort to sow a seed of faith.
  • Over time we end up with an (large) mustard tree if we are diligent in taking small steps of faith.
  • Our faith can become strong enough that others (birds or gentiles) can find life and refuge in it through testimony.
  • See also Ezekiel 17:23; Ezekiel 31:3-9; Daniel 4:10-12

Testimonies of Faith in the Word

  • 19 years ago leading a youth group through 1 Corinthians 5:12.
  • Ash grove assembly reading Romans 8:1.
  • Holy Spirit falls in the context of our home Bible Study.
  • John 3 convicts both Rafa and Luka.

Testimonies of Faith in Money

  • I believe sowing money is the simplest way to your grow your faith.
  • The outcomes are visible, often times 1 for 1.
  • Generosity breeds generosity and confidence the Father is incredibly Giving and Loving.

Testimonies of Words of Knowledge

  • Ryan and the word suicide flashing before my eyes.
  • Client with PTSD threatening to kill himself.

Testimonies of Faith to restore Relationships

  • Jamie from Airgas
  • Matt from Airgas
  • Our marriage

Love

James2:14&17
v14What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works?…v17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

  • Faith plus works is Love in action
  • 7 times Jesus links Loving him with Obeying Him.
  • John 14:15; 14:21; 14:23; 14:31; 15:10; 15:12; 15:17

John 14:15
 “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

 John 14:15
Whoever has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me. And he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.”

John 14:23
Jesus answered him, “If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.

John 15:4-5
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

  • To the degree that I am to obey Jesus is the degree which I will love my wife.
  • Jesus will never lead me to slander, hurt, criticize, tear down my wife.
  • His leadership over my life his her protection. If I reject his will for my life, I put her in a precarious place.
  • Not simply his overall will. But his will for my heart, mind and emotions, those things have to be subject to him.
  • I assume that I will always grow in humility. I don’t think it healthy to view it as levels or steps but a constant incline.
  • By making this assumption about my own sanctification is always at work and I have a lot to learn.

Matthew 11:29
Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

  • Faith that the Holy Spirit is leading both Melissa and I into his likeness

Love – that Melissa and I can endure a life together that forms a stronger bond between us.

The Lords correction to me

Matthew 23:24 Blind guides! You strain your water so you won’t accidentally swallow a gnat, but you swallow a camel!

This attitude creates division, doubt, derision, stirs up anger, fear.

Phillipians 2:1-4

Context of Phillipians: Paul is in prison and Believers in Phillipi are being persecuted for Jesus sake.

If, then, there is any encouragement in Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, make my joy complete by thinking the same way, having the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. Everyone should look not to his own interests, but rather to the interests of others.

Paul then shares the gospel in poem form and follows up with

Phillipians 2:12-15

…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 13 For it is God who is working in you both to will and to work according to his good purpose. 14 Do everything without grumbling and arguing, 15 so that you may be blameless and pure, children of God who are faultless in a crooked and perverted generation, among whom you shine like stars in the world…

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