Rooted in Love
Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NLT) 7 “Blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence. 8 They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.
Ephesians 3:16-19 (NIV) 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
ROOTED IN LOVE
1. God is a Lover
Zephaniah 3:17 (NIV) The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”
Song of Solomon 8:6-7 (NLT) Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away.
Zechariah 8:2 (NIV) This is what the LORD Almighty says: "I am very jealous for Zion; I am burning with jealousy for her.”
How much does God love us?
John 17:23 (NLT) ….you love them as much as you love me.
Romans 5:8 (NLT) But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.
1 John 3:1 (NIV) How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!
2. God is longing for lovers
Mark 12:28-34 (NIV) 28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, "Of all the commandments, which is the most important?" 29 "The most important one," answered Jesus, "is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' 31 The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these." 32 "Well said, teacher," the man replied. "You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. 33 To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices." 34 When Jesus saw that he had answered wisely, he said to him, "You are not far from the kingdom of God." And from then on no one dared ask him any more questions.
How do you get into Love with God?
The Great Command is the great response.
1 John 4:19 (NIV) We love because he first loved us.
1. HEART- Be intentional
2. SOUL- Affections
Fom religion to romance.
1 John 5:3 (NIV) This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome.
Jacob and Leah
Genesis 29:20 (NIV) 20 So Jacob served seven years to get Rachel, but they seemed like only a few days to him because of his love for her.
3. Mind- Attention
Thinking: What we think, how we think, how often we think.
Remembering: His love for you, His love for others
4. Strength/Might -Demonstration
“Love reciprocated is Love demonstrated.”
John 15:9-11 (NIV) 10 If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
“Love takes the sting out of obedience.”
Psalm 36:7-9 (NLT) 7 How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings. 8 You feed them from the abundance of your own house, letting them drink from your river of delights. 9 For you are the fountain of life, the light by which we see.