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Copy of CLS Talk #5 - Loving Your Neighbor

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Transcript of Copy of CLS Talk #5 - Loving Your Neighbor

Session 5: Loving Your Neighbor
Goal
Understand the meaning of Christian love
and to apply Christian love in our lives
Welcome to Session 5
Love
Evolution of Love by Judith
Toddlers
I love anybody who loves me.
....especially those who
give me toys and
my favourite snack...
...(is there anybody who does not love me?)
love is defined in a slam book...
or facebook....or twitter....
Me
Benedict
Adult
"fall in love", commitment, family, togetherness
Mature Years
...faith, dealing with "aloneness"
Pre-teen
Teenager
love is a bit more complicated...
Media Years
looks, fame, money, attention....
Love owes me......
Christian Love
20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.
1 John 4:20-21
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Love
Positive Feelings
Love
saying "yes"
Love
defensive
Love
self-seeking
Love
manipulation
What does God mean by (Christian) love?
9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love...
12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.
13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
Christian Love
keeping God's commandments
(to love your neighbour as yourself)
What
IS NOT
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.’
First and Greatest Commandment
Mark 12
Second Greatest Commandment
31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
Love your neighbor
You love yourself.
AS
I
MYSELF!
The command to love my neighbour as I love myself is a THREAT TO MY OWN SELF-LOVE.
As I long for food when I am hungry, I must long to feed my neighbour when he is hungry.
As I work for a comfortable place to live, I must desire a comfortable place to live for my neighbour.
As I seek a source of livelihood for myself, I must help my neighbour seek a source of livelihood for himself.
Mark 12
Self-Love
food
clothes
home
security
money
vacation
family
career
vehicle
health
looks
Body shape
The Greatest Commandment - Mark 12

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.
If I am longing to see more of God's bounty through the supply of food, rent and clothing, then I must seek to show others the greatness of this divine bounty by the generosity I found in God.

If I savor more of God's wisdom through the counsel He gives me in stressful relationships, then I must seek to extend more of God's wisdom to others in their stressful relationships.
If I am enjoying the fruits of my career from God's provision, then I must show others how to enjoy God's provision to them which are in different forms.

If I delight in seeing God's goodness in relaxed times of leisure, then I must extend that goodness to others by helping them have relaxed, healthy times of leisure.

If I want to enjoy more of the riches of God's personal friendship through thick and thin, then I must extend that friendship to the lonely through thick and thin.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
1 Corinthians 13
Characteristics of Christian love
Christian Love
Connected with keeping God's commandments
A self-sacrificial love
Committed service to others
Does this make Loving Your Neighbor simple?
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