ENGAGING WITH FRIENDS
by Bo Patterson
This is My command: Love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends. You are My friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you slaves anymore, because a slave doesn’t know what his master is doing. I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything I have heard from My Father. – John 15:12-15
In our modern culture, the word “love” is linked with hopeless romantics, people who hug too much and a word you throw out at the end of a conversation with family. Love in the Bible, however, is a deep, powerful and forgiving relationship between God and His children, and His children and others. It includes elements of truth, confrontation and engagement.
Jesus loved His disciples. It wasn’t a “love you, bro” kind of love, but an “I would die for you” kind of love. His love wasn’t only displayed on the Cross, but in His daily walk. He engaged people every day with compassion and shared who He was in powerful ways. He did this as an example to us so we will engage others with the love we receive from Him. Do you love others so much that you want them to have a relationship with Jesus? How can your testimony of Jesus loving you, despite your flaws show love to someone else? How can you help younger generations move from a “warm and fuzzy” love to an “I would die for you” love?
Prayer: Lord, today I pray for the youth of Mobberly. Give them boldness to live for You in their homes and in their schools. Keep them from the temptations that could entangle them. Give them courage to be radical in a world that holds different values.
“The amount of time we spend with Jesus, meditating on His Word and His majesty, seeking His face, establishes our fruitfulness in the kingdom.” – Charles Stanley
Engage10K Request: Pray for the people of Mobberly to be open to the leadership of God through the sermon today.