Pastor Kong’s Sermon 24, January, 2015

Acts 17:28, John 10:10
Love. That’s the central theme of the Bible. Faith works through love.
Gal 5:6
Invest. How do we invest in lives in things which really matter? There must be eternal dividends.
Forgive. Without forgiveness, Christianity is a lie.
Enjoy. The joy of the Lord is our strength. Let’s enjoy the journey.
Nothing happens without God’s permission. When God permits it, it is for our good.

Make love our aim. 1 Cor 14:1
Beyond getting the blessing, we should be expert in love.
1 John 4:19
The only reason we can love is because He loved first. We love others just like He loves us.
How does God love us?

1. Jesus accepts us.
We live in the world of survival of the fittest, smartest and loveliest. People tend to reject us when we do not perform well. However, Lord Jesus accepts us for who we are regardless of our imperfection. Even when we let Him go, He will hold on to us.
Jesus Lord then commands us to accept others. We can accept without approving sinful lifestyle.
John 8:11.
Rm 15:7
We choose love. Let’s accept people who irritate us.

2. Jesus values us.
How much are we worth to God?
Our self worth is more important than net worth. We are worth much more than the angels. Lord Jesus died for humans, not angels.
How do we value something? It depends on who the Creator is.
Eph 2:10.
Workmanship. We are God’s masterpiece. 1 Pet. 1:18-19.
We are so valuable that Lord Jesus died for us. We then should treat others with care as they are valuable to God. We need to speak with tactfulness as we need to maintain relationship.
Col 4:6

3. Jesus believes in us
To Jesus, we are new creations, we are righteous, we are more than conquerors.
John 14:12
Jesus believes we can do greater works.
We should also believe in others because Jesus believes in us.
1 Cor13:7
We can believe in others by encouraging others. We should think the best of people.

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