LOVE LIVE GIVE
Matthew 22:35-40 NLT – “35One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question: 36’Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?’ 37Jesus replied, ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38This is the first and greatest commandment. 39A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.’”
We are to LOVE GOD and LOVE OTHERS (as we love ourselves).
Loving God because loving people is really just an extension of loving God. Jesus couldn’t have given us the greatest command without also giving us the second greatest command, because the two are completely entwined.
Loving people means going out of our way, rearranging our schedules, or using our resources to meet the needs of the people around us.
John 10:9-10 NLT - "9Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. 10The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”
At Destiny Center Church, we believe we become LIFE-GIVING by living our core values. Life-giving means - “to impart the quickening principles that will bring abundant life”.
The word "give" is an ACTION verb.
Galatians 6:6-10 NLT – “6Those who are taught the word of God should provide for their teachers, sharing all good things with them. 7Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. (You reap what you sow.) 8Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. 9So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. 10Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.”
We should give: