"LOVING WELL MATTERS" 4th Sunday of the Resurrection


4th Sunday of the Resurrection

What day is today?        Resurrection Day
Which means?                 I get to fear less, hope more and love well!

Philippians 1:9-11 So this is my prayer: that your love will flourish and that you will not only love much but well. Learn to love appropriately.
Romans 12 9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

1 Corinthians 13
Love is…   

                     not jealous                                      ...to boil with e
nvy!      Why?
                     not boastful,
                     not proud                                        ... to puff up self through w
ords and actions,
                     not rude
                     not self-seeking                              ...  to subtly d
rain life from others for self’s sake
                    not irritable,                          
                    not keeping a list of wrongs,
                    not rejoicing in evil but
                          rejoicing in the truth,

                   always protects,
                   always believes,                               … these don’t drain life from others but p
our into them
                   always hopes,                        
                   always endures.                                                    
    Love       never fails.                   

When it comes to Loving Well the question is, “Where are we looking for LIFE”?

          The “old self” drains life from others and is never filled!
          The “new self” receives life from Jesus and overflows into others – that is Loving Well.

Notice the fruit!  Who is in charge?    

We get to say to the old self, “You’re Fired” and to the new self, “You Lead”!

Study Guide

Solitude, Scripture & Prayer 

Find a quiet place and 15 minutes.

Solitude – Spend TWO minutes quietly alone.  Take some deep breaths… Just be… … …Ask, “Holy Spirit, speak to me through Your Word!”

Scripture – Read slowly, out loud if possible, listen, reread, dwell, notice words & phrases you are drawn to & return there!  (Sermon notes may help with understanding, but don’t stop there.)

Keep asking, “Jesus, what are You saying?  Why this word this day?

What are You asking me to believe about You and about me? 

How do I join You today on Your mission and in my transformation?”

Prayer – Let your conversation with God flow from what He is saying then talk about what you notice is on your heart and also on your list.

Finish - Spend TWO minutes again with God

The readings this week take us deep into the source of true love and the capacity to love well – Jesus!  Ruminating on these verses will help your receive the power of the love and life of Jesus who is Risen from the dead.

Monday – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Tuesday – Romans 12:1-2, 9-12

Wednesday – Romans 12:13-21

Thursday – John 15:1-8

Friday – John 15:9-17

Saturday – Psalm 42


Got questions?  Continue the discussion.  Follow the link @  https://goo.gl/Jd93J7