"LOVING WELL MATTERS" 5th 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.

1 Corinthians 13
Love is…

not jealous
not boastful,
not proud
not rude
not self-seeking
not irritable,
not keeping a list of wrongs,
not rejoicing in evil but
rejoicing in the truth,

always protects,
always believes,
always hopes,
always endures.
Love never fails.

The “nots” in Paul’s explanation of love directs us to:

·       turn away from what comes naturally to our “old self” with its impostor way of loving,

·       embrace our “new self” way of loving and living empowered by God.

Galatians 5 17 For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want.

Loving Well is a battle.  

Our Old Self (sinful nature, the flesh) is allied with the devil and the world forming an un-holy trinity. 

Our New Self, empowered by the Holy Trinity experiences victory in Loving Well!       What is today?

1 Peter 5   
8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith,    
James 4  7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

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 power to love and win the battle of loving well.

Monday – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Tuesday – Galatians 5:13-18

Wednesday – Galatians 5:19-26

Thursday – Romans 6:8-14

Friday – Ephesians 6:10-18

Saturday – Psalm 51


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