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Month’s theme: Truth – the final battle!

Today’s theme: Loving in the Truth

 

‘THE TRUTH’ FOR CHRISTIANS

– The nature of Truth is Jesus, that is in Jesus…

  • Definitive (John 14:6 / Romans 3:23)
  • Clear (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
  • Absolute (1 John 5:11-12)
  • Exclusive (John 1:12)

 

‘IN LOVE’ FOR CHRISTIANS

  • The nature of ‘love’ that is Jesus, that is in Jesus…
  • Unconditional (Romans 5:8 / Matthew 5:43-48)
  • Unmerited (1 Timothy 1:15 / Ephesians 2:8-9)
  • Without judgement (1 Corinthians 13:5 / Romans 8:31-35)
  • Enduring (1 Corinthians 13:7 / Romans 8:38-39)

 

TRUTH AND LOVE

  • For every born again, Spirit filled Christian…
  • Love is defined by the truth; the truth is expressed by love & in love
  • Love never denies the truth; the truth never refuses love
  • Love never undermines the truth; the truth never empowers love

 

JESUS IS THE REALITY OF TRUTH & LOVE

  • Jesus is the only Truth (John 14:6)
  • Jesus is love in truth (John 3:16-17 / John 15:13 / 1 John 4:10)
  • Jesus holds in Himself truth and love in perfect harmony (John 1:14)

 

JESUS IS OUR EXAMPLE

  • John 8:1-11 (Jesus and the woman caught in adultery)
  • Truth upheld: ‘go now and leave your life of sin’ (verse 11)
  • Love not denied: ‘neither do I condemn you!’ (verse 11)
  • Loving in the truth; the truth in love

 

THE WITNESS OF THE ‘INCARNATION’

  • Truth: Our God in the person of Jesus, stepped into our world to redeem us sinners from the curse of judgement and death (Galatians 4:4 / 1 Timothy 1:15)
  • Love: Our God came in the person of Jesus, to reconcile us to Him and to offer us the gift of eternal life – because He loves us so (John 3:16-17)

 

THE WITNESS OF THE CROSS

  • Truth (re sin, salvation, & eternal life): Jesus died on the cross to save sinners from sin and their wretched state and to meet God’s demand for righteousness (Romans 3:23 / 6:23 / 5:6-11 / 1 Timothy 1:15)
  • Love: Jesus’ death on the cross revealed once and for all the unconditional love of God for us (John 3:16-17 / Romans 8:31-39)

 

APPLICATION: SEXUAL EXPRESSION

  • Truth: The bible teaches only one sexual expression: between one man and woman within marriage! All other sexual expressions are sin (Genesis 1: 26-27 / 2:20-24)
  • Love: We do not judge those who commit sexual sins. We love the sinner but hate the sin (Romans 13:10 / James 4:11-12)

 

APPLICATION: UNIVERSALISM

  • Truth: The bible teaches: One True God – our Triune God. All are not God’s children.  You become God’s child through faith in Jesus alone! (Ephesians 4:4-6 / John 14:6 / Romans 10:9-10)
  • Love: We love/accept people of other faiths. We do not judge them.  But we cannot affirm their beliefs or seek shared faith.  We want them to know Jesus (Romans 13:10 / Ephesians 4:15)

 

LOVE & TRUTH: PERFECT HARMONY

  • Keep My commands (truth) and you will remain in My love (John 15:10)
  • He who has My commands and keeps them is the one who loves Me (John 14:21)
  • If you love Me, keep My commands (John 14:15)
  • Speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15)