Bible Study on LOVE by Mark Kelldorf
COUNTERFEIT OR TRUE
“TELL ME THE TRUTH….. I WILL NOT BE OFFENDED!”
(In reality they don’t want you to tell them the truth, they want you to tell them….what they want to hear!)
2 Timothy 4: 2–4 (GOD’S WORD OR MAN’S WORD)
2 Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage — with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine (the Word of God). Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth (God’s Word) and turn aside to myths (Man’s Word).
- Justifies your immoral actions
- Agrees with your selfish motives
- Feeds your vanity with shallow compliments
- Stokes the fires of hate that you may have for someone
▲ SO WHY ARE WE FEARFUL OF SPEAKING THE TRUTH TO SOMEONE WE SUPPOSEDLY LOVE?
- WE BELIEVE:
- People will turn against us
- Not love us back
- Look down on us
- Speak Negative behind our back
- Try and discredit us
* “You are being self-righteous!”
* “You hypocrite, you sin like me!”
* “Don’t judge me!”
▲ WHY DO WE NOT WANT TO HEAR THE TRUTH?
- BECAUSE, WE MUST CHANGE:
- Changes requires:
* Self Review
* Belief in something different
- WE ARE COMFORTABLE AND CONTENT WITH WHERE WE ARE AND WHO WE ARE.
▲ COUNTERFEIT LOVE FOR OUR GOD
Matthew 7: 21–23 (RELATIONSHIP)
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
- WOW! DO NOT BE DECEIVED! GOD KNOWS OUR MOTIVES / HEART.
Matthew 10: 32–33 (ACKNOWLEDGE)
32 “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven.
- ARE WE REAL OR FAKE?
Matthew 10: 34–39 (GOD 1ST)
34 “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn “ ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law — 36 a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’ 37 “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38 Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39 Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.
- WE MUST CHOOSE WHO OUR GOD REALLY IS!
1 Corinthians 13: 64–8a (LOVE)
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.
- Love For:
√ Our Wife
√ Our Family
√ Our Friends
√ Our God
1 Corinthians 16: 13–14 (TRUTH IN LOVE)
13 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 14 Do everything in love.
- Love trumps everything!
- If you truly love someone, you will always tell them the truth….with LOVE as the motivation.
▲ TRUE LOVE:
- Always put others 1st.
Philippians 2: 2–4 (SELFLESS)
2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
- Others 1st.
- Hold the person you love accountable.
▲ DO WE TRULY LOVE OUR GOD?
John 21: 15–17 (PETER)
15 When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.” 16 Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”
17 The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?” Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my sheep.”
- Feed my lambs (Teaching and Instruction “Our” Children)
- Take care of my Sheep (Protection)
- Feed My Sheep (Teaching & Instruction, Our Sphere of Influence)
1 Peter 5: 2–4 (SHEPHERD OF YOUR FLOCK)
2 Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them — not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; 3 not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.
Jesus always loved to use examples of:
- Shepherds (Leader, Responsible)
- Sheep (Follow, Dependent)
- Lambs (Innocent, Young)
- BE SHEPHERDS OF THE SHEEP:
√ Lead them, be responsible for my lambs (youth), sheep (family), sphere of influence.
- BECAUSE YOU ARE WILLING:
√ Let me see your true motive, your heart.
- EAGER TO SERVE:
√ Selfless motives, others first attitude like a good shepherd for his flock.
- NOT LORDING OVER THOSE ENTRUSTED TO YOU:
√ Lead with love, not a heavy hand… How does God shepherd us?
√ God has given us these precious sheep for only a season; then He will take us all back one day!
- BE A GODLY EXAMPLE TO YOUR FLOCK:
√ Lead by example, as Christ did.
▲ A WIN, WIN!
- DO WHAT IS RIGHT AS A SHEPHERD FOR HIS SHEEP AND YOU WILL BE REWARDED BY GOD… ETERNAL LIFE!