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The God of Love

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Date: December 23, 2018

Speaker: Jay O'Brien

Series: The Fruit of the Spirit

Scripture: Ephesians 5:1–5:2

Love is as critical for your mind and body as oxygen. It is not negotiable. The more connected you are the healthier you will be, both physically and emotionally. The less connected you are the more you are at risk. It is also true that the less love you have the more depression you are likely to experience in your life. Love is probably the best antidepressant there is, because one of the most common sources of depression is feeling unloved. Most depressed people do not love themselves, and they do not feel loved by others.- Ellen McGrath, The Power of Love

God’s love gives a new identity

  • I am what I do VS I am what what Christ has done for me
  • I am what I have VS I am wealthy in Christ
  • I am what others say about me VS I am a beloved child of God

 

First of all, you have to keep unmasking the world about you for what it is: manipulative, controlling, power-hungry, and, in the long run, destructive. The world tells you many lies about who you are, and you simply have to be realistic enough to remind yourself of this. Every time you feel hurt, offended, or rejected, you have to dare to say to yourself: 'These feelings, strong as they may be, are not telling me the truth about myself. The truth, even though I cannot feel it right now, is that I am the chosen child of God, precious in God's eyes, called the Beloved from all eternity, and held safe in an everlasting belief. - Henri Nouwen, The Life of the Beloved