Real Love – what is it?
• I will never intentionally harm you
• I will always work in your best interest
• I want you to be all that God made you to be
• I will always speak truth to you
Love is sourced in truth, not in feelings.
Love gives people what they need, not what they want.
God’s children share real love with each other.
God’s children are brothers and sisters.
God’s children share real love with the world around them.
Here are some Bible examples of people who showed real love.
Sadly, they were not received well.
Did Jesus love the Pharisees?
Did he treat them in a loving way?
Did the Pharisees feel loved?
How did they respond? Were they Jesus’ brothers?
John 8:42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love Me,
Did Jeremiah love Judah?
Did he treat them and speak about them in loving ways?
Did they feel loved?
How did they respond? Were the leaders Jeremiah’s brothers?
26:7-11 –false accusation of disloyalty (“he spoke against city”) threat of death to him
37:11-21 – false accusation of disloyalty and prison (“he has joined the enemy”)
38:1-13 – false accusation of disloyalty, cast into dungeon of mire
Did Stephen love the religious leaders?
Did he treat them in loving ways?
Did the leaders feel loved?
How did they respond? Were they Stephen’s brothers? He calls them brothers
Acts 7:54 When they heard these things they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed at him with their teeth.
Did Paul love the Galatians?
Did he treat them and speak to them in loving ways?
Did they feel loved?
How did they respond? Were they Paul’s brothers?
Gal.4:16-20 – Have I become your enemy because I have told you the truth?
Real love is rare. People seldom know how to respond to real love.
Real love does not always make you feel loved.
Real love makes you a better person.
Real love can hurt.
Real love develops your character.
Real love tells the truth.
Real love risks your wrath.
Real love speaks the words of God
God offers real love.
God’s children offer real love.
God is love. That is His character. That should be your love also.
Honor those who love you with real love.
They are your real brothers and sisters.