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Connecting to a Higher Love: Choices
February 3, 2019

Connecting to a Higher Love: Choices

Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: Connecting to a Higher Love | During the month of February it may be cold outside, but our new sermon series, Connecting to a Higher Love, is intended to share with us the warmth of God’s love. The most common experience of love in our society is “conditional” love. It is based upon our ability to please, or “measure up” to the standards of those around us. This type of love leaves us feeling exhausted and alone. God’s higher love is very different because God’s love is not conditional but unconditional. It does not require that we “measure up“, instead it is God’s choice to love us. Every day we make choices about how we will love others. In the sermon, Choices, we go to John 3:14-21. For us to make better choices in loving others we must experience God’s love for us. It is an important choice which alters how we feel loved and love others. As you read John 3:14-21 where does God encourage you to step into the light of the unconditional love that shines in Jesus Christ? John 3:14-21 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. (NIV)

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