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Lifted-Discovering the Art of Worship: Loving Better
July 28, 2019

Lifted-Discovering the Art of Worship: Loving Better

This week in our sermon series, Lifted-Discovering the Art to Worship, we take on a subject which impacts everyone’s life. In the sermon, Loving Better, we begin to understand how to “incarnate Christ’s love for the world.” This is a difficult topic because the love of Christ for the world is unconditional, undeserved, and it is sacrificial. How do we increase our emotional capacity to have a greater love for others? This is an age-old question and we see the failure of human love on a daily basis. How can this change? Our scripture is Colossians 3:8-17. The Apostle Paul acknowledges the brokenness of human love and urges the Colossians and us to choose a different path for living. We can increase our ability to love others but we must make different choices. These words confront us with a clear picture of the selfish human spirit, but also they reassure us that help is available to share greater love! As you read these words may the Holy Spirit lift you and encourage your heart! Colossians 3:8-17: But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. 12 Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (NIV)

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