Sunday, August 22, 2010

All I Have Is Christ!

I once was lost in darkest night
Yet thought I knew the way
The sin that promised joy and life
Had led me to the grave
I had no hope that You would own
A rebel to Your will
And if You had not loved me first
I would refuse You still
But as I ran my hell-bound race
Indifferent to the cost
You looked upon my helpless state
And led me to the cross
And I beheld God’s love displayed
You suffered in my place
You bore the wrath reserved for me
Now all I know is grace

Hallelujah! All I have is Christ
Hallelujah! Jesus is my life

Now, Lord, I would be Yours alone
And live so all might see
The strength to follow Your commands
Could never come from me
Oh Father, use my ransomed life
In any way You choose
And let my song forever be
My only boast is You

Sovereign Grace Music

Monday, August 2, 2010

Sacrificial Love Proves Genuine Faith

How are you doing in the area of genuinely loving others? Is it a chore or do you strive to love as Christ loved? Agape love is the love that gives. It is completely unselfish.

John MacArthur says in Strength For Today:

This is the highest form of love, which all the other virtues in 2 Peter 1 ultimately lead to. It seeks another's good, no matter what the cost. Agape was exemplified perfectly by Jesus' sacrifice on our behalf. But what does this highest type of love look like? A brief survey of the *one anothers* in the New testament gives an excellent picture. We are commanded to:

Edify one another (Rom 14:19)
Serve one another (Gal 5:13)
Bear one another's burdens (Gal 6:2)
Submit to one another (Eph 5:21)
Forgive ano another (Col 3:13)
Instruct one another (Col 3:16)
Comfort one another (1 Thess 4:18)
Rebuke one another (Titus 1:13)
Encourage one another to do good (Heb 10:24-25)
Confess sins to one another (James 5:16)
Pray for one another (James 5:16)
Be hospitable to one another (1 Peter 4:9-10)

Dr. MacArthur goes on to say:

The Lord Jesus Christ was involved with individuals. He was a true friend who caringly, lovingly, and sensitively interacted with feeble, needy, and unimportant people and made them eternally important. Nevertheless we still find people spiritualizing love into a meaningless term. "I love so-and-so in the Lord" really means, "She irks me, but I guess I have to love her if she is a believer." Don't let yourself say that.

Instead, display genuine love.