Don’t Allow The Motivation Of Love To Be Lost In You
Outline By: Brian A. Yeager (http://www.wordsoftruth.net)
A. Our Lord was/is motivated by love (Romans 5:8 and I Timothy 1:12-16).
1. Don’t forget what the Lord has done for us (Ecclesiastes 12:1 and Titus 3:4).
2. Don’t forget what He does do for us (Acts 14:17 and Acts 20:32).
3. Don’t forget what He will do for us (I Peter 1:3-9).
B. We are supposed to be a people of love (Ephesians 3:17-19).
1. We’re to love our Lord (Mark 12:30).
2. We’re to love our brethren (I John 4:20-21).
3. We’re to love the truth (II Thessalonians 2:10).
4. We’re to love others (Galatians 5:14).
II. Body: Love is our identity with our Lord (I John 4:8), therefore…
A. Teaching, without love, is useless (I Corinthians 13:1).
1. Teaching requires us to be longsuffering (II Timothy 4:2) and love enables us to be longsuffering (I Corinthians 13:4).
a. Teaching can be frustrating, but love keeps us from becoming bitter toward others (Colossians 3:19).
b. Teaching is often “unrewarding” by men (II Corinthians 12:14-15).
c. It takes the kind of love a parent has for his/her children to be effective teachers (I Thessalonians 2:1-13).
i. How much “stupid” did Jesus have to deal with (Matthew 14:22-31, Matthew 16:21-23, Matthew 26:56, Mark 8:14-21, Mark 9:14-29, etc.)?
ii. Yet, He continued because of love (John 13:1).
2. While false teachers pervert the application of speaking the truth in love, we cannot ignore this truth (Ephesians 4:15).
B. Faith and knowledge, without love, is useless (I Corinthians 13:2).
1. True faith and love are inseparable (I Corinthians 13:13 and Galatians 5:6).
2. Knowledge is necessary (Proverbs 19:2), but it has to be coupled with love (I Corinthians 8:1 and Colossians 2:2).
C. Helping others, without love, is useless (I Corinthians 13:3).
1. Our good works [labor] is to be motivated by love (Hebrews 6:10).
2. Helping others, in the right manner, is a work of love (II Corinthians 8:4-24).
D. Defending the faith, without love, is useless (Revelation 2:1-7).
1. Yes, we’re to be defenders of the truth (Jude 3-4).
a. The word of God is called the “sword of the Spirit” (Ephesians 6:17).
b. That sword has to be used to defend truth, but not to destroy the souls of men (Luke 9:51-56).
i. Sometimes foundations need destroyed so that truth can be built up (Jeremiah 1:10).
ii. We shouldn’t find joy in the process of correcting the erring (II Corinthians 2:1-4 and II Corinthians 7:8-9).
2. Some people fall into the trap of opposing error strongly, but forgetting why they’re doing so (Psalms 97:10, Psalms 119:113, and Amos 5:15).
3. Consider the command to mark and withdraw (II Thessalonians 3:6)…
a. Such should be done to save souls (II Thessalonians 3:14-15).
b. Such should be done to protect others (Romans 16:17-18).
c. Yet, such should be something we HATE doing (cf. Philippians 3:18-19).
E. Obedience, without love, won’t happen (John 14:23).
1. When things are spiritually upside down for us, get back to falling in love with the Lord (Joshua 23:11).
2. We have to remember His love for us (I John 4:19 and Revelation 1:5).
III. Conclusion: Let’s keep our motivation of love (I Thessalonians 1:2-3) rather than hearing that we have not the love of God in us (John 5:42).
© 2011 This material may not be used for sale or other means to have financial gain. Use this as a tool for your own studies if such is helpful! Preachers are welcome to this work, but please do not use my work so that you can be lazy and not do your own studies. – Brian A. Yeager