Beauty & The Beast Part 3

May 22, 2017 in featured, Sermon Notes, Video


Beauty & The Beast Part 3

Matthew 5:38-45 38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ 39 But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. 40 And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. 41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.


Jesus teaches us to NOT fight fire with fire.


43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.


We are to be INTENTIONAL to treat all people, even our enemies with love.


46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.


Being “perfect” like God is to live a life of LOVE, being under the LAW of love.


Mark 12:30-31 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’There is no commandment greater than these.”


The single law that governs the kingdom of God is: Love GOD and love PEOPLE.


1 Corinthians 13:1-8 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.


3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.


5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.


In loving the unlovely there is potential to change a LIFE; even turn an enemy into a friend, a sinner into a saint, and a beast into a prince.


By your choice to love or hate you choose to be a life TAKER or a life GIVER.


(Ref. Mark 12:30-31; 1Corinthians 13:1-8; 16:14; Romans 12:9; 13:8-10; 1John 3:11-15, 18; 4:7-8, 18-19; Galatians 5:6, 13-14, 22-23; Ephesians 4:15-16; 5:1-2; Philippians 1:9-10; Colossians 3:12-14; Proverbs 10:12; 16:16; 21:21; 1Timothy 1:5; 4:12; Titus 2:2; Hebrews 10:23-25; James 2:8; 1Peter 4:8)