The Ultimate Love Equation
Sermon Delivered by
Trennie L. Williams, Sr., PhDc.
Missionary Baptist Church
June 3, 2018
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Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us. By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother. (1 John 4:7-21)
Love, whether we admit to it or not, has an unending hold in our lives. From before birth to our dying days, Love has its way of intermingling with life. And though Love has a surmounting impact on you and me, Love tends to be the most challenging action we attempt to gain, maintain and remain on a consistent, daily basis.
Maybe the situation erupts from us trying to figure out Love. Do you remember ever trying to solve a mathematical equation that seemed almost impossible? You tried all types of facts and figures but could not get to the correct answer until someone shared the correct way to get the numbers in place. True Love has the same effect. Once we realize The Ultimate Equation for Love, our lives are elevated to better handle day-to-day situations. At its peak, we are able to love one another just as God loves us.
The Ultimate Love Equation.
Here is the Ultimate Love Equation: God + Jesus + new birth – hate + living through him + perfected in us + abiding in Him + Holy Spirit + seeing and testifying + Confessing + God abiding + confidence – fear + loving one another = Love. That sounds like a lot. A simpler way is:
1. Accepting Jesus and being a part of God’s family.
a. By accepting Jesus, you are saying that you believe that He is the Son of God.
b. When you accept Jesus, a new birth takes place in your life.
2. Serving and growing in Christ-likeness.
a. The Holy Spirit give all of God’s power to serve and grow in your Christ-likeness.
b. By living through Him, God (aka Love) is perfected in you.
3. Proclaiming Jesus is Lord.
a. Confidence is shown when you see and testify about the Lord’s awesome work in your life.
b. There is no greater love than sharing God, his Love, with others you come into contact with.
But concerning brotherly love [for all other Christians], you have no need to have anyone write you, for you yourselves have been [personally] taught by God to love one another. And indeed you already are [extending and displaying your love] to all the brethren throughout Macedonia. But we beseech and earnestly exhort you, brethren, that you excel [in this matter] more and more, To make it your ambition and definitely endeavor to live quietly and peacefully, to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we charged you, So that you may bear yourselves becomingly and be correct and honorable and command the respect of the outside world, being dependent on nobody [self-supporting] and having need of nothing. (1 Thessalonians 4:9-12)