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The environment in which human beings flourish is an environment of love. And the environment in which freedom flourishes is an environment of love.Because as I love other people and as I receive love, I become more of the person God intended me to be. I am free for God’s purpose.So what is love?

What is love?—Paul tells us first of all: Love is not selfishWe so often misuse the word “love” to cover our desire for self-indulgence. “I love you; let’s sleep together.” We really mean, “I lust you’ let’s sleep together.” “I love myself; let’s sleep together.” Love is not self-indulgent.Love is not a feelingThe Apostle Paul makes love very practical. He says:
Galatians 5:13You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
—Rich Nathan

The environment in which human beings flourish is an environment of love. 
And the environment in which freedom flourishes is an environment of love.
Because as I love other people and as I receive love, I become more of the person God intended me to be. 
I am free for God’s purpose.
So what is love?

What is love?—Paul tells us first of all: Love is not selfish
We so often misuse the word “love” to cover our desire for self-indulgence. 
“I love you; let’s sleep together.” We really mean, “I lust you’ let’s sleep together.” 
“I love myself; let’s sleep together.” Love is not self-indulgent.

Love is not a feeling
The Apostle Paul makes love very practical. 
He says:

Galatians 5:13
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another humbly in love.

—Rich Nathan

The terrible thing, the almost impossible thing, is to hand over your whole self – all your wishes and precautions – to Christ. But it is far easier than what we are trying to do instead. For what we are trying to do is to remain what we call “ourselves”, to keep personal happiness as our great aim in life, and yet at the same time to be “good”. We are all trying to let our mind and heart go their own way – centered on money or pleasure or ambition – and hoping, in spite of this, to behave honestly and chastely and humbly.And that is exactly what Christ warned us you could not do. As He said, “A thistle cannot produce figs.” If I am a field that contains nothing but grass seed, I cannot produce wheat. Cutting the grass may keep it short: but I shall still produce grass and no wheat. If I want to produce wheat, the change must go deeper than the surface. I must be ploughed up and re-sown.—C.S. Lewis

The terrible thing, the almost impossible thing, is to hand over your whole self – all your wishes and precautions – to Christ. 
But it is far easier than what we are trying to do instead. 
For what we are trying to do is to remain what we call “ourselves”, to keep personal happiness as our great aim in life, and yet at the same time to be “good”. 
We are all trying to let our mind and heart go their own way – centered on money or pleasure or ambition – and hoping, in spite of this, to behave honestly and chastely and humbly.
And that is exactly what Christ warned us you could not do. 
As He said, “A thistle cannot produce figs.” 
If I am a field that contains nothing but grass seed, I cannot produce wheat. 
Cutting the grass may keep it short: but I shall still produce grass and no wheat. 
If I want to produce wheat, the change must go deeper than the surface. 
I must be ploughed up and re-sown.

—C.S. Lewis

Psalm 143 Lord, hear my prayer!In your righteousness listen to my plea;answer me in your faithfulness!Don’t put me, your servant, on trial;no one is innocent in your sight.My enemies have hunted me downand completely defeated me.They have put me in a dark prison,and I am like those who died long ago.So I am ready to give up;I am in deep despair.I remember the days gone by;I think about all that you have done,I bring to mind all your deeds.I lift up my hands to you in prayer;like dry ground my soul is thirsty for you.Answer me now, Lord!I have lost all hope.Don’t hide yourself from me,or I will be among those who go down to the world of the dead.Remind me each morning of your constant love,for I put my trust in you.My prayers go up to you;show me the way I should go.I go to you for protection, Lord;rescue me from my enemies.You are my God;teach me to do your will.Be good to me, and guide me on a safe path.Rescue me, Lord, as you have promised;in your goodness save me from my troubles!Because of your love for me, kill my enemiesand destroy all my oppressors,for I am your servant.

Psalm 143 

Lord, hear my prayer!
In your righteousness listen to my plea;
answer me in your faithfulness!
Don’t put me, your servant, on trial;
no one is innocent in your sight.
My enemies have hunted me down
and completely defeated me.
They have put me in a dark prison,
and I am like those who died long ago.
So I am ready to give up;
I am in deep despair.
I remember the days gone by;
I think about all that you have done,
I bring to mind all your deeds.
I lift up my hands to you in prayer;
like dry ground my soul is thirsty for you.
Answer me now, Lord!
I have lost all hope.
Don’t hide yourself from me,
or I will be among those who go down to the world of the dead.
Remind me each morning of your constant love,
for I put my trust in you.
My prayers go up to you;
show me the way I should go.
I go to you for protection, Lord;
rescue me from my enemies.
You are my God;
teach me to do your will.
Be good to me, and guide me on a safe path.
Rescue me, Lord, as you have promised;
in your goodness save me from my troubles!
Because of your love for me, kill my enemies
and destroy all my oppressors,
for I am your servant.

Colossians 3 : 1 . 15Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all His glory.So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming.You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world. But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language.Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like Him. In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and He lives in all of us.Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in unity. And always be thankful.

Colossians 3 : 1 . 15

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 
Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. 
For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. 
And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all His glory.

So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. 
Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. 
Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. 
Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming.
You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world. 
But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language.
Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. 
Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like Him. 
In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. 
Christ is all that matters, and He lives in all of us.

Since God chose you to be the holy people He loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 
Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. 
Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 
And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. 
For as members of one body you are called to live in unity. 
And always be thankful.

When we sin and mess up our lives, we find that God doesn’t go off and leave us— He enters into our troubles and saves us.― Eugene H. PetersonPsalm 30I will exalt you, Lord, for you rescued me.You refused to let my enemies triumph over me.O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,and you restored my health.You brought me up from the grave, O Lord.You kept me from falling into the pit of death.Sing to the Lord, all you godly ones!Praise His holy name.For His anger lasts only a moment,but His favor lasts a lifetime!Weeping may last through the night,but joy comes with the morning.When I was prosperous, I said,“Nothing can stop me now!”Your favor, O Lord, made me as secure as a mountain.Then you turned away from me, and I was shattered.I cried out to you, O Lord.I begged the Lord for mercy, saying,“What will you gain if I die, if I sink into the grave?Can my dust praise you?Can it tell of your faithfulness?Hear me, Lord, and have mercy on me.Help me, O Lord.”You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me withjoy, that I might sing praises to you and not be silent.O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!

When we sin and mess up our lives, we find that God doesn’t go off and leave us— He enters into our troubles and saves us.

― Eugene H. Peterson

Psalm 30

I will exalt you, Lord, for you rescued me.
You refused to let my enemies triumph over me.
O Lord my God, I cried to you for help,
and you restored my health.
You brought me up from the grave, O Lord.
You kept me from falling into the pit of death.
Sing to the Lord, all you godly ones!
Praise His holy name.
For His anger lasts only a moment,
but His favor lasts a lifetime!
Weeping may last through the night,
but joy comes with the morning.
When I was prosperous, I said,
“Nothing can stop me now!”
Your favor, O Lord, made me as secure as a mountain.
Then you turned away from me, and I was shattered.
I cried out to you, O Lord.
I begged the Lord for mercy, saying,
“What will you gain if I die, if I sink into the grave?
Can my dust praise you?
Can it tell of your faithfulness?
Hear me, Lord, and have mercy on me.
Help me, O Lord.”
You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.
You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with
joy, that I might sing praises to you and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!



All You Need Is Love. Love Is All You Need.To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well—a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.-Tim Keller 1 John 4 : 7 . 16Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.God showed how much He loved us by sending His one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and His love is brought to full expression in us.And God has given us His Spirit as proof that we live in Him and He in us. Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent His Son to be the Savior of the world. All who declare that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God. We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in His love.God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.
All You Need Is Love. Love Is All You Need.

To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. 
To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. 
But to be fully known and truly loved is, well—a lot like being loved by God. 
It is what we need more than anything. 
It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.

-Tim Keller 

1 John 4 : 7 . 16

Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. 
Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. 
But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

God showed how much He loved us by sending His one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him. 
This is real love—not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.

Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. 
No one has ever seen God. 
But if we love each other, God lives in us, and His love is brought to full expression in us.

And God has given us His Spirit as proof that we live in Him and He in us. 
Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent His Son to be the Savior of the world. 
All who declare that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God. 
We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in His love.

God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.
Matthew 22 : 37 . 40Jesus said:"You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important—‘Love your neighbor as yourself. The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

Matthew 22 : 37 . 40

Jesus said:

"You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.
This is the first and greatest commandment. 
A second is equally important—‘Love your neighbor as yourself. 
The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

Nothing Can Separate Us from God’s Love. Nothing.God’s love and forgiveness can pardon and restore any and every kind of sin or wrongdoing. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done. It doesn’t matter if you’ve deliberately oppressed or even murdered people, or how much you’ve abused yourself…There is no evil that the Father’s love cannot pardon and cover, there is no sin that is a match for His grace.–Tim KellerRomans 8 : 31 . 39What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since He did not spare even His own Son but gave Him up for us all, won’t He also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for His own? No one—for God Himself has given us right standing with Himself. Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and He is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean He no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loves us.And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Nothing Can Separate Us from God’s Love. Nothing.

God’s love and forgiveness can pardon and restore any and every kind of sin or wrongdoing. 
It doesn’t matter who you are or what you’ve done. 
It doesn’t matter if you’ve deliberately oppressed or even murdered people, or how much you’ve abused yourself…

There is no evil that the Father’s love cannot pardon and cover, there is no sin that is a match for His grace.

–Tim Keller

Romans 8 : 31 . 39

What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? 
If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 
Since He did not spare even His own Son but gave Him up for us all, won’t He also give us everything else? 

Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for His own? 
No one—for God Himself has given us right standing with Himself. 

Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and He is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.

Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? 
Does it mean He no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 
As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”
No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loves us.

And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. 
Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 
No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The Christian community is both a sign and a promise of God’s coming liberation. We are the presence of God’s liberating kingdom in a broken world. We are the place where love & liberation can be found, offering a home for exiled people. We are to welcome the broken people to a community of broken people. We are the community among whom liberation is a present reality – the jubilee people who live with new economic and social relationships. We are the light of the world, a city on a hill. The challenge for us is to articulate Jesus’ message of love & liberation in a way that connects with people’s experience and offers a place of liberation in the Christian community.- Tim Chester

The Christian community is both a sign and a promise of God’s coming liberation. 
We are the presence of God’s liberating kingdom in a broken world. We are the place where love & liberation can be found, offering a home for exiled people. 
We are to welcome the broken people to a community of broken people. 
We are the community among whom liberation is a present reality – the jubilee people who live with new economic and social relationships. 
We are the light of the world, a city on a hill. 
The challenge for us is to articulate Jesus’ message of love & liberation in a way that connects with people’s experience and offers a place of liberation in the Christian community.

- Tim Chester

Galatians 2 : 20My old self has been crucified with Christ.It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God—who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Galatians 2 : 20

My old self has been crucified with Christ.
It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. 
So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God—who loved me and gave Himself for me.