L.I.F.E. #1—WHAT MAKES A GOOD LIFE?

January 7, 2024   /   Pastor Joel Boone   /   Big Valley Grace Community Church

WHAT MAKES A GOOD L.I.F.E.?

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again.  John 10:10-11,17 ESV

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A good L.I.F.E. is to be Loved by God!

Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:8 ESV

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How does the Bible describe love?

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation Colossians 1:15 ESV

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How do we see Jesus love?

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  1 Corinthians 13:1 ESV

Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him…  Mark 10:21 ESV

And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  1 Corinthians 13:2 ESV

Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus… 41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe that you sent me.” 43 When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.”  John 11:5,41-43 ESV

If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.  1 Corinthians 13:3 ESV

And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.  Ephesians 5:2 ESV

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Love is patient and kind; 1 Corinthians 13:4 ESV

But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.  1 Timothy 1:16 ESV

Love does not envy…  1 Corinthians 13:4 ESV

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.  2 Corinthians 8:9 ESV

Love does not… boast; it is not arrogant  1 Corinthians 13:4 ESV

Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing. It is my Father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God.’”  John 8:54 ESV

[Love is not] rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;  1 Corinthians 13:5 ESV

So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel.”  John 5:19-20 ESV

[Love] does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.  1 Corinthians 13:6 ESV

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”  John 14:6 ESV

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  1 Corinthians 13:7 ESV

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.  Hebrews 12:1-2 ESV

Love never ends.  1 Corinthians 13:8 ESV

As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. John 15:9 ESV

As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.  1 Corinthians 13:8-13 ESV

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but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.  Romans 5:8-11 ESV

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.  1 John 4:10 ESV

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