The Church Characterized By Love

The Church Characterized By Love

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Sermon Series: To Save That Which Is Lost (Part 1 of 5)

Matthew 18:11-17

“It is mainly the deeds of a love so noble that lead many to put a brand upon us. See how they love one another, they say, for they themselves are animated by mutual hatred; how they are ready even to die for one another, they say, for they themselves will sooner put to death” (Tertullian, ‘The Apology’).

Imagine a church full of gift of tongues, prophecy, revelation, and knowledge; full of faith, where mighty works of power are manifest; which gives all its possessions to feed the poor; in which some have even been killed as martyrs. Yet, Jesus would write a big ZERO over all of it if it didn’t have love.

This Divine love keeps no record of wrongs and does not rejoice over others’ sin (I Corinthians 13:1-6). God cursed Ham because he rejoiced over his father’s failure, but blessed Shem and Japheth because they covered it up.

Love covers a multitude of sins, and is hospitable without complaint, serving according to the measure of the gift that God has given (I Peter 4:8-10).

Speaker: Santosh Poonen

\"\"Santosh Poonen is a disciple of Jesus. He and his wife Meghan have six children, and live in Loveland, Colorado, USA. Santosh is the son of Zac and Annie Poonen. He works in the IT industry and is an elder at RLCF.

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