Colossians 3:14 / Love

Posted on August 30, 2015

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This is the sixteenth in a verse by verse exposition of the book of Colossians. This message was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on the evening of August 30, 2015. This message deals primarily with the issue of Christ-like love. This post contains an audio recording of the sermon, as well as my sermon notes (sermon notes are not necessarily a complete transcript).
SERMON AUDIO:

Col 3:14

SERMON NOTES:

Most importantly, Put on love. Love will lead to all of the other attributes we’ve already talked about. 

Our culture packages love in jewelry commercials, flower bouquets, and boxes of candy. Celebrities pair up and break up so regularly that weekly magazines and gossip websites thrive on the intrigue. Contemporary romantic comedies promote an “if-it-feels-good-it-must-be-love” mentality that leaves many moviegoers feeling empty—especially when their real life simply can’t compete. Our culture has largely made us feel dead to love. In short, we’ve been conned.

  • Love is not the momentary glow of a fresh relationship. 
  • Love is not the reuniting of two characters in some sappy movie.

Real love is explained in the Bible. Real love is selfless, sacrificial, and unconditional. What better way to understand love, than to look at Jesus Christ, the essence and creator of love.
Jesus taught His disciples about love.

  • John 15:13
  • 1 John 3:16

In our self-indulgent world, a love so sacrificial and selfless may sound like some impossible ideal, but it’s not. It really happened, and it happened for us. No Strings Attached

Personal experience may have taught you that love comes conditionally. If you mess up, it’s gone. If you don’t pay the cost, it disappears. But that’s not real love. The Bible tells us what real love is.

  • 1 Corinthians 13:4–7

There is someone who loves like that. He gave up more riches than you could imagine to come on a rescue mission. Although He didn’t deserve it, He was betrayed, tortured, and beaten to fulfill that mission. He died by one of the most painful forms of execution that humans have ever invented. He loved us and “gave His life a ransom for all”.

  • 1 Timothy 2:6

Our Rescuer—Jesus—died out of love. He lived entirely without sin, yet He walked up a hill in Israel 2,000 years ago and sacrificed His life to save sinners from God’s wrath. He took the punishment we deserve for our sin.

  • Romans 5:9

He didn’t put stipulations on His love, like waiting for us to clean up our act first.

  • Romans 5:8

He didn’t die for only the “best” of mankind.

  • 1 Corinthians 1:26

He died for all, even the worst of the worst, because He loves us and wanted to save us. Three days later, Jesus rose to life just as He pr0phesied, proving He is the Son of God.

  • Matthew 12:40
  • Revelation 1:18

He proved that He can indeed give us new life.
The Bible tells us God is love.

  • 1 John 4:8

And it beautifully summarizes what He did:

  • John 3:16

Love certainly is the bond of perfection. 

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