When Love Languishes

February 2, 2014

Topic: Sermon Passage: Revelation 2:1–2:7

Rev. 2:1-7

Do we love each other as much AS WE SHOULD?
Do we love each other as much as WE ONCE DID?
HOW can we KNOW? Here’s some thoughts. We don’t LOVE EACH OTHER as we ONCE DID:

When we make our FRIENDS our ENEMIES: Eph. 2:19-21 – the “structure” of the church FALLS APART whenever we are not “joined together” in mutual LOVE & RESPECT.

When we let our LIST grow LONG (our list of GRIEVANCES, due to an unwillingness to FORGIVE).
1 Cor. 13:5, NIV: love “keeps no record of wrongs.”
“I distinctly remember forgetting about it.”

When we let our SKIN get THIN (hypersensitivity).
Prov. 18:19: “A brother offended is more unyielding than a strong city, and quarreling is like the bars of a castle.”
1 Cor. 13:5 (NASB) says that love “is not provoked.”

When we let our TONGUE get SHARP: James 3:6-10; 1:26.

When we let our KNEES get SMOOTH: James 5:16.
Luke 6:28: “bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.” It’s hard to STAY ANGRY with someone that you’re PRAYING FOR.
Col. 1:9: “we have not ceased to pray for you.”
1 Thess. 5:17: “pray without ceasing.”

When we let our CLAN become a CLIQUE.
1 Cor. 1:10: “I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment.”

When we let our HANDS get DIRTY: 1 John 1:8-9.

When we let our HEARTS grow HARD.
Heb. 3:13: “exhort one another every day, as long as it is called ‘today,’ that none of you may be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.”

When we let our WORSHIP become SHALLOW: 1 Cor. 11:17-20.
There may be a RELUCTANCE or REFUSAL to engage in serious SELF-EXAMINATION, because that might lead to SHAME & REPENTANCE.
Heb. 12:28b: “Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe.”

When we let the SPIRIT be QUENCHED (or grieved).
1 Thess. 5:19: “Do not quench the Spirit.”
Eph. 4:30: “And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”


REMEMBER: v.5a – remember how you ONCE LOVED.

REPENT: v.5b – of how it HAS BECOME.

RETURN: v.5c – to how it SHOULD BE – then:
He will RESTORE;
We will see REVIVAL.

1 Cor. 11:20 - will we be EATING the LORD’S SUPPER this morning?
YES – if we LOVE the LORD, & if we love ONE ANOTHER;
NO – if we DO NOT.
WHICH will it be?


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