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Honoring and Loving Jesus (4 of 5)
Series: A Life That Honors God
Pastor Frank Damazio
Introduction: The person who seeks to live an honorable life must or certainly seek to serve and love the Lord Jesus Christ. To honor Jesus is to love Jesus. When Jesus is present, everything is well and nothing seems difficult, but when Jesus is absent, everything is hard. When Jesus does not speak inwardly to us, all other comfort is valueless. But if Jesus speaks just one word, we feel great comfort. How dry, empty and hard we are without Jesus. How foolish and arrogant if we desire to honor anything above our honor for Jesus.
I. JESUS DEFINED
A. Scriptures and quotes
1. Isa. 9:6 For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
2. Matt. 22:37 Jesus said to Him, "'You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.'"
3. John 21:15 "…Jesus said to Simon Peter, 'Simon, do you love me?'"
4. "I have one passion, it is He, Jesus, and He alone." -Count von Zinzendorf
B. Loving Jesus Above All Things : Blessed are those who understand what it is to love Jesus and to despise themselves for His sake. All your other loves must be as nothing compared to your love for Jesus, for He and the Father desire to be loved above all things. The love of created beings is deceitful and fickle, but Jesus' love is faithful and permanent. The person who clings to others will fall with those who are frail, but the person who holds fast to Jesus will stand firmly forever. Love Jesus and keep Him for your friend, for when all others go away He will not forsake you or allow you to perish in the end. You must someday be separated from everything whether you want to be or not.
Keep close to Jesus in life and in death and commit yourself into His trust, for He alone can help you when all others f ...
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