The Insanity of God's Love (2 of 3) by Kerry Shook

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The Insanity of God’s Love (2 of 3)
Series: Blindsided by an Unpredictable God
Pastor Kerry Shook

- Unrealistic Expectations

- Unmet Needs

- Harmful Words

- Bitter Feelings

- Total Apathy

‘‘God showed how much He loved us by sending His only Son into this wicked world to bring to us eternal life through His death. In this act we see what real love is: it is not our love for God but His love for us when He sent His Son to satisfy God’s anger against our sins. Dear friends, since God loved us as much as that, we surely ought to love each other too.’’ 1 John 4:9-11 (TLB)

1. LOVE RISKS TOTAL COMMITMENT
‘‘Then he said, ‘Take the arrows,’ and the king took them. Elisha told him, ‘Strike the ground.’ He struck it three times and stopped. The man of God was angry with him and said, ‘You should have struck the ground five or six times; then you would have defeated Aram and completely destroyed it. But now you will defeat it only three times.’’’ 2 Kings 13:18-19 (NIV)

2. LOVE RISKS BEING AWKWARD

‘‘The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us.’’ John 1:14a (NIV)

- The awkwardness of asking

‘‘A blind beggar named Bartimaeus was sitting beside the road... ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ Jesus asked.’’ Mark 10:46; 51 (NLT)

- The awkwardness of expressing

‘‘Jesus wept.’’ John 11:35 (KJV)\

3. LOVE RISKS LETTING GO

- Let go of selfishness

‘‘Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: ... He humbled Himself and became obedient to death-- even death on a cross!’’
Phil. 2: 5; 8 (NIV)

- Let go of bitterness

‘‘Jesus said, ‘‘Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.’’
Luke 23:34a (NLT)

4. LOVE RISKS COMPLETE REJECTION

‘‘But God put His love on the line for us by offering His Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to Him.’’ Rom.5:8 (MSG)

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