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Love: The Real Deal (23 of 40)
Series: Emerge: Identity
Jesus Culture - Banning Liebscher
Ephesians 5:1-7

Do you have a camera on your cell phone? Most phones these days can take adequate, or even good pictures.

However, on the other end of the spectrum, we have museums of fine art. Some of what hangs on those walls takes weeks, months, or even longer to complete. So if you could snap a photo with your phone in just a few seconds, why would you pay more to view something that took hours to finish?

The difference is the quality of what you are viewing. In most cases, the pictures you take with your phone will never be in the same category as what you would find in a world-famous museum like the Louvre or the Smithsonian.

In Christ, believers have been supernaturally re-engineered to live from passionate, godly, eternal, true love. Like fine art, true love is one of those things you don't find just anywhere - it's very specific, and usually it costs you something. In a world where ten-second-false-love is available almost anywhere, it's vital that we know the difference between the imitation and the real thing!

Main Scripture: Ephesians 5:1-7

- Focus on verses 1-2 for imitating true love.
- Focus on verses 3-4 for putting away false love.
- Focus on verses 6-7 for power versus pretension.

EQUIP: Lasting Love

Read EPHESIANS 5:1-7 and then focus on the observations and teaching points provided.

Teaching Point 1: Love looks like devotion.

- Real love is expensive. It takes time and effort, patience and dedication. But the end result is worth it because the end result is God's image.
- We are called to imitate God's love for others (Eph. 5:1-2). At its core, love seeks to benefit and honor others just as Jesus did.

Imagine witnessing the most beautiful, dramatic sunset you've ever seen - would you rather snap a quick shot with your old camera phone or capture the sunset with a top-of-the-line digital camera that took you two years ...

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