Jesus loves people from the heart

Here goes a conversation most of us already knew the answer

Matthew 22:36-40

36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”

37 And Jesus said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.

38 This is the great and first commandment.

39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

We know this is easier said than done!

We know the commitment and sacrifice to love God.

With regards to loving our neighbor we know sometime situation can get very troublesome … especially neighbors who are inconsiderate, careless and irresponsible, people who we have no relation with, people whom we have no obligation to  …

 

Troublesome in Japanese めんどくさい (mendokusai)

 

If we use our head and think about it, chances are we won’t want to do it

So how Jesus did loved us?

From the heart!

Did Jesus know people would reject him?

Yes

But Jesus remains faithful

 

Our heart is where our will power is

 

Jesus was firm in His will to go to the cross to redeem us from sin and death

The love of Christ from His heart brings hope, peace and reconciliation to our broken world.

 

It starts with our heart … not with our head.

Our mind can teaches us to be careful … but to love God and love people; we need to start from our heart.

 

When we look at the ministry of Jesus, we feel the heart of God

Jesus called us to repentance because he cared

Received us into fellowship with purpose and intention that we will live a new life

Likewise we are called to love others from our hearts

It starts with our willingness to express the love of God

We are moved by compassion and kindness of Jesus to show care and concern and to encourage one another

 

Philippians 2:1-2 – So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.

 

Jesus loved us from His heart

 

Psalm 136:1 – Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.

 

In-His-Service

David Z

Jesus provide moral support for those who need it and want it

Philippians 2:1-2 – So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.

 

Good people leaves church due to lack of moral support

Sincere people leaves church due to lack of communication and appreciation

Faithful volunteers do walk away from church due to lack of encouragement

 

No moral support is a subtle destructive force

 

But in the days of the Gospel, people were running towards Jesus for practical reasons

 

Matthew 9:36 – When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

 

Jesus provided moral support for those who need it and want it

Jesus provided rest for those who need it and want it

People saw the sincerity and commitment of Jesus and were running towards Him.

People were receiving timely moral support from Jesus

Especially when people go through difficult life situation, lack of moral support from within and community leadership can do more harm to ministry teamwork more than outside challenges

Leadership’s sincerity and commitment will be called into question.

Japanese culture has the tendency to constitute isolationism, normalized lack of communication, promote attitude of indifference and indirectness for the sake of excessive formalities, manners and politeness. But all these have given rise to stress, depression, suicides, hikikomori ひきこもり or 引き籠り, and Karōshi (過労死)

Relationship, interaction and pro-active communication are to be the heart and soul of the church and Christian communities

 

1 Thessalonians 5:11 -Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.

 

We need to focus on Christ centered fellowship, but silence and lack of pro-active timely communication is not healthy for any church!

 

Colossians 3:16 – Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

 

Let’s go to Jesus

Let’s seek Jesus with our whole heart

Jesus never fails!

Let the words of Jesus be in our hearts and mind

Let’s us hang on to the promises of God for good

 

In-His-Service

David Z