"Therefore, if you have any encouragement in Christ, if any COMFORT FROM HIS LOVE..."
Christ's love comforts us.
His love relaxes us, puts us at peace.
His comforting love sets us free.
It sets us free from fearing judgment.
It sets us free from wondering if our sins are forgiven.
It sets us free from worrying if we can lose our salvation.
It is comforting to know that we are loved unconditionally by Jesus.
It is comforting to know that in his great love for us, he laid down his life to pay the death penalty for our sins.
When we wake up in the morning, we get ready for the day.
We put on our clothes for the day.
Wherever we go, our clothes go too! Just as we put on our clothes for the day, we are to clothe ourselves in love and put on love.
When we clothe ourselves in love, we are dressing ourselves in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, and forgiveness.
Colossians 3:12-14 tells us:
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, CLOTHE YOURSELVES with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
"And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving[Greek word for forgiving, Charis, meaning to have grace upon each other]each other, just as in Christ God forgave[Greek word for forgave, Charis, meaning God has graced us with love, compassion, forgiveness, and kindness]you."
Don't grieve the Holy Spirit.
God’s love for us is great!
Ephesians 2:4-5 reveals God’s great love for each of us:
“But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ, even when we were dead in our trespasses. It is by grace you have been saved!”
Let’s look at the context of this verse so we can discover the depths of God’s great love.
Ephesians 2:1-3 says,
“As for you, you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you used to walk when you conformed to the ways of this world and of the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit who is now at work in the sons of disobedience.
"Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he has understanding, and knows me, that I am the LORD who exercises loving kindness, justice, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight," says the LORD.(Jeremiah 9:23-24).
God delights in exercising or demonstrating loving kindness on the earth.
His heart is for his loving kindness to flow all over the earth.
Joseph was verbally and physically attacked by his brothers.
They treated him without value, selling him as a slave to slave traders.
The slave traders sold him to Potiphar, the captain of the Egyptian Palace Guard.
Potiphar’s wife took notice of Joseph, desiring a sexual encounter with him.
But Joseph refused.
Why did Joseph refuse to have a sexual encounter with Potiphar’s wife?
The reason for Joseph’s refusal is summed up in these words:
“How could I do this sinful evil against God?
We will live controlled by the labels we wear. The labels we wear will control our thoughts, emotions, desires, attitudes, and decisions.
We label ourselves according to our problems, addictions, sickness, race, hurts, past, social status, gender, political party, denomination, and the list goes on and on and on. How we label ourselves completely controls our lives.
How did Jesus label himself?
Jesus labled himself as loved one of the Father. The Father's Beloved.
Therefore, he lived a life of love.
The Prophet Isaiah looked forward to a time when the Messiah would come, empowered by the Spirit, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor. What is the year of the Lord’s favor (Isaiah 61:2)?
Grace would flow from the lips of the Messiah.
What did the Prophet Isaiah say would be the impact when the proclamation of grace by the Messiah went out among the people? One of the impacts of grace, among many others, was freedom for those held captive! In Luke 4:16-19, the Messiah, Jesus, came into a Jewish synagogue and read from Isaiah 61:1-2.
Most of us have heard the jingle, “Rain rain go away, come again another day”. And most of us have had these words playing in our minds in some form, “Shame shame go away, don’t ever come back, not any day.” Yet our shame keeps coming back, day after day after day.
Shame is the self-disgust, self-hatred, and self-condemnation we feel toward ourselves for something we have done that we wish we would have never done. In regret, we say demeaning words to ourselves such as,
“I am so dumb.”
“I am so stupid.
To understand the Spirit-filled life, we must have a proper understanding of law and grace. In the previous chapter, we discovered we are no longer under law, but under grace. This means we no longer relate to God as judge, living in fear of his condemnation and judgment. We now relate to God as our Father, assured of his love, acceptance, and forgiveness. This is the story of the Spirit-filled life.
God Sent The Spirit of Jesus To Live In Us
Galatians 4:4-7 says, “But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.