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Sunday, April 19, 2020

The Blast Radius (PM)

Who is in the blast radius of your stunning love and kindness? Who do you lavish your attention on? Who do you choose to be around? Who is it that you want to love and to be loved by?
The Blast Radius of Your Stunning Love & Kindness
Matthew 25:40

Who is in the blast radius of your stunning love and kindness? Who do you lavish your attention on? Who do you choose to be around? Who is it that you want to love and to be loved by? We all have a circle of influence, a "blast zone" for our generosity and love. So who's in and who is out? And who gets to decide who's in and who's out? Let's ask some important questions this morning and listen to the answers Jesus offers!

Blast Zone 1: Family
 
A. Families are God's idea. His plan is for families to love one another, to learn to love people who are different from us! - 1 Timothy 5:8, this is the start, but not the end.
 
B. We each need specific things from our family, if these things aren't being given to us from our family, we'll search for them elsewhere, it's sad and scary what people will do when their basic needs aren't being met.
 
1. Acceptance - Romans 15:5-7
2. Approval - Matthew 3:16-17
- approve/love person NOT their sin
3. Appreciation - Romans 12:10
4. Attention - Ephesians 5:1-2
5. Affection - 1 Peter 4:7-8
 
C. ILLUSTRATION: Nitroglycerin - James 1:19-20
D. Families must create atmosphere of extravagant love - 1 John 3:16-17
E. This is only possible if we each strive to be like Jesus! - Philippians 2:1-8, (submit)
F. ILLUSTRATION: Jill Briscoe quote

Blast Zone 2: Everyone, Always
 
A. Our families are training us for a bigger assignment! - Matthew 5:43-48
B. This is the most important identification of a Christian - John 13:34-35
1. Who is in the blast radius of your stunning love and kindness? Everyone, Always!
2. Who will you lavish your attention on? Everyone, Always!
3. Who will you choose to be around? Everyone, Always!
4. Who is it that you want to love and to be loved by? Everyone, Always!

Conclusion:
 
You & I have the opportunity to love others because we've been loved by Jesus! Let's make a HUGE blast of love felt in our homes, our neighborhoods, or community and the world!

 

 
   
 
 
   
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