Pastor Rick Mora

Mora in the Word

We Can’t Give What We Don’t Have

We can’t give what we don’t have?

“Actions speak louder than words.”

Imagine the night before Jesus’ crucifixion. He has communion with His disciples and washes their feet. He reveals that Judas is the one who will betray Him. He tells the disciples that He is leaving and they can’t come.

Then, He speaks these words:

 

John 13:34-35

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.  (35) By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

His final words to the disciples had to be very important.

Notice what He said to them was in the form of a command, not a suggestion.

John 13:  A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another;

Why is it so hard for us today to love other people?

Could it be this simple like the title says, we can’t give what we don’t have?

We must understand that God does not love us because we are lovely.

He does not love us because we read the Bible, go to church, pay our tithes, or do our best.

The truth is that God loves us without conditions.

Romans 5:8

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

God’s love has never been or ever will be conditional.

He loved you at your worst, and most churches or Believer’s would agree with that.

They believe you are saved by grace through faith, no matter your history, but that is often where grace stops and religion starts.

Religion always puts the emphasis on the external. (Performance)

Once you’re saved, religion says you must live holy, and the evidence of your holiness will likely be judged by the standards of your church, your denomination:

Do you dress the right way, do you say the right things, are you leading people to Jesus, and most important, are you tithing ETC.

That is not how God sees us.

God looks on the heart.

Do you have the appearance of holines?

1Samuel 16:6-7

Samuel was going to choose Eliab to replace King Saul because of the outward appearances.

But God was not looking on the outside.

The church today is judging believers in the same way.

You might carouse/Sin in secret on Saturday night, but as long as you come to church the next morning well kempt and well dressed with a check in your hand, you’re accepted because you have the appearance of holiness.

When you, understand how much God loves you, it becomes easy to love others.

When you love others as He has loved you, your behavior will change toward them. If you would loved your mate the way that Christ loves you unconditionally, you would never commit adultery or sin against your Neighbor.

If you loved your neighbor as Christ loves you, you would never steal from them or bear false witness against them.

How does the world know that we are Disciples of Christ?

John 13:35 says

A Pharisee who was a lawyer asked Jesus this question:

“Which is the great commandment in the law?”

Jesus answered this in Matthew 22:37-40

The Pharisees wanted Jesus to name the most important “Thou shalt not”

Instead, Jesus spoke “Thou shalt.”

Many believers are still living under the Old Testament Law mentality.

They are trying to earn the love of a God who already made the decision to love them unconditionally.

Once you begin to understand how much God loves you, love will flow out of you toward others like rivers of living water.

John 7:38

“Actions speak louder than words.”

Jude 1:21

Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.

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