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John 15:9-17 “Friends First” RSUMC 20150510 Youth Sun Mothers Day

JesusAsFriendAs the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete. “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another. [NRSV]

You are my friends. Jesus has given his life for his friends, “that’s what friends do.”

Social Media: Examine the name, the communication and promotion of our social lives. It is a commercial website. It’s purpose is to make money and to be the popularity of discussion. It would be much more helpful and accurate if the ‘friends’ on Facebook were known as “connections” or “links.” Friendship is so much more than selecting a button to indicate we are, or are not, friends. And, yet, people allow this to determine their social success and identity based on the people who have clicked a virtual button that says, “we are now FRIENDS.”

Jesus is defining friendship ask someone who shows unconditional love. Jesus loved us as friend long before we click the words, “I accept you.” “I believe in your.” Or “I want to be your friend.” Jesus’s love for us has been shown to us before we were born, through his taking our place on the cross for our brokenness and sin.

He didn’t say, “Love me first and then I will love you back.” “‘Like’ my photo and I will be your friend.” That is conditional world of social media. It is contractual and requires no love, minimal trust and relatively no commitment. Now don’t get be wrong I enjoy a fully video, a beautiful photo, or sharing an meaningful moment through social media, but it is not the measure of our friendship.

It’s a fun tool to be connected with friends, but the basis of the relationship is best not be based on the terms of FB, for as your know they change ever six months, if not sooner.

The commandment is for us to LOVE like we are loved. Friend as Jesus has friend-ed us First.

As Jesus’ friends we are Chosen and Appointed

  • To Bear Fruit in my name
  • “I want to see some love’n.”
  • Mother’s Day: For the 90 person of mothers who love unconditionally

Love God, by..

  • Loving your family
  • Love your enemy
  • Love your neighbors
  • Love the stranger/foreigner
  • Start by being friends: Start the relationship first…

It Ain’t Easy to Love

  • Christ’s friends make the first move. Show grace and forgiveness first.
  • Loving is not always easy, simply or pretty.
  • Go First, Lead by example
  • Open the door
  • Start the conversation
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Galatians 5:1, 13-25 Love your Neighbor JUMC 20130630

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1 For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. 13 For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters; only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for self-indulgence, but through love become slaves to one another. 14 For the whole law is summed up in a single commandment, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 If, however, you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another. 16 Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, 21 envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 By contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things.24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit. [NRSV]

We have heard it for our entire life, and again through Vacation Bible School this year, yet again. Love your neighbor as you love yourself.

There is a purpose and reason to why we are to be so neighborly.

It is the very reason Christ died and was raised into life,

Caring for someone the way we want to be loved, trusted, respected, and love…  describes the character and nature of the relationship Christ died and lives to provide.

Verse 19 describes how neighbors might treat and related to one another, but this is not what Christ calls nor is it how we want to be treated.

The skinny is to just do it, be a neighbor wherever Christ sends us.

 

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