Love is Best of All. Eastridge Community Church, Covington Campus, Covington, Georgia

Love is Best of All. Eastridge Community Church, Covington Campus, Covington, Georgia
Pastor Scott Moore
Love is Best of All is exactly and precisely what I have been trying to convey to several church members and pastoral staff for years now. Today’s sermon sums it up on love being best of all and how you may help another soul unexpectedly in their life without regard to return or favor.
Veterans day.
Best of All
We are wrapping up a series called Best of
all and it comes from Paul”writings to a
church in Corinth
But now let me show you a way of life that
is best of all.
1 Corinthians 12:29-31
Love is best of all. Living a life of love is
best of all and then goes on to describe it.
Todays message is being preach dot day
because a man asked a question 1000’s of
years ago.
Questions are powerful…set gears in
motion.
They can change the tone of the meeting.
• What do you think about Donald Trump?
• Hillary Clinton?
• Ben Carson?
• Bernie Sanders?
• Mark Richt?
A question that changed my life forever
was one I ask dTracy? Will you help me
typee this paper..I will take you to get
chinese?
That led to another question…Will you
marry me?
Questions are not as powerful as the
motivation behind the questions.
King David is firmly planted as King. After
being on the run, living in hiding, running
for His from one who was like a Father
figure to Him. King saul was jealous of him.
He has also just come off a series of
military victories.
He has a kingdom to run.
Listen to the question he asks
1One day David asked, “Is anyone in Saul’s
family still alive—anyone to whom I can
show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” 2He
summoned a man named Ziba, who had
been one of Saul’s servants. “Are you
Ziba?” the king asked.
“Yes sir, I am,” Ziba replied.
3The king then asked him, “Is anyone still
alive from Saul’s family? If so, I want to
show God’s kindness to them.”
Why ask the question?
• He loved Jonathon…closer than a brother
and had made a promise to be good to
his descendants. Jonathon do David
would be the next King and welcomed it.
• He loved God.
Love was the motivation behind th
question.
Love goes beyond reason
1One day David asked, “Is anyone in Saul’s
family still alive—anyone to whom I can
show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” 2He
summoned a man named Ziba, who had
been one of Saul’s servants. “Are you
Ziba?” the king asked.
“Yes sir, I am,” Ziba replied.
3The king then asked him, “Is anyone still
alive from Saul’s family? If so, I want to
show God’s kindness to them.”
Ziba replied, “Yes, one of Jonathan’s sons
is still alive. He is crippled in both feet.”
4“Where is he?” the king asked.
“In Lo-debar,” Ziba told him, “at the home
of Makir son of Ammiel.”
5So David sent for him and brought him
from Makir’s home. 6His name was
Mephibosheth; he was Jonathan’s son and
Saul’s grandson. When he came to David,
he bowed low to the ground in deep
respect. David said, “Greetings,
Mephibosheth.”
Mephibosheth replied, “I am your servant.”
David showed God’s kindness because he
had experienced God’s kindness.
A heart that has experienced God’s love is
full of love.
David’s life…warrior, king, fighter, man
among men…was known as a man after
God’s own heart.
David’s greatest pursuit…His greatest
success was loving God.
and therefore His heart overflowed.
David;s promotion as king didn’t change
his posture as child of the King.
David’s position didn’t change his pursuit
after Gid;s heart.
His success didn’t change His character.
The culture say what he did was all wrong.
Mephibosheth was the heir to Saul’s
throne.
according to culture when a new King take
over he should kill all surviving relatives of
the previous king.
Mep was living in hiding.
He was homeless, poor, afraid of this life
and crippled because the servant girl
dropped him when she wine t to place him
in hiding at the age of 5.
He ha slived his life in fear of David.
The world says hate him, wipe him out.
Reason says for David’s on safety and to
secure His kingdom he should kill him not
show kindness to him.
who is someone the world says you should
hate?
Who is some you should ignore?
Who is someone who would think “You are
the least likely person to show them
kindness?
it would go against reason to show love to
them?
Love goes beyond reason.
Love gives beyond reason
7“Don’t be afraid!” David said. “I intend to
show kindness to you because of my
promise to your father, Jonathan. I will give
you all the property that once belonged to
your grandfather Saul, and you will eat here
with me at the king’s table!”this is culturally
absurd.
8Mephibosheth bowed respectfully and
exclaimed, “Who is your servant, that you
should show such kindness to a dead dog
like me?” Even he sees this is absurb.
9Then the king summoned Saul’s servant
Ziba and said, “I have given your master’s
grandson everything that belonged to Saul
and his family. 10You and your sons and
servants are to farm the land for him to
produce food for your master’s household.
But Mephibosheth, your master’s
grandson, will eat here at my table.” (Ziba
had fifteen sons and twenty servants.)
11Ziba replied, “Yes, my lord the king; I am
your servant, and I will do all that you have
commanded.”
David is not only letting him live but
spending money and sacrificing for him.
I wondered if Davids advisors said
something like this:
Hey King, this is good but not finically wise.
As matter of fact it may look like you are
unfit to run your finances and th finances of
the kingdom.
when we were wanting to buy this property
th owner went to church here and said dI
ow give it you but it is set u in a trust. And
if he sold for less than what he bought it for
he would be considered unfit to mange his
accounts.
WE bought if of just about costs. $45,000
of the original 16 acres. Nothing. Almost
free.
Godly people follow God not the world.
Faith, following God, often makes no
sense.
Love gives beyond reason.
David could have done nothing..that would
be mor ethan expected.
But he gave beyond reason.
This past week I spoke at YACS. And I saw
a great demosmntration of loving beyond
reasoned giving beyond reason.
Video
Love changes the story
And from that time on, Mephibosheth ate
regularly at David’s table, like one of the
king’s own sons.
12Mephibosheth had a young son named
Mica. From then on, all the members of
Ziba’s household were Mephibosheth’s
servants. 13And Mephibosheth, who was
crippled in both feet, lived in Jerusalem and
ate regularly at the king’s table.
Mep went form being a pauper to a prince.
He wen tform living in poverty to living in a
palace.
He wen tfrom living in fear of the king to
being a friend of the king.
You and I, because of God’s grace shown
to us, and because of the Holy spirit in us,
have the ability to change someone’s story.
With the love of God shown to us we can
love soemoelse beyond reason.
· We should seek out our enemies and
seek to bless them.
· We should look for the poor, weak,
lame, and hidden to bless them.
WE should look of the lonely, orphaned,
the widows an those prison.
· We should bless others when they
don’t deserve it, and bless them more than
they deserve.
· We should bless others for the sake
of someone else.
let’s not he guilty of wasted love.
Lets not bee shown the love of God and
not show the love God to others.
There are many oppurtunities in our daily
lives to live for self. There is a huge
temptation to only thnk of our story. It is
expected to lve fmself and look out for self.
But is that the way of life we are called to?
Bottom line:
Love is best of all
God’s love is the greatest pursuit
It si the greatest prize
It is the greatest treasure
It si the greatest gift
It is the single greatest path in life.
and it is meant to be shared with others
through various acts of love and to all
types of people.
“Is there anyone I can show unexpected
love to?”
Theough the leading adn power of the Holy
Spirit you could change someones story.
What id we lved this way? Not just at
Christmas? But year round? What if we all
did this?
We can chage the community
Invitation
God loved us beyond reason and God
gave beyond reason.
16“For this is how God loved the world: He
gave his one and only Son, so that
everyone who believes in him will not
perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16,
8But God showed his great love for us by
sending Christ to die for us while we were
still sinners.9And since we have been
made right in God’s sight by the blood of
Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s
condemnation.
Romans 5:8
God changed our story
10He came into the very world he created,
but the world didn’t recognize him. 11He
came to his own people, and even they
rejected him. 12But to all who believed him
and accepted him, he gave the right to
become children of God.13They are
reborn—not with a physical birth resulting
from human passion or plan, but a birth
that comes from God.
John 1:10-13

1One day David asked, “Is anyone in Saul’s family still alive—anyone to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” 2He summoned a man named Ziba, who had been one of Saul’s servants. “Are you Ziba?” the king asked.

“Yes sir, I am,” Ziba replied.

3The king then asked him, “Is anyone still alive from Saul’s family? If so, I want to show God’s kindness to them.”

Ziba replied, “Yes, one of Jonathan’s sons is still alive. He is crippled in both feet.”

4“Where is he?” the king asked.

“In Lo-debar,” Ziba told him, “at the home of Makir son of Ammiel.”

5So David sent for him and brought him from Makir’s home. 6His name was Mephibosheth; he was Jonathan’s son and Saul’s grandson. When he came to David, he bowed low to the ground in deep respect. David said, “Greetings, Mephibosheth.”

Mephibosheth replied, “I am your servant.”

7“Don’t be afraid!” David said. “I intend to show kindness to you because of my promise to your father, Jonathan. I will give you all the property that once belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will eat here with me at the king’s table!”

8Mephibosheth bowed respectfully and exclaimed, “Who is your servant, that you should show such kindness to a dead dog like me?”

9Then the king summoned Saul’s servant Ziba and said, “I have given your master’s grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family. 10You and your sons and servants are to farm the land for him to produce food for your master’s household. But Mephibosheth, your master’s grandson, will eat here at my table.” (Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.)

11Ziba replied, “Yes, my lord the king; I am your servant, and I will do all that you have commanded.” And from that time on, Mephibosheth ate regularly at David’s table, like one of the king’s own sons.

12Mephibosheth had a young son named Mica. From then on, all the members of Ziba’s household were Mephibosheth’s servants. 13And Mephibosheth, who was crippled in both feet, lived in Jerusalem and ate regularly at the king’s table.

 

 

Love goes beyond reason

1One day David asked, “Is anyone in Saul’s family still alive—anyone to whom I can show kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” 2He summoned a man named Ziba, who had been one of Saul’s servants. “Are you Ziba?” the king asked.

“Yes sir, I am,” Ziba replied.

3The king then asked him, “Is anyone still alive from Saul’s family? If so, I want to show God’s kindness to them.”

Ziba replied, “Yes, one of Jonathan’s sons is still alive. He is crippled in both feet.”

4“Where is he?” the king asked.

“In Lo-debar,” Ziba told him, “at the home of Makir son of Ammiel.”

5So David sent for him and brought him from Makir’s home. 6His name was Mephibosheth; he was Jonathan’s son and Saul’s grandson. When he came to David, he bowed low to the ground in deep respect. David said, “Greetings, Mephibosheth.”

Mephibosheth replied, “I am your servant.”

 

 

Love gives beyond reason

7“Don’t be afraid!” David said. “I intend to show kindness to you because of my promise to your father, Jonathan. I will give you all the property that once belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will eat here with me at the king’s table!”

8Mephibosheth bowed respectfully and exclaimed, “Who is your servant, that you should show such kindness to a dead dog like me?”

9Then the king summoned Saul’s servant Ziba and said, “I have given your master’s grandson everything that belonged to Saul and his family. 10You and your sons and servants are to farm the land for him to produce food for your master’s household. But Mephibosheth, your master’s grandson, will eat here at my table.” (Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants.)

11Ziba replied, “Yes, my lord the king; I am your servant, and I will do all that you have commanded.”

 

 

Love changes the story

And from that time on, Mephibosheth ate regularly at David’s table, like one of the king’s own sons.

12Mephibosheth had a young son named Mica. From then on, all the members of Ziba’s household were Mephibosheth’s servants. 13And Mephibosheth, who was crippled in both feet, lived in Jerusalem and ate regularly at the king’s table.

 

 

 

Bottom line:

 

Love is best of all

 

“Is there anyone I can show unexpected mercy to?”

 

Invitation

 

God loved us beyond reason and God gave beyond reason.

16“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

John 3:16,

 

8But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.9And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation.

Romans 5:8

 

God changed our story

10He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. 11He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. 12But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God.13They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

John 1:10-13

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