Developing a Heart for Deep Christian Love

Acts 20:17-38

As the Christians departed there was a great grief on both sides. 

A Courageous Heart

•  Acts: 20:22-24 -Paul was giving his life to teach the gospel.  Real love and affection hurts sometimes.

•     2 Cor. 2:4 – Paul had a great love for this church.

•      2:Cor. 11:7-11 – Paul testified that God knew he loved the Corinthians.  Love can hurt.  Step out to love one another.  

A Pure Heart

•   Acts 20:26 –  Paul had an honest heart

•      2 Cor. 2:17, 4:1-2 – Our hearts are sincere

•      1 Peter 1:22 – Love deeply without hypocrisy.  Get rid of sin so you can love purely

A Caring Heart

•  Acts 20:31 – Paul had cared deeply and wept often

•     2 Cor. 12:14-15 – Paul likened them to his children.  Are we willing to find out about others to have a caring relationship?  Do we want to find out where they are coming from?

•       1 John 3:17 -Keep an open heart.

•       Heb. 4:15 – Jesus sympathizes with us 

A Diligent Heart

•   Acts 20:35 -Paul worked hard

•       1 Cor. 15:9-10 –  No one worked harder than Paul

•     2 Cor. 8:16-17 -There is action and work indicated.

Feelings are not an indication of real love.  We work on relationships to make them strong.  This is self discipline. 

A Heart from God

•   1 John 4:7-12 – God shows us the example of love in his Son. 

—Robert Lee, 7-29-07, a.m.

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