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A FAITH THAT WORKS THROUGH LOVE PART 3


LOVE IS OUR MISSION

by R Bushman


1 John 4:16-21 (New Century Version)

16 And so we know the love that God has for us, and we trust that
love.

God is love. Those who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.

17 This is how love is made perfect in us: that we can be without fear on the
day God judges us, because in this world we are like him.

18 Where God's love is, there is no fear, because God's perfect love drives
out fear. It is punishment that makes a person fear, so love is not
made perfect in the person who fears.

19 We love because God first loved us.

20 If people say, "I love God," but hate their brothers or
sisters, they are liars. Those who do not love their brothers and
sisters, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have never
seen.

21 And God gave us this command: Those who love God must also love their
brothers and sisters.



IT'S A MISSION TO THE LOST

We have a mission to bare much fruit, and bare witness of Jesus Christ so that lost souls can find
a relationship with the Lord. This our purpose and the main reason
why we are here upon the Earth and not raptured the moment we are
saved.


Our purpose isn't about how much money we make, or how much stuff we have, or how happy we are; but it
is about a life that is filled with the fruits of the Holy Spirit,
love, joy, peace, gentleness, kindness, patience, etc. This kind of
living is very selfless, and this should be our aspiration to bare
much fruit.


I fear that many of us are still in it for what we can get out of it, but Jesus taught us that it is
by giving away, pouring out, laying down, and giving up that we
receive, are filled up, are lifted up, and are received.


IT IS A COMPLETELY RADICAL MISSION

It is a completely radical way to live. It is about the mission to go into all the world, it is
about reaching the loveless, it is about helping the helpless, it is
about touching the diseased, it is about holding the lonely, it is
about meeting needs, and forgiving the sinner.


How will they know about the God of love if we are living no different than they do? How can they know
the way if we are to busy with our own thing to show them?


LOVE TRULY IS OUR MISSION

Love is our mission. It is a mission to a broken world that is filled with those who need it
disparately. We can't withhold it from them any longer!


It is when we understand that this love of God in our lives is there for a purpose, and when we
begin to pour it out through our attitudes, our motivations, our
words, and our actions, then we will be fulfilling our God ordained
mission.

THE MISSION ITSELF LEADS US TO FREEDOM

It is then that we realize that the mission itself brings us freedom from the entanglements of the
world. Our personal mission, and the love of God are connected. Our
chains dissolve as we experience and distribute the love of God.


The mission, which is not always easy, is a blessing that makes our love authentic and strong,
profound and fruitful. Love is the content of our mission.


Jesus said, "My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. Just
as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.

(John
15:8-9)


He also said, “Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth.
(1John 3:18)


Prayer

Father we confess that we desire to embrace the mission you have given to
us, we know that because you have given us this mission, you will
also give us all we need to fulfill the mission. Make us fruitful as
we abide in you so that your love will flow out through our lives
into the world around us. In Jesus name amen

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