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Love is SACRIFICIAL

In this issue: Love is SACRIFICIAL . . . 1-3 Love Word Search …3 Work on Love …4 So, What is Love?-Biblical Definition/Essential . . . 3-6 Journal Jot …6 Inspiring Bible Story …7 Love Attack Challenge… 8 Cross Word Puzzle . . . 9 Answer Keys . . . 10

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ne cannot talk about true love without sacrifice. It is not about getting fulfilled with needs and desires. Love is fulfilling someone else‟s needs and desires. Love is sacrificial. When God says, “If you love Me, you will do My commandments.” He is implying that you follow Him and sacrifice your life as He did. Continued on Page 2 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. (NKJV John 15:13)

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“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even „sinners‟ love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is tha t to you? Even „sinners‟ do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even „sinners‟ lend to „sinners‟ expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. (Luke 6:27-36)

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Picture this: 

Your coworker degrades you behind your back and slowly becomes so comfortable with this that they begin to degrade you to your face until you end up losing the job you love because the manager has sided with them. This would be a form of slapping you in the face. What do you do? How do you react?

 A person with whom you have a strained relationship steals your $11million inheritance right from beneath your nose. What do you do? How do you react?

You lent $1200 to a family member who promises to pay you back or in some way ‘have your back’. Do you hold it against them when they don’t come through? Why or why not? Does your answer line up with what Christ says to do?

You’re married to someone who only seems to take and take and take; thinking only of themselves first. Or on the flip side, doesn’t give you what you need. How do you react?

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Ouch! Did the words “Freak out” come to mind? Analyzing what Christ has to say about how to love brings us to an understanding that loving others is not easy by any stretch. In fact, in many cases, we feel left without a voice; completely stripped of our worldly dignity and carrying a bleeding heart. But through all this, He gives us

hope that great is our reward in heaven when we suffer in the name of Christ. After all, didn‟t He do this for us? Love is sacrificial and this means that there are times where we will not be exempt from pain, hurt, or persecution. In fact, we are lining up to die to whom the world says we should be.

The Biblical Definition: Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Corinthians 4-7)

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desires forgive fulfilling goats

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W hat areas could I work on?: Love suffers long

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and is kind;

love does not envy; love does not parade itself,

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is not puffed up;

Love never fails. (1 Cor. 13:8)

does not behave rudely,

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does not seek its own,

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is not provoked,

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thinks no evil;

does not rejoice in iniquity,

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but rejoices in the truth;

bears all things,

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believes all things [will work together according to God’s will],

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hopes all things [will work together according to God’s will],

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endures all things. (1 Cor. 13:4-7)

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Love is ESSENTIAL Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. (1Cor 13:1-3)

Love is COMPASSIONATE Jesus Separates the Sheep from the Goats “When the son of man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them from one another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, “Come, you blessed of My

Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.” Then the righteous will answer Him, saying “Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink: When did we see You a stranger and take you in, or naked and clothed You? Or when did we see

You sick, or in prison, and come to You?” And the King will answer and say to them, „Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.‟ “Then He will also say to those on the left hand, „Depart from me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry and you gave me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and Journal4Jesus©All Rights Reserved

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Journalzine Love is ESSENTIAL; COMPASSIONATE cont… in prison and you did not visit Me.‟ Then they also will answer Him, saying „Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty

or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You: then He will answer them, saying „Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to none of the least of these, you did not do it to

Me.‟ And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” (Matthew 25:31-46)

What are your thoughts so far? Did you know what it means to love according to God’s word?

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13 NKJV)

Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. (Ephesians 5:1-2)

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ead this inspiring story of what one woman was willing to sacrifice in order for her son to live.

Now two women who were harlots came to the king, and stood before him. And one woman said, “O my Lord, this woman and I dwell in the same house; and I gave birth while she was in the house. Then it happened, the third day after I had given birth, that his woman also gave birth. And we were together; no one was with us in the house, except the two of us in the house. And this woman‟s son died in the night, because she lay on him. So she arose in the middle of the night and took my son from my side, while your maidservant slept, and laid him in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom. And when I rose in the morning to nurse my son, there he was, dead. But when I had examined him in the morning, indeed, he was not my son who I had borne.” Then the said, “No!

other woman But the living

one is my son, and the dead one is your son,”

But the other said, “Let him be neither mine nor yours, 7

And the first woman said, ”No!” But the dead one is your son, and the living one is my son.”

Pursue love, … 1 Corinthians 14:1

Thus they spoke before the king. And the king said, “The one says, „This is my son, who lives, and your son is the dead one‟; and the other says, „No! But your son is the dead one, and my son is the living one,‟” Then the king said, “Bring me a sword.” So they brought a sword before the king. And the king said, “Divide the living child in two, and give half to one, and half to the other.” Then the woman whose son was living spoke to the king, for she yearned with compassion for her son; and she said, “O my lord, give her the living child, and by no means kill him!”

but divide him.” So the king answered and said, “Give the first woman the living child, and by no means kill him; she is his mother.” And all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had rendered; and they feared the king, for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him to administer justice. (1Kings 3:16-28) This woman whose son was living was willing to give up the argument and give up her desire and give up her only son for the sake of his life. She loved, she gave, and she was willing to sacrifice.

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e are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down but not destroyed—always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So then death is working in us, but life in you. (2 Corinthians 4:8-12)

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y life needs a LOVE ATTACK that shows that Jesus Christ lives in me.

In purity and in sincerity, I will make a commitment to be more passionate about loving others like God would have me to love them.

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want to be more like Christ. And I accept the challenge to put others before myself even in the most difficult situations. I will strive to live a life overflowing with His love in me; a love that I will pray for consistently and desire in my heart. His love is known as agape love. It is perfect and unfailing.

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Journalzine Heavenly Father, You are LOVE! Thank you for showing us how to love others better; like You have loved. I lift up all the people who may read

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this issue or join our purpose today, that You would bless them as You open up their eyes to Your Word and how it can change their lives. I pray for deliverance from evil over them and take our hearts to create in us Your love, and our minds, and use us for your glory! You are the one and only true God! In Jesus Name; the Name above all names, I pray these things—Amen.

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