Love Is Enough Part 1
Walking In The Balance of Grace and Mercy
Why a series on “Love Is Enough?”
Ever since I truly was taught the Bible, and then began to study it myself – thus growing closer in my relationship with the Lord Jesus, the phrase “Christ is sufficient and love is enough” became a foundation upon which to build my life. To help explain in part, I like to think back to the words penned by the apostle Paul in Philippians 3:7-11, “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ – the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.”
If you take the time to read the verses prior to the ones mentioned above, you will see that Paul is making a brilliant argument about the confidence that we as people put into everything else other than Christ. Paul himself was a young man with great reason to boast in the flesh. He was a devout Pharisee, a fine-standing man man in the eyes of the religious leaders (a “Hebrew of Hebrews”, vs. 5), a zealot bent on persecuting the believers of Jesus and doing so in the name of God. He was everything that a young Hebrew man of the time could dream of becoming, yet one encounter with the risen Lord completely turned Paul’s life on end. And here is where the “Love Is Enough” concept can clearly be made evident.
Paul did not choose to follow Christ, only to hold onto the best of who he was at the same time. Paul did not try to fit the Lord into his A-list of accomplishments. Paul did not try to whittle God’s will into a form that would fit his agenda. That would be absurd! Instead, Paul makes it very clear that once he knew the truth about the risen Lord, and that he had been persecuting the Lord by his zealous attacks on believers (Acts 9:4-6), Paul reframed his thinking, gave his entire self over to Jesus so that the Lord – his Lord – could truly be the only sovereign ruler of his life. For that to happen, Paul knew there was no reason to hold onto anything of the old. He counted it all rubbish as we read in the verses above. That word can be translated into “garbage” and “manure”. Christ was all that mattered. The love of the Father became his driving force. Everything else – literally “everything” – was manure. Worthless. Of no value.
This is concept is the springboard upon which this 2-part video series was centered around and focused on. While looking at Romans 12:1-2, we take an expedition into God’s Word and discover the sovereignty of Christ in the Bible, and then compare and contrast that to the rulers and masters in our own lives. Do we face the same kind of mind renewing that the apostle Paul did? Do we place Christ as the head of our life and take everything else – anything that tries to challenge that sufficiency of Christ – and remove it from our lives like rubbish?
Encouragement In The Word
My hope is that the “Love Is Enough” 2-part video series will encourage you the way that it has me. If you need to talk to someone after watching this video, or perhaps you are struggling with worry, doubt, fear, anxiety, addiction, or you know someone who is, please reach out to us on our Contact page. Let us know how we can serve you through prayer and the encouragement and fellowship of God’s Word. Remember, you are not alone. There is hope beyond the struggle. If you would like to speak with a Life Coach regarding any particular situation, please reach out to Life Coach and Brain Health Coach Christine Bowen and the Reframe My Life staff. They have been doing some phenomenal work in the community and would love to meet with you as well.
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