The Flow Of Love

April 2, 2019

The PowerBreak Podcast

Program 004

Show Notes

 

 

THE Q&A FORMAT

 

  1. OPEN with Tease

(Bob) “This is the PowerBreak Podcast, number 004, titled “The Flow Of Love” – I’m Bob Brubaker along with JT as we hope you will stay tuned as we seek to give you a little power in this break to help you succeed in the race of life.”

 

  1. JT) This is the – PowerBreak Podcast – with a focus on the spiritual, the mental, and the physical aspects – all to help you succeed in the race of life. For show notes from today’s podcast go to bobbrubaker.com and follow the link for the PowerBreak podcast.

 

  1. Welcome – Bob and JT – chit chat about life, walk with God, training, etc.
  • Bob – “How do you demonstrate your love to Amy?”

o   Love Languages discussion

  • JT – “How do you best show your love to Jan?…

 

  1. JT – Bob let’s look at WHAT’S NEW – as we look at a recent blog from bobbrubaker.com … Bob, What’s New?

 

  1. Presentation and discussion of Bob’s published PowerBreak article, The Flow of Love
  2. JT – Anything we need to tell the listeners Bob as far as “Special announcements.”

 

  1. Bob – (((God’s PowerLine of Prayer)))

 

  1. JT – “So here we go… as we turn to WHAT ABOUT THIS… –– time for some questions and answers. Feel free to submit your questions to bob@bobbrubaker.com and we’ll get to the answer on an upcoming PowerBreak. Podcast…

 

  • Chat about questions…

 

  1. Q&A segment

 

  1. a) J First Question: What does the Bible say about demonstrating our love… (like for God and for others)?

 

Mark 12:28–31 (ESV) — 28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

1 John 2:7–11 (ESV) — 7 Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard. 8 At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. 9 Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. 10 Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. 11 But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

Romans 12:9–10 (ESV) — 9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

 

  1. b) JT: Second Question: We are supposed to love even our enemies… right? How is that possible?

 

Matthew 5:43–48 (ESV) — 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Luke 6:27–31 (ESV) — 27 “But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. 29 To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either. 30 Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back. 31 And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

 

  1. c) JT – Third Question: How important is “having a plan of discipline” in the race of life?

 

1 Corinthians 9:24–27 (ESV) — 24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. 25 Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. 27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

1 Timothy 4:7–8 (ESV) — 7 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; 8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.

Philippians 3:12–15 (ESV) — 12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.

 

  1. Closing statement Bob…. “check out today’s show notes at bobbrubaker.com and click on the PowerBreak podcast – today’s show is 003

 

  1. JT – Submit your questions to bob@bobbrubaker.com and listen for Bob’s answer on an upcoming PowerBreak Podcast

 

 

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The Weekly PowerBreak
Monday – February 11, 2019

 

The Flow of Love

 

Richard Sibbes in his book A Bruised Reed said, "It is love in duties that God regards, more than duties themselves."

 

When you get right down to it, that is exactly what Jesus says is the greatest commandment.

 

Mark 12:28–31 (ESV) — 28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” 29 Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

 

It’s not like God left us to ourselves on this one.  We love Him and others, only because He set His love upon us and that love of His was set upon us long before we knew it.  So it’s a flow of love from Him, to Him, and overflowing to others. Let’s look at this flow of love that begins with God’s love for us.

 

1 John 4:19 (ESV) — 19 We love because he first loved us.

 

Ephesians 1:3–10 (ESV) — 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, 8 which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

 

Paul reminds us that it is important to comprehend God’s magnificent love for us. This is overwhelming, in a very good way.

 

Ephesians 3:14–21 (ESV) — 14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

 

Now think about it. God loved us and gave His Son to die for us.  He continues to love us as He has called us to Himself.  He gives us faith to believe in His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, and He assures us that nothing can ever separate us from His love.

 

Romans 8:35–39 (ESV) — 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Can you love someone who does all that for you?  You do if He has set His love upon you because to love Him with all that is within you is simply allowing the flow of love that you have received from Him to flow back to Him and overflow to others.  God is not an inspector of things we do as if He were looking for perfection because we cannot produce it.  In fact, the best we have is described as filthy rags.  However, when we give God our best from a heart of love, He delights in what we do no matter how feeble our best is.

 

Think about how freeing this is because it takes away some standard that you or someone else has placed upon you.  It takes away the heavy burden of perfection as God tells us to give Him our best as we give Him our all out of a heart of love and it’s made acceptable to Him by Jesus Christ.  No wonder Jesus called those who are burdened down with the heavy yoke of performance to come to Him.

 

Matthew 11:28–30 (ESV) — 28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

 

1 Peter 2:4–5 (ESV) — 4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

 

That’s not where love stops.  As His love flows to us and returns to Him, it also overflows to others.

 

Psalm 23:5 (ESV) — 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

 

2 Corinthians 8:1–2 (ESV) — 1 We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, 2 for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part.

 

Romans 12:9–10 (ESV) — 9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.

 

So the challenge for today is not to perform, but to allow the love to flow as it comes from Him, returns to Him, and overflows to others.

 

Godspeed,

Bob Brubaker