Sunday Sermon Share Day: Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 2/16/14

Welcome to Sunday Sermon Share Day for 2/16/14

Today’s sermon comes from Destiny Metropolitan Worship Church in Marietta, Georgia.

Today’s Subject is: Love is Loyal

Today’s Scripture selections from are:

1 Corinthians 13:7 (NLT)

1 Samuel 18:1-4 (GW)

1 Samuel 19:1-5 (TLB)

1 Samuel 23:15-18 (CEV)

 2 Samuel 1:25-26 (NCV)

Highlights from Today’s  Sermon:

Loving others requires LOYALTY

Loyalty is complete dedication.

Years ago people negotiated, did business, and made agreements with a hand shake, your word was your bond.

Social media has allowed us to reach a lot of people at one time, but it can also be harmful because it limits our identification of who is truly our friend. You have 400, 800, or over 1,000 so-called friends but they aren’t all friends. You have an address book filled with thousands of names, but they aren’t all truly your friends. These are people who you socially affiliate yourself with. These are people who have shared interests that you engage with from time to time, for small windows of time—but they aren’t really your friends.

I can love with my loyalty as I…

  1. Defend my friend’s honor against unfair attack

Now this statement isn’t just for an individual defending people, but this calls for the church to defend others from unfair attack.

There is an increase of athletes and entertainers publicly coming out of the closet and admitting that they are gay/lesbian. Your loyalty is based on whether or not you defend that person’s honor when they are attacked because of their sexual orientation or preference. Will you just sit idly by and do nothing? Or will you join the crowd and begin judging and attacking someone?

The same question is directed to the church. The church is where we are to come for refuge. The church historically has had the reputation of protecting the people. Many churches now have joined the crowds and taken part in attacking rather than including others. The church is supposed to rally around the person being attacked and stand as their advocate, taking them in, and praying for them.

Another thing to defend is issues with jealousy. When you hate/jealous (of) others you look less like Jesus and more like satan. You lose your holy perspective.

  • Jesus vouches for us to God because he loves us.
  • We need to learn to vouch for others.

I can love with my loyalty as I…

  1. Encourage my friends success in uncommon adversity

When our friends are going through hard times we need to lift them up. We need to keep encouraging them to reach the finish line. If you want to see who your true friends are, it’s the ones who are standing beside you the entire time.

Like Oprah Winfrey has said many times, “your true friends aren’t the ones who ride with you in the limo, their the ones who ride with you on the bus when you can no longer afford the limo”.

It’s not in the good times that the character of those who surround you is revealed. It is in adversity, especially the adversity that blindsides you, that is when you will find out what people are made of——do they stand by your side, help you up when you feel (and are weak), or do they walk/run away to distance themselves?

I can love with my loyalty as I…

  1. Value my friends presence in case of unforeseen tragedy

Being there is a sign of loyalty.

Have you ever noticed that when someone passes away that people are there, bringing food, sending their condolences for the first couple of weeks—but soon people return to their every day lives and engage less with those who still mourn the loss of a loved one?

In moments of tragedy a friend is there. When you love someone, you make sure that you are there for them. You invest time in them.

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Now this part you hear from me every Sunday:  Be sure to share highlights from sermons at your church or place of worship here on my blog. Feel free to also visit and contribute to our community chat room where we can have healthy, positive, dialogue on the sermon I shared today, Breaking Bread daily posts, or issues impacting the Christian community.

Remember there is absolutely no preaching, passing judgment, converting, recruiting, or focus on any specific church or religious leader. Those are the rules. We’re here to share words of love and peace inspired by the Word of the Bible. We’re here to uplift and never tear down. If you can roll with that, then you can roll with me and the Breaking Bread family! Visit the chat room here:

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Have an amazing week family. Remember that loving others requires loyalty, and to love with loyalty you must defend your friends honor against unfair attacks, encourage your friends success in uncommon adversity, and value your friends presence in case of unforeseen tragedy.

Love always,

Natasha

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