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How to Love One Another - Transforming Lives Christian Center

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How to Live: How to Love Yourself Author: Pastor Sandy Banks - 3/20/2011, 3/24/2011, 3/31/2011, 4/7/2011
The Bible is a book about relationships. It's about our relationship with God, our relationship with our self and our relationships with other people. The Ten Commandments themselves show us how we should walk in love with God and how we should walk in love with other people. However, a major component of walking in love with others is learning to love ourselves. So many believers only look at themselves from the world's perspective and they never see themselves from God's perspective, as the Apple of His Eye (Zechariah 2:8). Scripture: 1Samuel 16 - When Samuel went to anoint one of Jesse's sons as King, Jesse didn't even bother to have David to come in from keeping the sheep.
1 Samuel 17:28 - David's brother Eliab remarks about David's insignificance
A. The love of God has preeminence over every subject discussed in the Word. 1. Love encompasses everything that is taught in the Word and adds balance to whatever you learn from the Word. 2. Nothing in your life-finances, family, healing and so on-will work to its full potential until you perfect your love walk. 3. Walking in love delivers you from fear, which is designed to kill you. a. Fear gives the devil access to your life and will connect you to what you fear the most.
1) Job 3:25
2) Proverbs 10:24
B. One of the major obstacles that Christian run into trying to walk in love, is that they don't love themselves.
1. How can you ever really love someone else when you don't love yourself?
2. If you do not love yourself, you really can't give away something that you don't have. Or in the case of a Christian, you can't give away something that you don't know belongs to you. (Romans 5:5, KJV)
a. How can you genuinely demonstrate love to your friends, your spouse or your children, when you are struggling with trying to love yourself?
3. Loving yourself is connected to your own self-image.
a. For most people their self-image is not limited to their physical appearance.
b. Self-image is normally about the "whole person". Your personality, talents and abilities, accomplishments, desires and goals, natural relationships and your spiritual relationship with the Lord.
c. Nearly all of your behavior is based on who you think you are and how you feel about yourself.
d. If you have a very low opinion of yourself, then you will have a very poor self-image. (Romans 12:3, AMP)
4. The comparison trap.
a. Comparing ourselves to others. (2 Corinthians 10:12, AMP)
b. Contentment is destroyed by comparison.
c. Stop letting someone who did not create you define you.
d. Sometimes we do things that we really don't want to do to simply impress other people. (peer pressure)
1) Matthew 5:5 MSG
2) Matthew 23:11 MSG
3) But if you're content to be simply yourself, you will become more than yourself. (Luke 14:10; Luke 18:14 MSG) 5. Religion and religious teachings have tried to make us view ourselves as low, and unworthy, like a nothing or a nobody.
6. Hollywood, billboards and magazines have also helped to contribute to a low self image.
a. We forget that the person we see in the movies has been worked on by professionals for hours.
b. We forget or don't know that the pictures we see on billboards and in magazines have been airbrushed.
c. So because we don't look like the actor or actress in the movies, we don't look like the picture on the billboard or in the magazine; we don't have the washboard abs, we find ourselves suffering with an inferiority complex because I don't "look like that".
1) You have to understand that satan hates you and he uses things like this to create insecurities in your life.
2) Feelings of insecurity make it harder for us to show love and to allow ourselves to be loved.
3) Insecure (self-conscious - uncomfortably conscious of oneself as an object of the observation of others) people find themselves asking questions like:
a) Why is my noise so big?
b) Why is my booty so BIG?
c) Why am I so skinny?
d) Why am I always struggling with my weight
e) Why am I so short? (Men)
f) Why are my feet so BIG? (Women)
4) Insecurity is rooted in fear and God wants to deal with and calm all of your fears. (Zephaniah 3:17, NLT)
5) God's perfect love cast out all fear. (1 John 4:18, KJV)
6) God has not given us a spirit of fear. (2 Timothy 1:7, KJV)
7) You have to learn to be comfortable in your own skin.
a) You got to learn to be confident in yourself, in who you are and whose you are...A Child of the King.
b) Created in His image. (Genesis 1:27)
c) Fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14)
d) King in thee. (Micah 4:9)
e) You are His workmanship. (Ephesians 2:10)
f) Joint-heirs with Christ. (Romans 8:17) C. You must realize that your true identity can only be found in Jesus Christ.
1. Before you were ever born, God approved of you. (Jeremiah 1:5, AMP)
D. Another obstacle Christian run into trying to walk in love, is that they are not happy with their own life.
1. It's not anyone else's responsibility to make you happy.
a. No matter how much a person my love you, they will eventually disappoint and fail you from time to time.
2. It's not anyone else's responsibility to make you feel good about yourself.
a. You have to learn to encourage yourself. 3. Your happiness can only be found in Jesus Christ. (Ecclesiastes 12:13, AMP)
4. Jesus came to give you life. (John 10:10, KJV, AMP)
a. God wants you to have a life worth living. (Proverbs 3:2, AMP) Scripture References:
* John 15:12
* 1 Thessalonians 3:12
* Ezekiel 36:26
* John 13:34-35
* Corinthians 13:1-8, AMP
* Ephesians 4:32, AMP
* James 3:16
* Proverbs 16:18
KJV - King James Version
NKJV - New King James Version
AMP - Amplified Bible
MSG - Message Bible
TLB - The Living Bible
NLT - New Living Translation
*The potential for you to experience hurt will always be there. However, in order for you to continually experience victory in your life, you must develop the ability to quickly dismiss things people do that hurt you. You have to learn to let things "roll off of you like water on a duck's back". It is not the challenges that you experience in life that defeat you; it is your response to the challenges when they arise. (Matthew 7:24-27; Luke 6:46-49, KJV)
The story is told of an American tourist in Paris who picked up an amber necklace in a knick knack shop. When he arrived at New York and went through customs he was shocked at the high duty he had to pay. When he got home, he had the necklace appraised, and the jeweler offered him $25,000 for the necklace. He was shocked and assumed that there was a reason for the offer. He took the necklace to an expert who appraised it at an enormous amount. When he asked the appraiser what made the necklace so valuable, he told him to look into the magnifying glass and see for himself. When he placed his eye next to the glass, he saw an inscription which read: "From Napoleon Bonaparte to Josephine." It was the name on the necklace that gave it extraordinary worth. Folks, you've got to realize that inscribed on your life is the Name of your Owner, Jesus Christ. He has made you with his own hands and written His Name across your life. Your value is found in that inscription. You belong to him and he wants to use your life. He has made you and you are his. You are unique. You are special because you are special to him. No one else can take your place in his heart. And neither can anyone else take your place in this world.
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