March 2011 - Response

Luke 7:47 I tell you, her sins, they are so many, are forgiven her, so she loves so much. But the one who has been forgiven little, loves little.
Introduction: Responding to what Jesus has done.
The story in Luke 7.36-50 is about the woman who anointed Jesus' feet: Much forgiven, love much - little is forgiven, loves little

Our greatest need is not to see what God is doing, but what Jesus has done:
Ephesians 1:17-23
18 ... the eyes of your understanding being enlightened
Ephesians 3:14-21
18 ... be able to comprehend
When it comes to life, our lives are not a religious activity, or a legalistic effort to satisfy God, but a response
Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me. And the life which I now live ....

1. Love is a response
1 John 4:19 We love Him because He first loved us.
John 1:34 p.m. A new commandment I give unto you, that you will love each other. As I have loved you, you will love each other.

2. Forgiveness is a response
Ephesians 4:32 And be kind to one another, be merciful and forgive one another, as God has forgiven you in Christ. When we know what he has forgiven us, we can forgive each other!

3. Generosity is a response
- She smashed the precious jar and gave the most precious ointment. When life becomes a response to God's goodness and what Jesus has done, then you get the maximum meaning in life! Luke 19:8 (Zacchaeus) "See, Lord, I give half of everything I own to the poor. If I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I will give back four times as much"
- Open hand instead of a clenched fist - to be a channel instead of a cork
- Generosity in place of avarice - Hospitality instead of an isolated life
- Producer rather than consumer
NB: Only what you share is growing!

To call:

Why is it important for us to live the Christian life as a response to what Christ has done?
How can you live a life in response to what Jesus has done for you? Try to be specific.



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