The last few days, I’ve listened over again to a sermon from Tim Keller titled “The love of Jesus“. The text used is John 13:1–21. The highlights for me include Tim’s points that:
- Love is washing.
- Love is an action. It’s doing and not passive.
- The fruit of the spirit is described in the singular because all the fruit is coequal. We cannot bear one or a few without all the others in equal measure. If we seem to have self-control but lack kindness, it’s pride control.
- Love involves hate, hate of evil bad things. That’s what the washing is for. It reminds me of Ephesians 5:26. Husbands love their wives, sanctifying them, cleansing their wives with the washing of the water with the word.
- The opposite of love is indifference.
- The worldly love of attraction is hunger; it’s a feeling of being filled and fulfilled.
- The only real satisfaction for hunger is Jesus. John 6:35. (Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.)
- Real love is action.
- Love is not tolerance; it is not ignoring (tolerating) the bad things; love is washing.
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