Grace Energized Men are Sound in Love
In Matthew 24, Jesus sat down near the end of His earthly ministry and painted a vivid picture of what the world would look like as it neared its final days.
Matthew 24:11-12 "Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold." NKJV
Jesus warned that as the end of days approaches, false doctrine would increase and that real love would decrease. The word "grow cold" is not an adjective describing a condition, it is a primary verb describing that the active display of love will be radically decreased.
We are in a world where:
False doctrine will INCREASE.
True love will DECREASE.
So the church nearing the end of the age is faced with increasing false doctrine and decreasing genuine love.
Of course, to prepare for such an onslaught facing Christ's church, God had a plan. That plan is our study today, and it is found in Titus 2:2. Look closely at the fourth and fifth of the qualities that God wanted to be lived out in the godly older men.
Titus 2:2 "that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience;" NKJV
Notice the proximity of "sound faith" (vs. the false doctrine) and "sound love" (vs. the defective love) in this passage. Paul was addressing a current and future need in the church.
God wants His love lived out in Christ's church throughout all of its history. He wants each member of Christ's family to see soundness of love in action-starting with the older, godly men who are models and examples to the flock.
Then, the Lord wants sound or healthy love experienced by each member, lived out each day, before a watching and often loveless world.
WE HAVE THE ABILITY FOR SELF-SACRIFICING
LOVE THROUGH CHRIST
1. Acknowledge it is a command (Romans 13:8-10)
2. Agree you have the power (Romans 5:5)
3. Understand it is normal Christian behavior (I John 4:7-10)
4. Realize it is the Spirit's work (Gal. 5:22)
5. Practice it. (I Peter 1:22, 4:8) (Hebrews. 5:8)
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