Love Increases Your Self-Worth
Second Sunday Advent
Royal Farris

The greatest nurturer of self-worth is love.

LEAP Verse – Listen – Engage – Apply – Produce

Isaiah had spoken of John when he said, “He is a voice shouting in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming!
Clear the road for him! John 3:4

We were created like God, for God and to be with God.

Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will be masters over all life… Gen 1:26 NLT

God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. Eph 1:5 NLT

Adam’s choice brought separation (death) from God.

When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees. Gen 3:8 NLT

For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many.… Rom 5:17 NLT

The Anxiety of Separation

1) Need for love
(No God, No Love – Know God, Know Love)

But now let me show you a way of life that is best of all. Love is…
1 Cor 12:30NLT
2) Need for purpose … People try to fill the void that can only be filled by God.

…Everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him…
Col. 1:16 MSG
Jesus Came to Reconnect?

To give us life…a full life connected to God

We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.
1 John 3:16

“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 NLT

Enjoy The Love Jesus Gave You

1) Grow past the past.

“But forget all that–it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. 19 For I am about to do a brand-new thing. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? Isaiah 43:18-19

2) Release the stress of today.

Have you never heard? Have you never understood?
The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding.
29 He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.
Isa 40:28-29 NLT

Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am. Phil 4:13 MSG

3) Step forward into the future. (Heaven and Earth)
Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.
Ps 119:105 NLT