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SERMON DATE AND TITLE: 20130210: "The Eyes of Love"

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THE EYES OF LOVE

SERMON STARTER

Seeing People Through Different Eyes

Yesterday, I heard complaints from one of the volunteers about another volunteer. As I heard the man’s complaints about this inactive, inefficient worker, I slowly began to see the man through the complainer’s eyes.

I was told the man was lazy, didn’t want to work, allowed others to do his share of the tasks assigned. He wasn’t a very nice person and the complainer hoped he wouldn’t return on a future shift.

At the end of the five hour shift we all sat down together and reviewed what we had accomplished. The young man in question sat across from me. I began to see him differently. I began to see him through unbiased eyes.

I noticed one leg bounced up and down uncontrollably. That’s called, “psychomotor agitation.” This shaking of one or more limbs is an indicator of extreme anxiety and sometimes done by those who take psychotropic medication. As I looked into his eyes he said,

“I’m on five psychotropic medications.”

That statement immediately explained his lack of motivation and energy. The Lord spoke into my heart that the young man was carrying a heavy-life load. The Lord saw the young man’s struggles and loved him. I felt the Lord’s Love as I looked at him. I told him, looking into his eyes,

"Friend, you have a heavy load."

What made the difference in how I looked at the young man? It depended on whose eyes I was using to see him. Getting myself, the opinions of others and their personal prejudices and out of the way, I allowed Jesus' compassion and empathy to provide the lens through which I viewed the young man. I saw him through the eyes of God's love.

Pastor Phil   <><<

 

 

 

 

February 10, 2013 – Valentine’s Sunday

Sheepfold Ministries – Pastor Phil Roland

 

THE EYES OF LOVE

1 SAMUEL 16:1-7

1 Corinthians 13

 “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

“. . .For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7b

 

I. SAMUEL WAS LOOKING THROUGH THE EYES OF GRIEF

          A. Samuel actually loved Saul and saw him as God's ideal man

                        1. Saul was a man chosen by the people

                                    a. The majority isn't always right

                                    b. The majority chose Saul

                                    c. He was the people's King

                                    d. He was NOT the King God would have chosen

                                    e. They simply left God out when seeking a King

                        2. A majority of the people yelled, "Give us Barabbas!"

a. They freed a criminal

                                    b. The crucified Jesus

            B. Saul was interested in doing things his own way

                        1. God rejected Saul as King

                        2. Samuel grieved as though Saul was his own son

                        3. Grief can sometimes distort reality

                        4. We see things our way, but we do not see what God sees

                       

II. SEEING PEOPLE THROUGH THE WORLD’S EYESv. 7a

“. . .For the Lord does not see as man sees; v. 7a

            A. The Eyes of Lust - 1 John 2:15-16

"Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world,

             the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world--the lust of

             the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life--is not of the Father but

             is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he

             who does the will of God abides forever."

                        1. The eye wants to possess everything it sees

                        2. The eye has NO CONSCIENCE

            B. The Eyes of Our Culture - the Idolatry of Outward Appearance

                        1. Israel picked their King because he was tall and handsome

                        2. How like our narcissistic culture!

                        3. The world wastes its energy in the Meaningless Endless                                       Pursuits of Eternal Youth

                                    a. Cosmetic Surgery

                                    b. Botox, Liposuction, Face Lifts, Butt Lifts

                                    c. Job says it all vanishes like a vapor - James 4:13-14

THE EYES OF LOVE, cont., p.2

                                    "Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to

                                     such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and

                                     make a profit"; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen

                                     tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that                                                  appears for a little time and then vanishes away."

            C. The Eyes of Perfectionism

                "There was only on perfect man and the world crucified Him."

                        1. Controlling

            2. Determining Final Outcomes in their lives and the lives of                                   others

                        3. Manipulating - Wrongly believe others can be "Fixed"

                           "My way or the highway!"

            D. The Eyes of Success  

                        1. Acquiring Wealth - The world says,

                          "He who dies with the most toys. . .wins"

                        2. Accumulating Property

                          "No Property deeds go into the grave"

                        3. Collecting Admirers -Insatiable itch to have others "like you"

                        4. Accomplishing, Setting Records

                                    a. Making a name for yourself

                                    b. Hello, Lance Armstrong? Tiger Woods?

                       

III. SEEING PEOPLE THROUGH THE EYES OF CODEPENDENCY

A. My mother called it, “Crazy Love”

1. A self-forgetful, self-abandoning, self injurious human love

2. Causes you to do irrational, illogical things for others. . .

            3. Crazy Love is Codependent Love

            B. Crazy Love is a “Messianic Love”

                        1. People that attempt to “Save People”

                        2. Fruitless attempts to save people from themselves

                        3. There is only one Messiah and you and I aren’t Him

                        4. Some people think that becoming someone’s Messiah is

                                    ministry: It isn’t

                        5. We can only point people to the one real Messiah

                        6. Only Jesus’ Love can heal their brokenness

 

IV. SEEING PEOPLE THROUGH THE EYES OF JESUS

            A. We deliberately allow Jesus to see others through us

                        1. We have to set aside our own expectations for people

                        2. We must first see them as they are

                        3. We must then love them anyway

                                    1. Emma Mcgrath -

                                      "I  referred to a church lady as "That lovely lady."

                                     The man I was speaking to said, "Is there something wrong

                                     with your eyes, preacher? I was allowing myself to see her                                          through God's eyes. He saw her beautiful."

                                    2. Emma wasn't beautiful on the outside

THE EYES OF LOVE, cont., p.3

            B. Samuel allowed the Lord to look through his eyes

                   1. God chooses who He will - 1 Corinthians 1:26,27

"For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to

                         the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. 27 But God

                         has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise,

                         and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame

                         the things which are mighty;"

                   2. He often chooses unlikely people to do His Work

                   3. Then, we know it's God and not human flesh

            C. God chooses the least of Jessie's sons - 1 Samuel 16:11,12

            "And Samuel said to Jesse, "Are all the young men here?" Then he said,

             "There remains yet the youngest, and there he is, keeping the sheep." And

             Samuel said to Jesse, "Send and bring him. For we will not sit down till he

             comes here." 12 So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with

             bright eyes, and good-looking. And the LORD said, "Arise, anoint him; for

             this is the one!"

                        1. Remember, often those rejected by men become Beloved of                             the Lord

                        2. Dare to do as David did as a lowly shepherd in the field

                        3. Bare your heart to God You may be revealed as a Son, Priest                  or even a King!

                        4. God sees not as you see: His eyes see the longing of your                                 heart, and your desire to love and serve Him

 

“. . .For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7b

 

THE EYES OF LOVE

1 Samuel 16:1-7

16 Now the Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided Myself a king among his sons.”

And Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears it, he will kill me.”

But the Lord said, “Take a heifer with you, and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’

Then invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; you shall anoint for Me the one I name to you.”

So Samuel did what the Lord said, and went to Bethlehem. And the elders of the town trembled at his coming, and said, “Do you come peaceably?”

And he said, “Peaceably; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Sanctify yourselves, and come with me to the sacrifice.” Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons, and invited them to the sacrifice.

So it was, when they came, that he looked at Eliab and said, “Surely the Lord’s anointed is before Him!”

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees;[a] for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

 

LOVE OF GOD PARODY

“How Great Thou Art”

 

This sin-sick world

        Through different eyes I now see

These eyes are filled with tears,

concern and love

Because of Christ,

God’s Spirit lives within me

And lights my soul

        With fire from God above.

 

Oh, Holy Spirit, deep within my heart

        Burn bright in me!

        Burn bright in me!

Oh, Holy Spirit, deep within my heart

        Burn bright in me!

        Burn bright in me!