LEARNING to LOVE as HE LOVED by Nancy Wilson General Conference Seventh-day Adventists WOMEN'S MINISTRIES INTRODUCTION Abuse is a word weve become immune to,

because its the kind of thing that other people do: awful people who live in awful places and do awful things that we dont do. We all need the power of God to overcome our tendency to lift ourselves by putting down others. THE GREAT DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE CHARACTER

OF CHRIST AND THE CHARACTER OF SATAN IS SELF: SATAN IS ENTIRELY SELFISH WHILE CHRIST IS ENTIRELY SELFLESS. 2 CORINTHIANS 3:18 we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord,

are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. The restoration and uplifting of humanity begins in the home Out of the heart are the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23). Ministry of Healing, p. 349

THE MARRIAGE COVENANT: God intended the marriage relationship to reflect the selfless symbiosis of the Godhead, a reciprocity of mutual affection and self sacrifice.

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Philippians 2:3 enditnow

Even in our own Seventh-day Adventist movement, we find evidence revealing that selfish disregard and abusive contempt for those closest to us is far too prevalent. By Gods pardoning and empowering grace, we must end it now.

A Truly Loving Relationship A TRULY LOVING RELATIONSHIP The propensity to mistreat those whom we are covenant-bound to cherish and uplift is a tendency that must be overcome through the regenerating grace that only Jesus Christ can provide.

A Truly Loving Relationship EPHESIANS 5:25-29 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such

thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. Let those who stand as husbands study the words of Christ, not to find out how complete must be the

subjection of the wife, but how he may have the mind of Christ, and become purified, refined, and fit to be the lord of his household. All wicked passions must be overcome, and the love which Christ has exercised toward His church must be symbolized in the family circle. Husbands who are husbands in deed and in truth will do those things which make for peace." The fruit of Christian love will be seen

in the courtesy, in the holy, tender affection that is manifested in the home. Manuscript Releases, Vol.21,p.217 When a man is. domineering, it causes his wife to wish that she had never entered the marriage relation, but when married life is what it should be,

it is a representation of life in heaven. Manuscript Releases, Vol.21,p.217 EVEN IN OUR OWN CHURCH. . . Men who should be spiritual protectors have abdicated that responsibility and instead become dismissive,

neglectful, and abusive of those placed in their trust. THE CHRISTIAN HOME NEEDS: Not merely the absence of abuse but the intentional cultivation

of mutual respect and positive edification. Those for whom Christ sacrificed Himself are deserving of our genuine love and most sincere regard. ROMANS 12:9, 10 Let love be without hypocrisy.

Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good. Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another. BECOMING NEW BY HIS SPIRIT

Whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets(Matthew 7:12). In one simple, practical ordinance, Christ summarized all Scripture and outlined the operating principle of heavenly society. While the wind is itself invisible, it produces effects that

are seen and felt. So the work of the Spirit upon the soul will reveal itself in every act of him who has felt its saving power. When the Spirit of God takes possession of the heart, it transforms the life. Sinful thoughts are put away, evil deeds are renounced; love, humility, and peace take the place of anger, envy, and strife. Joy takes the place of sadness, and the countenance reflects the light of heaven. No one sees the hand that lifts the burden, or beholds the light descend from the courts above.

The blessing comes when by faith the soul surrenders itself to God. Then that power which no human eye can see creates a new being in the image of God. It is impossible for finite minds to comprehend the work of redemption. Its mystery exceeds human knowledge; yet he who passes from death to life realizes that it is a divine reality. The beginning of redemption we may know here through a personal experience. Its results reach through the eternal ages.


who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. 1 JOHN 2:1 My little children, these things I write to you,

so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. ROMANS 8:31-39 If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all how will he not also, along with him,

graciously give us all things? For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. PSALM 139:23, 24

Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. 1 JOHN 1:9 And when the Spirit of Truth convicts you of sin, dont be discouraged but run to the arms of Jesus

who promises: If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

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