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Interupted by Love - “Neighbors”

December 2, 2018
Today we are going to talk about WHEN THE RIGHT TIME IS TO LOVE!
 
It’s Always The Right Time to Show Love!
 
The satisfaction of everyday life pales in comparison to the satisfaction that comes from allowing the Holy Spirit to interrupt our lives.
 
INTERRUPTED BY LOVE - it’s always a great thing!
 
Let’s Read together today:
 
John 4:34-35
34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
35 Say not ye, There are yet four months, and then cometh harvest? behold, I say unto you, Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
 
While the disciples go off for lunch, Jesus stays behind at the well where He encounters the Samaritan woman. He spends His afternoon ministering to her and when the disciples return they are so confused by how He chose to block out His day. They are so caught up with making sure Jesus had something to eat that they miss the fact He was doing something much more important.
 
How often do we….
 
Like Jesus - become purposeful about showing love to and ministering to those who God is directing us to LOVE?
 
Jesus made it His mission to meet with this woman and make a difference in her life. Even though she resisted, and even though she acted like she didn’t want to be bothered by Him. (How many people do you know that act just like this woman?) They avoid, change the subject, divert…etc.
 
Like the Disciples - Lose sight of what is most important for the temporary things of life.
 
It is so easy to sacrifice eternal things for temporary things that won’t really matter in a few days let alone years! LOVE is always in season!
 
 
We need to be ready at any moment for the opportunity to show the love of Christ to someone. Ephesians 5:15-18 reminds us to “make the best use of the time.”
 
15 Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, 16 making the most of your time, because the days are evil. 17 So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit
Why don’t we start looking for more opportunities to make the most of our time and SHARE the love of Jesus!
 
Jesus is the perfect example that there is never a bad time to allow the Holy Spirit to use you. Even while on the cross, moments away from death, He turned to thief next to him and showed him love by giving him a way to make things right. 
 
How many times to we get consumed in our own worlds and forget about the things that those around us are going through? We need to be aware (through the power of the Holy Ghost) of the needs of those around us! It is always the right time to LOVE!
 
HERE IS YOUR CHALLENGE FOR THIS WEEK: 
I want to challenge you to have a conversation with God every day this week before you start your day, and tell God that you are ready and willing to be interrupted—even when it is an inconvenience to you. God will give you interruptions like you can’t even imagine.