Loving Well: Quality Time, Various Texts

November 24th, 2017

Loving Well: Quality Time

Various Texts

Quality Time

  • Time spent in giving another person one's undivided attention in order to strengthen a relationship

    • It is about being present
    • Including being a good listener
  • Don’t confuse quantity with quality

 

God as the Lover

  • God is shown throughout Scripture spending time with people

    • Adam & Eve (Gen. 3:8a)

      • It was only after they sinned that they hid from God (Gen. 3:8b)
    • Abraham is called “friend of God” and they spoke together often (Gen. 8:17ff, 2 Chron. 20:7; Jas. 2:23)
    • As was Moses, spending time in His presence (Ex. 33:11)
    • The Tabernacle is often called the Tent of Meeting because it was where Israel would come to be with God
    • Overwhelmingly, Scripture speaks to God’s desire to be near His people (Ps. 34:18; 145:17-18)

 

Our Response of Love

  • As God desires to be near to us, we need to desire to be near to Him (Ps. 73:28; Isa. 55:6)
  • One the best ways to do this is through Quiet Times
    • Time spent in prayer and the Bible alone
    • Giving God our undivided attention

 

Loving One Another

  • Make time together a priority

    • For couples: Dates, devotions, prayer, daily face time
    • For families: Family game night, devotions, prayer, dates with your kids
    • For friends: studies, prayer, fun together
  • Being present when we are together
    • Face time over screen time
  • As a Church when we gathered together, Jesus promises to be in our midst (Matt 18:20)
    • Worship: Coming before God together (Col. 3:16)
    • Fellowship: Small or large events together (Heb. 10:24-25)
    • Hospitality: Inviting people into our homes (Rom. 12:13; 1 Pet. 4:9)
  • It is about doing life together

 

Loving Our Community

  • Being available to others
  • Be a good listener
  • Support community events with our presence

 

Know Yourself to Love Other Better

  • God is the master Lover who loves in ways that connects with us
  • We are allowed to experience God as He made us
    • And we are not going to always thrive in giving and receiving love in each of these ways
  • We must strike a balance between speaking our own language well
    • While being stretched to speak others’ language too

 

So What?

  • Are we loving through how we use our time?

    • Making others a priority in our schedules
    • Giving others our undivided attention

 

Meditation Verse: Hebrews 10:24-25

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