Text: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 (HCSB)
Intro: there is no question, what the world needs more than anything else is love. If people loved each other, really loved each other, there would be no more war, crime, abuse, injustice, poverty, hunger, starvation, homelessness, deprivation, or immorality. Love is the one ingredient that could revolutionize society. Love is the greatest quality of human life. Love is the supreme quality, the most excellent way for a man to live. Have we so quickly forgotten the cross and what Christ did on it for us? Shouldn’t this be the greatest example of love?
In the chapter that preceded this text today Paul speaks of the diversity of spiritual gifts but also leads to this chapter and the importance of charity. Charity the power of love.
- Love conquers all bickering and brings blessing
- Love builds fellowship and restores faith
- Love draws together and brings lost sinners to salvation
Application: Full Surrender to the Holy Spirit produces this Love in us!
Greek Pronunciation: Agapē: ag-ah’-pay
1. The Powerlessness of Service without Love (vv. 1–3)
The whole gospel message is God’s great love story.
Speaking Without Love is Just Noise - No matter how you speak - you are weak without love. No matter your words - they are worthless without love. No matter how sincere - you will fail without love.
Spiritual Gifts Without Love are Just Nothing - The gift of prophecy: Knowing the future. The gift of understanding: All the mysteries. The gift of knowledge: Knowledge of God’s will. The gift of faith: Power to move mountains.
Sacrifice Without Love Is Just Nonsense - Bestow all my goods to feed the poor. Give my body to be burned.
2. The Practical Effects of Love (vv. 4–7)
Love suffereth long: Puts up with many things. Peter asks Jesus: “How many times shall I forgive?” What small things can shake and break us!
- Love is kind. The positive side.
- Love envieth not. Envy springs from catering to self.
- Love vaunteth not itself. Is not puffed up.
- Does not behave itself unseemly. Seeketh not her own.
- Is not easily provoked. Not irritable.
- Thinketh no evil. Hardly notices when others do it wrong.
- Rejoiceth not in iniquity. Never glad about injustice.
- Rejoiceth in the truth. Beareth all things.
3. The Permanence of Love (vv. 8–13)
Eternal: everlasting, undying, unending, never-ending, endless, timeless, ceaseless and literally on and on and on.
Love never faileth. Will not get obsolete (outdated), the bible tells us prophecy will fail, tongues will cease even the special gift of knowledge will disappear. BUT NOT LOVE! It remains.
“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)
You will experience a Powerlessness of Service without Love, leaving no Practical Effects and not being able to appreciate Permanence of Love. Full Surrender to the Holy Spirit produces this Love in us. Question is have you received God’s eternal love?
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