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1 Corinthians 13:1-8
Pastor Ron Johnson
Context: ____________ and ________ were running rampant within the church and Paul wasn't about to remain silent.
So the Apostle Paul... moved by the Spirit of God is now addressing the Corinthians and wants them to know that even though Spiritual gifts were clearly present within the church, __________ wasn't.
I Corinthians 13:1-8
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.8 Love never ends.
Here’s a description of what love DOES and DOES NOT do.
Love is _________. That is to say it's long suffering. And this definitely involves more than simply being able to wait a long period of time. Love is patient in this sense, it’s patient even when someone wrongs you (Prov 19:11).
Love is KIND. In other words, REAL LOVE not only suffers long, but instead of paying back evil with evil, it's willing to go so far as to pay back evil with good. It also finds practical ways to help others.
Love doesn’t ENVY (want what others have).
It also doesn’t BOAST. No gifts were given so that people might say “_________ ___ ____!”
Love is not ARROGANT. This word literally means ________ ____. ". In a practical sense, it means that people acting in a truly loving manner don't consider themselves more important or impressive than they really are!
Love is not _______. It acts like a “gentleman”. Being honest is virtuous when it's true honesty, but being brutally blunt isn't. Love is courteous, polite and tactful.
Love doesn’t insist on ITS OWN WAY. It is by definition others-oriented (Phil 2:4).
It is not IRRITABLE. We usually try to make this sound nicer by replacing it with words like MOODY or TOUCHY, but to be irritable is to have an ANGER problem.
Love isn't ___________. Quite literally, it thinks no evil. Someone once said “One of the great arts in life is to learn how to forget!”
Love doesn’t REJOICE IN WRONGDOING or finds pleasure in things that are wrong.
On the contrary, it does the opposite. Love REJOICES WITH THE _________..
Then in v 7, Paul offers a quick summary and we see the phrase “all things” appear 4 times.
Love BEARS all things, BELIEVES all things, HOPES all things and ENDURES all things.
In short, there's no let down, put down or even insult that REAL LOVE can't BEAR.
Paul says love BELIEVES all things. The idea here is definitely not that love is gullible, but as far as it relates to our interaction with other people, it means that love ___________ to ___________ or __________ the ________ about someone.
Love HOPES all things... that is to say no matter how unimpressive or even messed up a particular situation or even someone might be right now, you expect that with God's help, it can and will change for the better.
It ENDURES all things. In short, there's no attack it can't withstand or enemy it can't defeat with God’s help (whether that be Satan or anyone else for that matter).
Prompts for Personal Reflection / Application
Psalm 119:18 Open my eyes, that I may behold
wondrous things out of your law.
Applying 1 Corinthians 13
1) How does Paul’s description of love compare to how the world often thinks about it?
2) How does it make you feel to know that God loves you with the type of love described in this passage? Truly grasping this will be a big help in loving others.
3) Identify 3 ways that love acts or does not act according to this passage that you’d like to see God help you grow in love? Ask for his help.
4) Did God speak to your heart today about how you’ve failed to love someone? If so, what should you do and are you willing (with God’s help) to start doing it?