What is love?
(A Study on 1st. Corinthians Chapter 13)
1st. Corinthians Chapter 13.
Verse 1-3 (Gifts are valueless unless exercised with love) We are nothing if we do not use love in everything we do.
Galations 5:22 The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance. This is Agape love, or divine love. A strong, ardent, tender, compassionate love.
We need to make sure our day to day lives revolve around love:
Does our love show in the home?
Does our love show at school?
Does our love show at work?
We love people in different ways:
I love God first, and above all others.
I love my wife differently that I love my children, etc.
Love needs to be the underlying factor in all we do. There can be no hidden agendas, it must remain simple and pure. Don't pretend to love someone for selfish gain. (Don't go around telling someone that you love them with the love of Christ, and turn around and talk about him).
It is also important that we love ourselves:
What will it profit us if we love the world and loose our soul in the process?
We were made in God's image. He loves us so much that he gave us Jesus. We have many reasons to love, if nothing else, we need to love Christ for what he did for us.
Verse 4-7 (9 Characteristics of Love)
Love passive. Love is in no hurry; it believes, hopes and endures all things
Love in action (are you kind?) Never acts rashly or insolently. Love is never inconsistent, puffed up, or proud.
Love in competition. Love is not envious or jealous.
Love in hiding: No parades, puts on no airs; works then retires.
Love in society: Never behaves unseemly; always polite. Never rude or discourteous.
Love in essence: Never selfish or bitter. Seeks out only the good of others. Does not seek revenge.
Love in disposition: Never irritated, never resentful.
Love in conduct: Hates sin, never glad when others go wrong. Is slow to expose, and is always eager to believe in the best. Always hopeful and enduring.
Love in profession: Never boastful and conceited. Not a hypocrite, always honest. Leaves only true impressions. Always just, joyful and truthful. Knows how to be silent and is full of trust.
Verse 8-13 (Gifts are temporary but love and other graces are eternal)
Love never fails, but our words can. Lets do everything in love. Lets strive to love one another and ourselves just as Christ does.