How Do I Love “We?” (Learning to Love One Another): The Better Way (1 Corinthians 13)

1 Corinthians 13:1–13 (NKJV)
13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

True Value
Tongues without Love is just Noise
Prophecy without Love is just Words
Charity without Love is Profitless

4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

What Love is Not and Does Not

Love is not:
Puffed Up
Provoked

Love Does Not:
Envy
Parade itself
Behave rudely
Seek its own
Think evil
Rejoice in iniquity

What Love Is and Does

Love is:
Kind

Love Does:
Suffer long
Rejoices in truth
Bears all things
Believes
Hopes
Endures
8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.

The Durability of Love

Love Never Fails!
Prophecies will fail, Tongues will cease, Knowledge will pass away
The part vs. the perfect

11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Growing Up In Love

When I became a man?
Putting Away Childish Things
Perfect Sight; Perfect Knowledge
The Greatest of These…
…is LOVE.

Agape
Selfless
Outwardly Focused
Unconditional
Long Lasting

Paul lifts up the need for love in the life of the Christian. All the spiritual gifts are ineffective without love. We must have unity in the body, and the only way to have unity is to have love. The greatest exhibition of power or manifestation is moot without love.

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