Unconditional Love

During June, we are talking about strengthening family relationships. We’re learning about three important principles (humility, love, & forgiveness) that will improve any relationship, no matter how damaged. Today, we’re going to examine 1 Corinthians 13. It is the highpoint of the Christian experience to demonstrate the type of love described in this chapter.

I. APPLYING THE CONTEXT TO OUR TOPIC:

    1. Corinth was a church full of conflict. Separation, lawsuits, carnality, and pride.
    2. 2 Corinthians 12.20: quarreling, jealousy, anger, hostility, slander, gossip, conceit, and disorder.
    3. Love should mark us as a key characteristic of our life.
    4. How do we get there? Galatians 5.16-25.

II. THE PERFECTION OF LOVE (What does love do? How does it behave?)

    1. 13.4
      1. 4a – Love is patient (1) and kind (2).
      2. 4b – Love does not envy (3) or boast (4). It is not arrogant (5).
    2. 13.5
      1. 5a – Love is not rude (6).
      2. 5b – It does not insist on its own way (7). Love yields all personal rights.
      3. 5c – It is not irritable (8).
      4. 5d – It is not resentful (9).
    3. 13.6
      1. 6a – It does not rejoice at wrongdoing (10).
      2. 6b – instead of applauding sin, it rejoices with the truth (11).
    4. 13.7
      1. 7a – Bears all things (12) – means to cover with silence. See 1 Peter 4.8 – Love covers a multitude of sins.
      2. 7b – Believes all things (13). It’s not suspicious. Believes the best.
      3. 7c – Hopes all things (14).
      4. 7d – Endures all things (15) – a military term. Idea: sustain. Love holds on.

CONCLUSION

    1. 1 Corinthians 13.13 – Love’s preeminence. Are you demonstrating it in your life?
    2. Galatians 5.22-25 – Relationships will improve when we take the focus off of self.
    3. Do you need Jesus?

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