[Love] always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:7-8 Agape love always protects. There are a few obvious ways in which this is true, such as when a husband protects his wife or a mother protects her child. But what about our love for the rest of the world? … Continue reading Agape love goes the distance
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. - 1 Corinthians 13:6 Loving someone doesn't mean standing by and allowing a sinful pattern in their life to go unchecked. Especially someone that claims to be a Christian. Earlier in his letter to the church at Corinth, Paul admonished the believers for bragging … Continue reading Tell them the truth!
My study of the "love chapter" is really revealing things to me about the way I show love to people. Allowing God's Word to soak in like this helps me as I try to replace the way I have been doing things with the way I should be doing them. Clearly I will remain a … Continue reading Short fuse, long list
[Love] is not rude, it is not self-seeking - 1 Corinthians 13:5 Being rude is so much more than just not using your manners or budging to the front of the line. The Greek word used here is more about a way of life. A character trait that describes a person that couldn't care less … Continue reading It’s not about me
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. - 1 Corinthians 13:4 Anytime we wish that we had things the way someone else does we will get ourself into trouble. Envy will change our entire focus and it will become the driving force behind all that we do. If we … Continue reading Don’t envy… don’t boast
Love is patient, love is kind. (1 Corinthians 13:4) As I examined the first sentence of the love chapter, I reflected back on recent days of my own life. Have I been patient and kind? Well, right off the bat I know I could use a lot of refining in this area when it comes … Continue reading Patient & kind
The lead into to the "love chapter" (1 Corinthians 13) comes on the heals of Paul explaining to the church the special gifts they have received as part of the body of Christ. As he finishes explaining these gifts, given by God to accomplish his purposes, he makes a statement that leads right into his … Continue reading The most excellent way
Recently my pastor gave a sermon on love and on the famous "love chapter" (1 Corinthians 13). I know. We've heard countless sermons on love and can probably recite or at least cite this chapter from all of the weddings we've been to. But he shed some new light on the whole "agape love" thing … Continue reading Love – our “secret sauce”