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Love is the greatest


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Tony Finch continues our "Aspects of Love" series with "Love is the Greatest", 1 Corinthians 13.

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Love is the greatest

  1. 1. LOVE IS THE GREATEST 1 Corinthians 13
  2. 2. ONE-ANOTHER-NESS • Love one another. • 1 John 4: 9-11. Love one another. • 1 Peter 1:22 Deeply, from the heart. • Romans 12:10 Be devoted to one another.
  3. 3. AGAPE LOVE • A sacrificial love that voluntarily suffers inconvenience, discomfort and even death for the benefit of another without expecting anything in return. • The highest form of love that regards the object of that love as infinitely precious.
  4. 4. LOVE IN ACTION • 1 John 3:18 Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. God so loved the world that he gave.
  5. 5. LOVE SEEN IN PRACTICE • The necessity and advantage of the grace of love. • It’s possible to be lavishly open handed with our gifts and money, but not have an open and loving heart. • If we give away all we have but withhold our heart from God, it will not profit us.
  6. 6. 1 CORINTHIANS 13 • Some of the effects of charity (love) are stated, that we may know whether we have this grace; and that if we have not, we may not rest till we have it. This love is a clear proof of regeneration. Matthew Henry
  7. 7. LOVE IS… • PATIENT – it never gives up. • KIND – extending good to others. • NOT ENVIOUS – doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. • NOT BOASTFUL OR PROUD – arrogant and inflated with pride. • NOT RUDE – unseemly, discourteous, uncivil to others.
  8. 8. LOVE IS • NOT SELF-SEEKING – not insisting on its own right, its own way. • NOT EASILY ANGERED – touchy, fretful, resentful. • KEEPS NO RECORD OF WRONGS – takes no account of the evil done to it – pays no attention to a suffered wrong.
  9. 9. LOVE • DOES NOT DELIGHT IN EVIL – makes allowances for the fall or failings of others. • REJOICES WITH THE TRUTH – when right and truth prevail, even if someone else looks good rather than me! • ALWAYS PROTECTS, TRUSTS, HOPES, PERSEVERES
  10. 10. LOVE IS THE GREATEST VERSES 8-13 • Now, we are like children trying to grasp things that are way beyond us – but then we will know. • Now, we have only a poor idea and understanding – then we shall understand fully.
  11. 11. LOVE IS THE GREATEST VERSES 8-13 • All other things, experiences, gifts, have a ‘use by’ date on them but not LOVE.