LOVE IS THE LORD'S
Is it Yours ?
I CORINTHIANS 13
WITH GOD THERE IS NO COMPARISON
1. LOVE IS ESSENTIAL - 13:1
2. LOVE IS INCOMPARABLE - 13:1-3
WITH LOVE THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE
3. LOVE'S CHARACTER 13:4-8
WITH LOVE THERE IS NO END
4. DESTINY IN LOVE 13:9-13
Have what you will, give what you want, but without love you might as well drop over a cliff.
You become a human antic, a subject for divine reproof, a divorcee from God, an event without a hallowed heart, a heart without depth.
In fact, you sound, but you give little meaning; you give music, but it has no charm.
Love operates in character
is never a bursting boil, but ever filled with grace
has no scar tissue,
abhors being selfish,
or having self-exhibition
never reacts, only responds,
dwells with hope of others and their ways,
has no time for evil romps,
for evil's successes, statistics and star-gazing,
but abides in closest intimacy
In verse 7, we see that it -
finds nothing irresolvable,
Love never fails, and in this it is
now wonderful already, but at the time of resurrection, complete;
and though tongues can rattle things off, then the light is all-comprehending.
Faith reaches truth, but love shows it;
hope waits for perfection,
but love has it.
In every act, decision, thrust in your life, ask then this question:
Does love motivate it ?
activate it ?
endue it ?
This is possible only if, as an adopted child of God, love is shed abroad, dispersed in your heart
(Romans 5:5, Ephesians 1:3, Romans 8:6-19).