Let’s Talk about Love… Again!
1st Corinthians 13
I’m discovering and rediscovering some really amazing things about our Heavenly Father. And even as I was contemplating on what I wanted to write about and talk to you about, our Father reminded me of his word that you and I can find in the book of Jeremiah 33:3. This is where he admonishes us to “Call unto him, and he tells us that he will answer us, and show us great and mighty things which we know not. Even when I read this passage of scripture I began to see it also with a clearer understanding. I knew then, that he had something great in store for us concerning this lesson.
A few years ago, the Lord really started ministering the ministry of love to me in a very profound way. That is… profound to myself anyhow. Hence, I guess that’s where the title of this lesson comes from. Because you see, just about three years ago to date is when I asked the Lord this question, when I asked him why do I keep going in and out of fellowship with him? He answered me speedily and told me that it is because of the love factor. He went on to tell me that until I truly learned how to love him with all my heart, and with all of my soul, with all my mind, and with all of my strength, I would continue to go in and out of fellowship with him.
So, from that time until forever, my main prayer request is that God would allow me to experience a love for him that is so deep, so faithful, a love that is so obedient and passionate that it surpasses any love that I have ever had for any woman or any other personal relationship that I will encounter.
Our Father also showed me that until I learn to have a proper love for him, that I will not love, nor understand how to love myself properly. And if I don’t or didn’t love myself properly…I could never love others the right way either.
We all know the golden rule. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. But the world has a lot of us in the church so enamored with it’s philosophy of… get them before they get me and do unto others as they have done unto me mentality, it’s hard to distinguish the child of God from the child of Satan. This is a philosophy that is rooted in lies, pride, fear and selfishness.
We have learned recently that it’s the lies that are believed, is what breaks the circle of love and trust. When the circle of love and trust is disrupted and broken the natural fruit of it, is fear, and followed by fear is the pride of life and selfishness. The Bible teaches us that God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 1st Timothy 1:7. We also read in 1st John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love cast out fear: because fear hath torment. The Apostle John also goes on to tell us that “He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
So, what does, or better yet, who does perfect love look like? And how does perfect love behave? This is what we will be discussing today. And in doing so it is my deep desire that I might by the grace of God, and the power of the Holy Spirit impart to you all some spiritual gift to the end that you may be established, rooted and grounded in love and steadfast in the faith of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Well the truth of the matter is that when we ask the question of who and what does perfect love look like, most of us, if not all of us as believers in the Christian faith would answer “The Lord Jesus”. And we would be perfectly correct. We need God the Holy Spirit to remove the veil from our hearts and to open the eyes of our understanding that we might get a closer and a more intimate look at our LORD and Savior. Have you had a good look at the Lord Jesus lately?
While contemplating on this thing called love, the thought came to me to study through the behavioral traits that we find in 1st Corinthians 13 and co-inside them with the events and the acts of love that we find in the 4 Gospels performed by Jesus our Lord himself. But, as I pondered this thought it then dawned on me that we only need to take notice of the Cross and the Crucifixion of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ. This was and is, and always will be the greatest act of love by anyone that exist or shall exist. Our Lord himself said it this way in John 15:13 “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends”.
Our Scripture text for today will be found in 1st Corinthians 13 a.k.a The Love Chapter.
We understand that 1st Corinthians was authored by the Apostle Paul believed to be written around 56 A.D. He wrote this as a letter of correction to the church at Corinth because of all the problems the church was experiencing.
- In the Church today we still have sin in the pulpit as well as in the congregation.
- We still experience divisions and factions.
- We still argue about the gifts of the Holy Spirit and gifts are misused.
- We still struggle with love.
Our main focus today, and as it should be on all days, will be on love.
When we study in the book of 1st Corinthians we find in chapter 12, the Apostle Paul teaching and admonishing the Church about the importance and correct use of spiritual gifts. In chapter 14, he puts emphasis on the gifts of prophecy and of tongues and how our gifts are to be used in public worship. And right smack dab in the middle of it all we find chapter 13, The Love Chapter. This spoke to me in the since that love should always be our central focus.
Love is the greatest gift that we can acquire and give. Love is the gift that keeps on giving. Love is far more important than any other spiritual gift that we can obtain. God is Love and Love is of God. He has bestowed his love upon us through our Savior Jesus Christ because he is good and all the time good. Therefore, we must choose to love one another.
Let’s read 1st Corinthians 13
1Co 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
1Co 13:2 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, and have not charity, I am nothing.
1Co 13:3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
1Co 13:4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
1Co 13:5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
1Co 13:6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
1Co 13:7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
1Co 13:8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
1Co 13:9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
1Co 13:10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
1Co 13:11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
1Co 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
1Co 13:13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
Key verse in chapter 13 .v13
“And now these three remain: faith, hope, love. But the greatest of these is love”.
The Bible tells us in Galatians 5:6 “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love”. What this tells me is that if we need the kind of faith that’s going to move mountains, we better get our love walk together. If we are going to be a church that provokes the sinner and the lost to jealousy that they desire to serve the living God, we better get our love walk right. If we are going to be a people that will make our Lord and savior Jesus Christ famous for what he has done for us, we better get our love walk in order. Glory to the name of Jesus!
Quotable Quote for today is by: William Blake
‘Love seaketh not itself to please, nor for itself hath any care.
But for another gives it’s ease, and builds a heaven in hell’s despair.
As we go forth this week let us reflect and focus on the things of Love. The Word of God tells us to “set our affection”. Well, let’s set our affection on Love. God is Love and Love is of God. Jesus said if we love him we would do what he says. He said for us to love one another as he has loved us.