The “Love” Chapter

“The LOVE Chapter”
I Corinthians 13:1-3

INTRODUCTION

  • If you have been a Christian, a scholar in the Word of God long, you must know that this passage of scripture in I Corinthians 13 is and always has been called “The Love Chapter.”
  • Now if I were to ask you this morning on this Sunday of February 14th, 2016 “Valentine’s Day”… “If you were a writer and wrote in your book a “LOVE CHAPTER” what would it contain?” How would you describe love?
  • Paul here in this chapter writes to the church in Corinth who obviously had no idea of what love was.
  • The funny thing is, that Paul did not write this letter from his experience of love from a wife, he wasn’t married. He didn’t write it from a Jewish perspective of friendship love. The Jews detested him. God wrote it, through the hands of Paul.
  • Of all the commodities in the world today that one could possess, LOVE is got to be #1.
  • In fact, here is what the Bible says about “love…”
  1. I Cor. 13:13…And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
  2. 1 Peter 4:8…And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
  3. 1 John 4:8…He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.  
  4. Romans 13:8…Owe no man anything, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. 9) For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 10) Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
  • As bad as I hate to say it… I believe that this one important ingredient that is missing from a Christian’s life.
  • I believe that “LOVE” is missing from the church today.
  • The Bible never defines love, it describes love.
  • Love is not some squishy, ewy-goowy feeling. It is an action taken or given.
  • To understand the bible in the N.T. you must know some Greek here in
    I Corinthians 13:4-7. Note in these verses Paul writes… “Love is patient, and love is kind, love is not this and that…” and what you see in the English are adjectives describing love.
  • But in the Greek, there are no adjectives here, these are all verbs. And verbs describe action.
  • Love is not something you describe with adjectives; love is something you describe with verbs because love is only described, it is not defined. Love is only love when it acts. And that’s the way it’s presented in the Word of God.

 

I. If You Have No Love, You Are Nothing

   A) Wasting your time

  • This is what Paul is saying in verses 1-3.
  • 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.
  • Paul is saying in verse one… even if I speak in tongues and it doesn’t come out of a true heart of love, then I am making a lot of noise like a horn or cymbals for nothing.
  • 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.
  • Paul says in verse 2, even if I have the gift of preaching, and understanding of God’s Word, and even if I have much faith in God, if I do not preach and teach from my heart and have faith in my heart out of love, it means nothing.
  • 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.
  • In verse 3, Paul says …even if I give everything I own to the poor, or give my life as a martyr for the cause of Christ and I do not have love in my heart while doing it…It profits me nothing. I have done these things for nothing. Wasted my time.
  • In everything you do for God, or others, it must be done out of love for those to whom you are doing it for.
  • EXAMPLES:
  1. Why do you come to church? Is it out of a true love for God, or to make you look good?
  2. When you bought your Valentine a present for Valentine’s Day, did it come from a heart of love? Or did you do it because “It’s Valentine’s Day?”
  • When you read I Corinthians chapters 1-12… you get to feeling kind of dirty, and filthy with all of what Paul was dealing with in the Corinthian church. I mean…divisions and contentions among the brethren in chapter one, and chapters two and three dealing with a lack of spiritual maturity, wisdom. And then in chapters 4-5 dealing with immorality in the church. Chapter six dealing with brethren taking other brethren to court for monetary gain. Chapters seven, they were not keeping their wedding vows living like the uncircumcised (Gentiles), and so on.
  • Then you come to chapter 13 and finally get to a good chapter dealing with Love.

II. Characteristics of Love

   A) Long suffering

  • I Corinthians 13:4…Charity suffereth long,
  • “long suffering” means patient. You see folks, the Corinthian church was short on patience.
  • When you truly love someone, you will have an overwhelming amount of patience. In fact, when others forsake, you will stand steadfast.
  • When others give up trying, you are just getting started.
  • The Greek word for suffereth is makrothumeō or makrothumia. It means… patience with people.
  • This is a word that describes a person who never retaliates.
  • Longsuffering is the action of a person who is wronged and never gets even.
  • In the Greek world, this was never considered to be a virtue. This was considered to be a sign of weakness. In fact, Aristotle said that the great Greek virtue is the refusal to tolerate any insult or injury and a readiness to strike back at any hurt.
  • The sad thing is, this is the exact philosophy of today’s society.
  • A ROLE MODEL FOR LONGSUFFERING… Is God.
  • Look at Romans 2:4… Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
  • In other words…Somebody who constantly turns his back on God is despising God’s patience, His long suffering.
  1. Peter said in II Peter 3:9 …The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
  2. In Luke 23:34…Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
  3. And Stephen when stoned to death said in Acts 7:60…And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
  • Do want to examine the patience of God? In the 5 to 6000 years of existence in this world, can you imagine the amount of patience God has shown toward us.
  • I mean, just in Israel’s wilderness wanderings alone would test the patience of Job.
  • How many times God could have destroyed the earth and did not.
  • Here’s an interesting story of Abraham Lincoln – Abraham Lincoln made a lot of friends and a lot of enemies too. One man who became a rather outspoken enemy was named Stanton. Stanton just despised Lincoln. He was one time quoted to say that Lincoln was a low, cunning clown. And on another occasion he nicknamed him the original gorilla, and he said that it was ridiculous for people to go to Africa, wandering around trying to find a gorilla when they could find one easily in Springfield, Illinois. Stanton was very bitter toward Lincoln and Lincoln never ever replied to him. Never said a word to him. Then when Lincoln became president, it came time to choose war minister for the United States government and Lincoln chose Stanton. Somebody said, “Why?” He said, “Because he’s the best man.” The years went on and the biographer said this: “The night when the assassin’s bullet tore out Lincoln’s life, in the little room to which the President’s body was taken, there stood that same Stanton, looking down into the silent face of Lincoln in all its ruggedness, and speaking through his tears, these words: ‘There lies the greatest ruler of men the world has ever seen.’” He never accepted Lincoln’s politics, but he couldn’t resist his patience. He couldn’t resist the non-retaliating spirit of the man.

B) Being Kind

  • In Our text of I Cor. 13, note verse 4b)…and is kind;
  • Again, the church at Corinth lacked being kind. They didn’t even know the word.
  • Kind is a follower of patience. If you have no patience then you will not know how to be kind.
  • Kindness says, “I’ll give anything to my enemies, to meet their need.”
  • The root word in the Greek is “useful.”
  • “I will do anything that will be of use to another. I will live my life to benefit others.”
  • Matthew 5:43…Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44) But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
  • THIS IS KINDNESS. Turning the other cheek. This is LOVE!
  • The reason for doing this, acting in this manner as mentioned above in verse 43,44 is this…45) That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. You are not His child if you do not possess kindness.
  • Let me ask you couples today this question… “What have you done recently to your sweetheart to show kindness?” When your spouse has made you mad or irritated, how did you respond? Was it with kindness?
  • Again the words of Jesus ring out about kindness in Luke 6:35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again;
  • This is “kindness.” This is God-like. How do I know? Look at the rest of this verse… 35b)and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he(God) is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.”
  • You may say… “Well now wait a minute Bro. Ron, you have preached that God hates the wicked, and evil acting people are an abomination to Him, God hates and abhors lying, and etc.”
  • All that is true… but God also shows kindness to those whose heart is desiring to do that which is right in the sight of God.
  • Are you kind to your spouse? Are you kind to other church members? Are you kind to your children? Are you kind to your co-workers.
  • You know what? I would bet that we are more nice to the lost co-workers (Infidels) than we are our own children, or our spouse.
  • Two men are hiking coming towards each other on a foot wide cliff’s edge coming face to face and a decision as to how they can pass one another without knocking the other off the cliff. The one man lays down on the foot wide cliff and allows the other to walk over him. This is kindness. Allowing yourself to be “walked on” to let others move on.

C) Not being envious

  • Back in our text of I Corinthians 13:4c)…charity envieth not;
  • Envy was a big sin in the church at Corinth. Read chapter 3… The whole part of the third chapter s about envy.
  • There is another word for “envy.” It is “jealous.”
  • Jealousy says… “I want what he has.” Or “Why does she always get her way?” or “Why don’t they treat me that way?”
  • Love says… “If I need it God will supply me with it.” Or “I’m glad she got that.” Or “They deserve to be treated like that.”
  • The root word for “envy” in the Greek, means “to boil.”
  • This is exactly what the Corinthians were doing. Look at I Cor. 12:31) But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.
  • Please do not misunderstand this verse when it says… “..but covet the best gifts.” No man of God would preach that you should covet. In fact one of the 10 commandments saysThou shalt not what…covet.”
  • Paul is really telling the Corinthian church… You are coveting with much work, the best gifts!
  • Paul is merely repeating what he said in I Cor. 3:3…For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
  • Examine envy in the Bible…
  1. Satan is envious of God (The result Satan gets kicked out of heaven)
  2. Cain is envious of Abel (the result is Cain killing Abel)
  3. Joseph’s brothers envious of Joseph (The result was a famine).
  4. Saul was envious of David, too much talent in one guy. David was a giant killer, a lion slayer, a talented musician, a poet, a good looking man, a leader of many. (Result of Saul’s envy was his son, and his own death)
  5. The prodigal Son was being envied by his brother
  6. Then there are the disciples, envious on the road with Jesus as to who’s going to sit on Jesus right hand of His throne.
  • Jealousy or envy gets you nothing but trouble, nothing but death, nothing but heartache.
  • I would dare say that every one of us here today has some bit of envy in our heart. What are we going to do about it?
  • “Love” rejoices when others win, when they are ridiculed, when trials come to themselves and by pass others.

 D) Love is not boastful

  • Back in our text of I Corinthians 13, now note again verse 4d)…charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
  • The word “vaunteth” means to lift up with pride, boastful, arrogant.
  • The word “vaunt” is a verbal sin of pride, where “puffed up” is an attitude of pride.
  • The root word of vaunt means “wind bag.”
  • In other words… Love is not a windbag. Love is not a person who always brags on themself. Love is not a person who thinks they know more than others.
  • You know, I would like to think that I am at least a good preacher/pastor. Am I “the best,” oh hardly, not even comparable to others that I have heard.
  • In fact the more I learn about the Bible, the worse I realize my condition.
  • The Corinthian problem was that they were a bunch of spiritual showoffs. They were totally inconsiderate of each other. They were constantly seeking public attention, and the Lorship over others. There was not one single mention in the entire Corinthian letter of an elder. They didn’t even have any leaders. As far as we know, nobody had responsibility. Paul finally says: “Will you tell the prophets to do something about it?”
  • Let us take a look at Paul’s letter here to the church at Corinth dealing with pride… 1 Corinthians 14:26 How is it then, brethren? when ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
  • “How is it then, brethren” Okay, they are brethren, they claim to be Godly, so Paul asks them “Why are you acting this way?”
  • “when ye come together,” When you come to serve the Lord out of “love” for Him, why do you act like this… and then he continues.
  • “..every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation.”
  • What he is saying here is that everyone has a favorite song to sing, everyone wants to sing a special song. Everyone has to expound on God’s word and what they believe that it means (They could care less what the man of God (pastor) says, I am wiser, I know more than he does.) Everyone speaks several languages and has to be the interpreter. Everyone has to tell of what marvelous thing God has done for them.
  • The Corinthian church was utter chaos. What a mess. Any visitor in that church would say… “These people are nuts!”
  • Note then Paul’s suggestion… “I Corinthians 14:26…Let all things be done unto edifying.
  • edifying (lifting up)” Who? You? I think not. When you volunteer to do something in the church, or for your spouse, DO IT OUT OF LOVE. Not boasting.
  • We are supposed to edify “others” not self.
  • Boasting is hurtful to yourself and others, and many times a long lasting pain.
  • Love is not “bigheaded” but rather “Big hearted.”
  • John the Baptist said it best when he saw Christ coming in John 3:30…He must increase, but I must

E) Love is not being rude

  • Back in our text of I Corinthians 13, note verse 5) Doth not behave itself unseemly,
  • The word “unseemly” here is translated “rudely, or bad manners.”
  • By rudely let’s make it simple… Everyone has their own mannerisms.
  • To some slurping soup is bad manners, and spitting is bad manners. In some countries crossing your legs and showing the sole of your foot towards another person is offensive. To some, you may be rude by not accepting an invitation to a party.
  • A true story of a pastor in a church had one of his newlyweds get an annulment because the husband kept burping uncontrollably. The judge granted it on the basis that if the husband truly loved her, he would quit burping. True story.
  • There you go folks… want a divorce? Start burping!
  • The whole idea is this. Is it wrong or a sin to burp? NO! It is only a sin when it “offends others!” Did you get that? Everyone is concerned about themself and could care even less about others. Hold your burp until you get into a private area or room and then let it rip!
  • I want to look at our Savior Jesus Christ and how he protected a lady from a rude situation in Luke 7. We all should remember the story.
  • One of the Pharisees (Simon) desired Christ to come to his house and since God is “no respecter of persons” he went.
  • A woman (prostitute) brought an alabaster box (very expensive perfume and ointment), and wept at Jesus feet, drying her tears with her hair and making a big scene.
  • Note now in Luke 7, verse 39) Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself,(He just thought this and Christ heard his thought) saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.
  • Now this Pharisee was not rude outwardly but rather inwardly and it hurt Christ, it was offensive to Christ, In fact I may go even further to say that it was offensive to God His Father.
  • 40) And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on. 41) There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. 42) And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? 43) Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. 44) And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. 45) Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. 46)
    My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. 47) Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.
    48) And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.
  • The man who invited Jesus to his house was shown by “The Master” who was showing love for their savior and who was not!
  • Love is shown by “action,” not by feelings, not by inward evil thoughts.
  • You know what? If I may expound a little to say that Simon (the Pharisee) may have been disgusted when she barged into the room. I believe that like most Christians He may have examined her in his pious mind, judged her, and then condemned her.
  • Had he been given the opportunity, he would have been rude and may have had her thrown out of his house. Christ prevented the woman from being attacked.
  • Christ was gracious to this woman, no matter her past, He showed LOVE.
  • God help us men, when we are rude to our wives. Wives, don’t be rude to your husbands. God knows our every thought and will judge us accordingly.
  • I pray that “being rude” is not in your “love chapter.”

F) Love seeks not its own

  •  Back in our text of I Corinthians 13:5b)…(Talking about charity/love)…seeketh not her own,
  • This means “not selfish.” God doesn’t like people who always say… “What about me? What about my needs, my desires? When is it my turn? Why didn’t you give that to me? You give money to others, where’s mine?
  • I mean face it folks, we all are guilty of this aren’t we?
  • It’s human nature. It’s part of our carnality, flesh? How do we control it?
  • Galatians 6:2…Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.
  • Mark 10:45 …For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
  • Folks, this is LOVE, ministering, helping others, NOT YOURSELF.

 G) Love is not provoked

  • Back into our text of I Corinthians 13, note verse 5c)…(charity/love)…is not easily provoked,
  • From the Greek word, we get our English word “paroxysm,” which means a sudden outburst.
  • In other words…Love never gets upset.
  • Do you ever get upset? Love never gets irritated. Love is never ready to fight.
  • What happens when a husband lashes out and lets his wife have it? Really punches her? It happens. Does he love her? No. No, he doesn’t love her.
  • If you don’t know by now, I will tell you that the secret to a successful life in Christ, a successful marriage, a successful church is “Self-Control.”
  • When someone does something we don’t like… “Get a grip,” “Handle it,” “Cool your jets.” Get yourself under control.
  • I guess I better stop somewhere but also keep in mind.
  • Love doesn’t blow up easily, or get “ticked off.”
  • Look at the apostle Paul for example; You see a man who never retaliated. Why?
  • Because he never saw himself having any rights. He never retaliated.
  • The only thing that angered Paul was the things that angered God. He was defending God’s righteousness.
  • Paul never cursed the people who stoned him, never got mad at somebody who got in his way when he was trying to preach a sermon, never got upset at those who jailed him, He never got angry or upset t those who brought up his past. Why?
  • Because Paul never saw anybody as violating his rights because he never considered anything a right, He saw everything being a duty.
  • And what is a Christian’s duty? LOVE. To love thy neighbor as thyself.
  • Do you know what was wrong in the Corinthian church?
  • Look at I Corinthians chapter 6…If you did one thing to offend a Corinthian brother, the next thing you know you’re in court – he’s suing you.
  • They were busy defending their rights.
  • This is why our court houses are so full, protests on capitol hill, road rage, etc.
  • I get so sick and tired of all these protesters complaining about their rights being violated… “What about my rights?” It’s not our “rights” to be Christian, it is our “privilege, and honor.”
  • You know what? It’s your privilege to be deaf, to be black, to be white, to be whatever.
  • L OVE IS SELFLESS. You don’t have rights. Love is never on the defensive. It never defends itself.

H) Love doesn’t think evil

  •  Back in our text of I Corinthians 13, note again verse 5d)(Talking about charity/love)… thinketh no evil;
  • The words “thinketh no evil” in the Greek is logizomai. And that word is an accountant’s word. It means “to keep a mathematical calculation.”
  • It is the word that is used in a ledger of a bookkeeper. And the reason you write things in a bookkeeper’s ledger is so that you won’t forget them, right? If your ledger does not balance out or your figures are inaccurate then someone will be in trouble.
  • What Paul is saying here in this simple but complex statement is that LOVE never keeps books on the evil done to it.
  • Love never keeps a running record of everybody’s offense. The idea is holding somebody accountable for some wrong or evil or injury. Love just forgives and forgets.
  • I get sick and tired of people who think that is their Christian duty to hold everyone accountable for their actions or sins.
  • God and Christ and His apostles always have taught more about love than accountability. God holds us accountable for our actions. But we are not to hold others accountable, only to “Love” which is to forgive and forget.
  • Look at the word logizomai. Logizomai is the very verb that is used in the New Testament to speak of the pardoning act of God.
  • We should know that God does not keep any books on our sin, and thus we should not keep any books on others sins.
  • The word logizomai is translated in the New Testament with this English word:
  • The word “imputed” is used in many passages.
  • Look at Romans 4:8…“Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.”
  • In other words…”Blessed is the man of whom the Lord will keep no record of evil.”
  • Romans 4:8 comes out of Psalms 32
  • Guess what folks? Thanks to the work of our Savior and Lord on the Cross, the only book I am in is the Lambs book of life. I believe that my name is there and next to it is marked “righteous by the blood of the lamb.” Praise the Lord!
  • Okay, you want another verse? Look at II Corinthians 5: 18…And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; 19) To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
  • There is a few big words here we need to make sure you understand.
  • “reconciled/reconciliation” means… to make friendly again. After we sin, ask forgiveness of that sin, then we are reconciled (made friendly) again to God through the blood of Jesus Christ.
  • “..and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation.” You want to know what your ministry is, the ministry of every believer, it is RECONCILIATION.
  • Every Christians should be continually making themselves friendly to those who wrong us, those who injure us, those who call us names, those who hate us. Hey, THIS IS LOVE! The Love of God.

I) Love never rejoices in iniquity

  • Now back in our text of I Corinthians 13, verse 6) Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
  • Do you remember there are three words we did a study on that many times are in one verse… sin, iniquity, and transgression.
  • We learned that the word “iniquity” is a perversion. It’s when you take something good and then you make it bad or ruin it.
  • Love is never happy at taking something that belongs to God or God’s people and making something evil out of it.
  • Some might say…“Well, certainly Christians would never rejoice in their sin.”
  • Really? What about the Corinthians in the 5th chapter? They were committing fornication, and incest, and they were proud of it.
  • In I Corinthians 5:2, they were literally boasting about it, “puffed up” it says.
  • I also believe that we should not rejoice (be happy, celebrate) over other people’s sins either.
  • Listen folks… you read the newspapers, and magazine articles, watch the news and it is full of immorality, sin, scandals, and fornication, incest, abuse and etc.
  • And you know what we do? We sit back and say… “Shame on them,” and we get a holier than thou attitude and finish by saying… “They ought to know better than that, what’s this world coming to?” We are rejoicing in their sin!
  • We are sitting inside our sanctimonious shell convincing ourselves that we’re really holy because we don’t do that and it’s kind of nice that somebody sins, because it gives us a standard to compare ourselves with. That’s rejoicing in iniquity.
  • I have another question… How could you rejoice over sin when you know the consequence?
  • I mean, you’ve really got to be stupid to get happy about hurting yourself.
  • Sin is a killer. Sin kills individuals, families, relationships, churches, and even whole countries. Why would you load your sin gun and shoot yourself?
  • Look at II Thessalonians 3:5…And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.
  • Verse 6… Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us. 7) For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;
  • You may say… “Well, if you love everybody, how can you discipline people?”
  • Because loving them is… hating their sinfulness.
  • Look down in verse 14… And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.
  • Pay attention here… You don’t fellowship with somebody that continually sins. We are to “have no company with them” WHY? “..that they may be ashamed,”
  • I can already hear some of you say… “I thought we are supposed to be forgiving and forgetting?” That’s right… After they have repented, after they have shown their mourning for their sin, or lamenting over it.
  • Now then let’s finish, verse 15) Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
  • LOVE is not having enemies. Hate their sin, but love the person.

J) Love never fails

  • In our text lets close quickly with verse “LOVE” ….7) Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
  • All the above is a repeat of what was said earlier… “Love shows patience.”
  • Verse 8) Charity never faileth” When you show love it will never fail to be a blessing to you and those recipients of Love.

 

Hopefully you realize what real, true “love” is all about

 

 

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