Sermon Notes: Love According To The Apostle Paul.

English: folio 150 recto of the codex, with th...

English: folio 150 recto of the codex, with the beginning of the 1. Epistle to the Corrinthians (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Paul had neither wife nor children. What he learned of love, he learned from the Love of Christ who saved him from a murderous and corrupt life. Even so there is much to be learned from Paul’s description of love and its qualities. His insights are useful not only in our relationship with God, but in our relationships here on earth. We find what Paul has to say in,

1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Love is patient, love is kind,, it isn’t jealous, it doesn’t brag, it isn’t arrogant, it isn’t rude, it doesn’t seek its own advantage, it isn’t irritable, it doesn’t keep a record of complaints, it isn’t happy with injustice, but it is happy with the truth. Love puts up with all things, hopes for all things, endures all things.”

Lets take a closer look at some of what Paul is teaching us in this verse,

Love Is Patient- We looked at patience before, when we learned about the fruits of the spirit. As we said then waiting can be very hard. However patience flowing from our love is one of the qualities that keep us from becoming angry with those we care about.

Love Is Kind- Kindness was also one of the fruits of the spirit we talked about before. Its interesting how the bible keeps coming back to the same topics. This is so we will understand their importance. Kindness is the act of not being mean. Kindness requires us to consider the impact of our actions on others

It Isn’t Jealous- envy accomplishes nothing. We should find joy in the good fortune of others, We should celebrate with them just as we should share in their sorrows.

I Doesn’t Brag- This does not mean that we shouldn’t be proud of our own accomplishments. It does mean that we shouldn’t hold our accomplishments over others, or that we should try to make our efforts appear larger than they are.

It Doesn’t Seek Its Own Advantage-Love means thinking about things and people beyond yourself. Love is not about winning. Love is not about getting something over on somebody else.

It Isn’t Irritable- It can be easy at times to get irritated at other people, especially when things in our own life are not going the way we would like. However love teaches us that we should take control of our emotions, both for our own benefit, and for the sake of those around us. Of course taking control of our emotions is one of those things that takes constant practice.

It Doesn’t keep A record of Complaints- As hard as we try, if you are in a relationship long enough you will do something that upsets the other person, that you will come to regret. We have all done things we wish we could take back. But unlike a computer life too often doesn’t have an undue button. If we love someone we must be careful not to bring back up these past wrongs. The exception would be if these wrongs are still being repeated. If the wrongs the person we love are in the past, they need to stay in the past.

It isn’t happy with Injustice- If you love somebody , you want to see them treated well. When they are not ,you are right to be unhappy with the situation. When somebody treats somebody you love badly, it is if you are being treated badly.

Love Puts Up With All Things- nobody is perfect. Even though there may be a million things about a person that you love to death, there will always be things that you don’t care so much for. If the relationship, and the other person is more important to you that the thing you dislike, then let it go. You don’t have to learn to like that thing, but a little tolerance goes a long way.

Hopes For All Things- If you truly love someone you want good things for them. You want them to be happy. We should hope for those things that make them safe and happy right alone with them.

Endures All Things- In today’s throw away culture it can be hard to grasp the idea that love is not a short term thing. Love should span nay length of time. Love should give us strength to outlast any challenge. Love sustains us together through the hard times in life.

God is love. His love is what teaches us how we should love the people in our lives, and how we should love him. Love is not always easy. Love sometimes requires effort or sacrifice on our part. Love however is worth the effort. Love is what makes us as Christians appeal to the rest of the world. We should all, always be seeking to be better at loving those around us. In our prayers we should ask God to build withing us the qualities that define love, and strengthen them so that our capacity to love, and our ability to love will never stop growing.


About Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield

Bi-vocational minister who is Founder and Editor of FaithInspires.Org As seen in Google News, SelfGrowth.Com, etc.

Posted on May 5, 2013, in Compassion Church of Katy and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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