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Indispensable: One Thing that Changes Everything

Love Well Done

09.07.14 Larry Nees, Equipping Pastor

1 Corinthians 13:5b-7

Love is Selfless its more demanding than we ever imagine.

1 Corinthians 13:5b; Ephesians 5:25; Phil 2:3-4; James 3:16

Love is Sincere it requires the courage to live out truth.

1 Corinthians 13:6; Proverbs 27:6; Galatians 4:15-16; Ephesians 4:15-16

Love is Supportive it will not stop no matter how difficult it is.

1 Corinthians 13:7; Romans 15:1; Galatians 6:2; Colossians 3:12-14

LOOKING BACK

Indispensable: One Thing that Changes Everything

Love Well Done 1 Corinthians 13:5b-7

We all know when we are well-loved; when we are on the receiving end of someone’s kindness, forgiveness, patience, grace and loyalty. We catch glimpses of the real thing, but it’s a whole different challenge to live out this quality of love with every person in every circumstance. Yet this is truly when love is done well. And only God Himself can grow this capacity within us.

Thinking It Through

Love is like death: what it wants is all of us.

~Mike Mason

A Love can melt the soul.

~Teresa of Avila

Love causes pain. Love cures pain. And love is a pain. Where love is, pain is never far away.

Working It Out

~Robert Fulghum

1. Since genuine love demands selflessness, what have you learned in your walk with God that helps you overcome the natural limitations of “self”?

2. Are there people-pleasing, conflict-avoiding ways within you that hold you back from loving another by telling the truth (in a loving way)?

3. Do you face a relationship (or more) where you’ve given up and where you need to revisit an expression of love that both faces reality and also bears all things, believes all things, hopes all

things, endures all things?

LOOKING AHEAD

Indispensable: One Thing that Changes Everything

Your Move

Now that we have spent the last four weeks in 1 Corinthians 13 learning what real love is all about, it’s your move. There are some very helpful key verses in the New Testament that can help us move toward and grow in the love described for us in this very inspiring and challenging passage of scripture.

Read and reflect on the following verses:

But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.

Jude 20-21

A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also

love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.

John 13:34-35

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you… Matthew 5:43-44

For God so loved the world

John 3:16

Do not love the world or the things that belong to the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in Him. 1 John 2:15

For I did not come to judge the world but to save the world…

John 12:47

If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I

chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.

John 15:19

1.) How are these verses similar and how are they different?

2.) What dimensions or aspects of love do you find in these verses?

3.) How do you think these verses relate to what you have been learning about love in 1 Corinthians 13?