I Corinthians 13:1-7

Love Surpasses

Introduction:

When we think of an individual who is employed to carry on a specific task and is given an exact job description, the hired hand does all that is required and nothing more. We would say that such a person does an adequate job. But we soon learn of another category when a person employed goes over and above the call of duty. Such a person is marked with excellence and surpasses his co-workers.

This is essentially how Paul describes love. Love is more than adequate, it extends, reaches further, and surpasses every standard. This is indeed a mark of excellence.


  1. Love’s Praise – v.1

  1. Sacrificial love – (agape occurring 116 times in the N.T. 75 times used in Paul’s epistles)

  1. A dying love – Rom. 5:8

  2. A husband’s love – Eph. 5:25

  1. Hypothetical possibilities:

  1. Earthly or heavenly love

  2. Love’s speech – (Winston Churchill, Charles Spurgeon)

  3. Speech without love is a big noisy gong!

  1. Gifts Without Love – v.2-3

  1. Three kinds of gifts – (Prophecy, Knowledge, Faith)

  1. Prophecy ranked second

  2. Knowledge – is useless without love

  1. Deeds of Mercy – v.3

  1. Giving a piece of bread – Psalm 41:9; Turn To: Luke 18:18-30

  2. Martyrs of the Faith – Jon Hus, Bohemian Reformer (died, July 6, 1415)

  1. Love’s Definition – v.4-7

  1. What Love is:

  1. Patient like God – Luke 18:7; II Pet. 3:9

  2. Kind like God – Rom. 2:4; Eph. 4:32

  1. Love expressed negatively:

  1. Not jealous – Gen. 37:11,28; Exod. 20:5; Deut. 5:9

  2. Not Bragging – root word, “wind- bag”

  3. Not arrogant – 4:18-19; 5:2; 8:1

  4. Not rude

  5. Not selfish

  6. Not angry – Num. 20:2-11; Eph. 4:26; John 2:13-17

  7. Not keeping score of wrongs

  1. Love expressed Positively – v.6

  1. Rejoices in truth – John 14:6

  2. Rejoices in Bible doctrine, gospel message, Theology

Finally:

Paul measures Love –v.7

  1. Bears all things – I Pet. 4:8

  2. Believes all things – eager to believe the best, yet not gullible

  3. Hopes all things – Anticipates good things yet not unreasonable optimism.

  4. Endures all things – Perseveres as a soldier in battle, presses forward despite difficulties.


Pastor Nick Iamaio, Reformed Presbyterian Church, 207 First Street, Fulton, NY 13069 Web Site fultonrpc.org 9/29/2013