I Corinthians 13:1-7
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.
Love’s Praise – v.1
Sacrificial love – (agape occurring 116 times in the N.T. 75 times used in Paul’s epistles)
A dying love – Rom. 5:8
A husband’s love – Eph. 5:25
Earthly or heavenly love
Love’s speech – (Winston Churchill, Charles Spurgeon)
Speech without love is a big noisy gong!
Gifts Without Love – v.2-3
Three kinds of gifts – (Prophecy, Knowledge, Faith)
Prophecy ranked second
Knowledge – is useless without love
Deeds of Mercy – v.3
Giving a piece of bread – Psalm 41:9; Turn To: Luke 18:18-30
Martyrs of the Faith – Jon Hus, Bohemian Reformer (died, July 6, 1415)
Love’s Definition – v.4-7
What Love is:
Patient like God – Luke 18:7; II Pet. 3:9
Kind like God – Rom. 2:4; Eph. 4:32
Love expressed negatively:
Not jealous – Gen. 37:11,28; Exod. 20:5; Deut. 5:9
Not Bragging – root word, “wind- bag”
Not arrogant – 4:18-19; 5:2; 8:1
Not angry – Num. 20:2-11; Eph. 4:26; John 2:13-17
Not keeping score of wrongs
Love expressed Positively – v.6
Rejoices in truth – John 14:6
Rejoices in Bible doctrine, gospel message, Theology
Paul measures Love –v.7
Bears all things – I Pet. 4:8
Believes all things – eager to believe the best, yet not gullible
Hopes all things – Anticipates good things yet not unreasonable optimism.
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