In the first installment of the “ReThink Everything” series, Pastor Dwayne looks at what Paul says about love in I Corinthians chapter 13. He uses the passage to deal with several issues including what love is, what love is not, and what love does not do.
Rethink Everything, Part 01
It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows. – Epictetus
Proverbs 9:7, 9 – 7″Whoever corrects a mocker invites insult; whoever rebukes a wicked man incurs abuse… 9Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.
1 Corinthians 13:4-6, 8 – It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth… 8Love never fails.
What Love Is Not
- A feeling.
- Self-centered.1 Corinthians 13:5 – …it [love] is not self-seeking…Matthew 22:37-39 – Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
What Love Does Not Do
Whatever a loved one wants.
1 John 4:8 – Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
What Love Is
1 Corinthians 13:4a, 7 – Love is patient, love is kind… It always
protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
An understanding that God is not done with people. Disciplined action.
Luke 6:27-31 – “But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. 30Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31Do to others as you would have them do to you.
Delivered in a way the loved one can receive it.
John 15:13 – Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down
his life for his friends.
Romans 5:8 – But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
John 13:34-35 – “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another 35By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”