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What is love? True love

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What is love?

Do you believe in love at first sight?
What is love at first sight?
Movies always show it
can you love someone without knowing them?
God knows us
Jeremiah 1:5 ESV
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
God knows who we are
God knows each step we have taken and each step we are going to take
Psalm 139:13–16 ESV
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
Psalm 139:13–17 ESV
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them!
Ps 139
God Knows us-
our weakness
our hurts
our passion
For some of us it is “Oh NO!!”
for others there is a reassurance
God Knows everything about you and still loves you
and demonstrated that love on the cross
Romans 5:8 ESV
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
ROma
What is the definition of that love?
it isn’t what we hear in music
it isn’t what we see on t.v.
for some it isn’t what we experience at home
1 Corinthians 13:4–13 ESV
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
The definition of love is in found in just four verses
Love is Patient-

to demonstrate patience despite difficulties—‘to be patient, to remain patient, to wait patiently

It is easy to show patient when people are acting the way we want them to
when everything is going just right
but true patience is shown in difficulties
2 Peter 3:9 ESV
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
in the midst of us constantly falling and getting up again
God is still patient
We all those friends-
we give them advice and yet they still make the same stupid mistakes over and over
Love is Kind-
Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament based on Semantic Domains 88.67 χρηστεύομαι; χρηστότης, ητος

to provide something beneficial for someone as an act of kindness

Think about all that God has provided for us
Ephesians 2:1–8 ESV
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
Eph 2:1-
The cross was for our benefit
Go so loved us He acted on our behalf and gave us something that we could never afford
Romans 6:23 ESV
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Salvation and forgivness
He made us a New Creation through His act of Love on the cross
2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
It does Envy or Boast-

resentment against someone—‘to be jealous,

2 Cor
Frenemies- “oh we love you” but then they stab you in the back
it is superficial love- it isn’t love
Arrogant-

(a figurative extension of meaning of φυσιόω ‘to puff up, to inflate,’ not occurring in the NT) to cause someone to be proud, arrogant, or haughty

They think higher of themselves then you-
often this leads to a what can I get from you and then push you to the side
1 Corinthians 8:1 ESV
Now concerning food offered to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up.
It is a lording over thinking you know everything so your way is the best.
Rude-
to act in defiance of social and moral standards, with resulting disgrace, embarrassment, and shame
Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament based on Semantic Domains 88.149 ἀσχημονέω; ἀσχημοσύνη, ης; αἰσχύνη, ης; αἰσχρότης, ητος

to act in defiance of social and moral standards, with resulting disgrace, embarrassment, and shame

it doesn’t shame us
Louw, J. P., & Nida, E. A. (1996). Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament: based on semantic domains (electronic ed. of the 2nd edition., Vol. 1, p. 758). New York: United Bible Societies.
love builds up
love encourages
Love is gracious
Philippians 2:3–4 ESV
Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
Love isn’t rude
Love doesn’t insist on it own way-
Consider others more significant
Jesus Show thins love
His Life- the people who he encountered
the value He gave
The Cross- Dying for those who where lost
Philippians 2:5–8 ESV
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Christ Cry in the garden- Even Christ Prayer
Matthew 26:42 ESV
Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.”
Our love for others should look like Christ
Mt
and our love for God should look like Christ
“Not my will but your be done”
“Glorify yourself through me”
“even in the hard times because nothing compares to you”
It isn’t Irritable-

to be provoked or upset at someone or something involving severe emotional concern

God’s love for us is patent Even in the midst of our wandering
2 Peter 3:9 ESV
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
God love is still calling out to people to “Come and receive Forgiveness”
Matthew 9:11–13 ESV
And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”
It isn’t resentful-

to keep a mental record of events for the sake of some future action—‘to keep a record, to remember, to bear in mind.

It is the mental checklist of everything wrong they have done so one-day you can get the revenge you so deserve
it is looking for vindication through anger
Ephesians 4:31–32 ESV
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
Just as Christ forgave us
God has removed the wrong we have done
the sins
He didn’t count them against us
Romans 3:24–25 ESV
and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.
God doesn’t count our sins against us
1 Peter 2:24 ESV
He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.
1 Peter
Christ sacrificed for our sins- He took our place
Isaiah 53:4–5 ESV
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.
Is 53:
2 Corinthians 5:21 ESV
For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
It doesn’t rejoice in wrong doing-
it doesn’t rejoice when bad things happen to other
It doesn’t say “looks like they got what they deserved
God’s love isn’t like this- And thank God for that
What did we deserve for our actions?
What did we deserve for our sins?
Romans 6:23 ESV
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
But God’s love is Perfect-
Love rejoices with Truth
John 3:16 ESV
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Christ Came because of God’s love for us
Romans 5:8 ESV
but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
God’s love sacrifices for our benefit
John 15:13 ESV
Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.
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