What Love Looks Like
$20 bill – Who wants?
Floor - still?
Step – still?
Crumble - still?
Not change value, even crumpled or dirty.
Just like me – you!
Priceless b4 God, even crumpled or dirty.
You created in image of God.
Sent son to die 4U!
You priceless cuz He loves every one of you.
Why? Cuz so lovable?
Cuz so valuable?
No – valuable Bcuz He loves us.
He loves us cuz He chose to!
That virtuous love - love as choice, as loyalty.
Christ’s love for us not based on our value but on His choice – NT word = agape.
Need to “add to” - support faith w/ agape love. 2 Pet 1:5-7, Peter tells us this (RD).
Our faith supported by these traits.
Seems Peter saved most important for last – “bro.
love” - phila followed by “agape.”
Love most important support beam of our faith.
1 Cor 13:13 tells us - greatest of these is love.
Knock out support beam, faith comes crashing down. 1 Cor 13:2 tells us have faith to move mountains, but no love, you’ve got nothing!
PM – look at what agape love looks like.
See what changes agape love should make in lives.
Love transforms our lives into an acceptable offering to God.
T - Look primarily @ 1 Cor 13, 1st 3. 1st way seen in beautiful psg that love changes us…
I. Love Transforms Our Speech (RD - 1 Cor 13:1)
A. Without love, our speech is noisy gong or clanging symbol.
What Paul talking about?
Simply - noisy gong draws attention to himself.
Context, talking speaking in tongues - wanted everyone know he had gift.
But, all anyone ever heard was babbling.
However, to make application, we all know noisy gong, clanging cymbal comes in many forms:
1. Gossip – One with nothing good to say about anyone else.
Why do gossips gossip?
Makes selves look better!
Makes wonder if they talk about you too!
2. One talks too much.
Folks can’t get word in; have to wait them breathe, then talk.
One who talks only about himself.
I did this – I did that… How about…
4. Negative person.
I don’t think this can happen.
I don’t want to…Mouth moving, but people hear, “blah blah blah.”
Each of these are speaking really for own benefit.
B. Like guy rec’d letter from girl broke engagement.
“Dearest Jimmy, No words express great unhappiness I’ve felt – so lonely – so burdened w/ sadness.
Please take back.
Life so empty w/out you.”
Many flowery words expressed her sadness - her sorrow.
Closes – “Please forgive me, take back.
I love you, forever I’ll love you.
PS – Congrats on lottery.
Words suddenly empty, spoken for benefit of speaker!
C. With love, speech becomes like beautiful music.
When hear beautiful music, you are drawn to it.
In Prov 12:18, Solomon describes a wrong and a wonderful way to use words (RD).
Paul says, back in 1 Cor 13:4 - Love does not brag.
Love is not self-centered.
Agape love is centered away from self and shown in our speech – centered on God, and on encouraging and edifying others.
Love transforms our knowledge (RD - 1 Cor 13:2)
A. If really know “all” things - don’t have love, it’s nothing.
What knowledge w/out love do?
back, in 1 Cor 8:1, Paul writes about affects of knowledge w/out love (RD).
In context, many hurting brethren w/ their knowledge.
1. “Let’s go get steaks from Pagan Plate.”
Said meat offered to idol, just meat!
BUT - not all believed that.
But, Paul addressing those who proudly displayed their “enlightenment.”
Hurt their brother’s conscience due to arrogance.
2. Great threat to early church – Gnosticism.
English, be “knowledgism.”
Xianity became mental excercise, no love.
Still a type of “knowledgism” today.
3. Know grace, freedom, holiness, sound doctrine, etc.
But, have contempt for “others” that don’t.
Paul says in Rom 14:3 (RD).
B. Xianity not about merely “knowing” but “loving”!
Knowledge can puff you up, make you think highly of self.
Also find in Rom 12:3, further instruction from Paul (RD).
In other words, build up others, not puff up self.
See, love builds up.
Not about - “look what I know.”
IS about - “How I use what I know to build you up?” 1 Cor 14:26 (RD).
1. Love builds up.
Interesting thing - Paul “contrasts” love with knowledge.
Possible and OK be deficient in knowledge, but full of love.
Don’t have to be intelligent, smart, etc.
2. In Matt 11:25, Jesus describes this very notion (RD).
If you know a little, or a lot, add love to that knowledge, and you will build others up!
C. In John 13:1, Jesus “loved them to the end.”