Summary: A talk on the way love should look and be displayed, and the way we see spirituality (part 2).
Text: 1 Cor 13:1-7, Title: Church Personnel Manual Part 2, Date/Place: 2/5/12 NRBC
What Love Does (v. 4-7)
He gives us fifteen verbs, not adjectives, which show the defining qualities of how love is practiced. These are not potentialities, nor is it a salad bar theology of choice, these are the essential characteristics of practicing Christian love.
Patient: It is speaking of love’s self-restraint. It endures willingly much suffering at the hand of another, refuses to retaliate. It spoke of love’s ability to be wronged or taken advantage of without anger. Its primary concern is for the welfare of others, therefore it is much more willing to be taken advantage of, than to take advantage of another, much less retaliate. “Christians need to be given the painful reminder that frequent displays of temper betray the absence or at least the severe limitation of love.” Paige Patterson
Being Kind: This is the more pro-active side of patience. This word means serving graciously. It means to be helpful, willing to assist, or willing to furnish what is needed or beneficial to another. The church father, Origen described the verb as “sweetness to all persons.” It is the opposite of being neglectful, harsh, sharp, bitter, and resentful.
Not Being Envious: This is being content with what you have been provided, AND what your fellow church member has been provided. “If you find you’re lacking anything, neighbor, let me know and I’ll show you how to live without it,” said the Amish man to his techno neighbor.
Not Being Proud: The first of these words means to brag or boast about oneself publicly to the point of bubbling over. It is the outward manifestation of the second word, which means an inner attitude of self-exaltation. Literally it means to be inflated, or full of ourselves. A little boy and a little girl were riding a mechanical horse in a shopping mall. The little boy, who was riding in front, turned to the little girl and said, "If one of us would get off, there would be more room for me."
Not Being Rude: The idea behind this is that love is tactful or proper in its expression. It is very cautious and careful in how it presents itself in word and deed out of concern for others. It is careful not to disgrace, mistreat, or embarrass, even though it may be necessary to deal with some hard issues. Jim Key speaking of a church member who consistently offends everyone coming and going, young and old, visitors and members, by the words that they say.
Not Being Selfish: “Does not seek its own things” or “insist on having its own way.” hence, is never selfish (REB, Moffatt); is never self-seeking (TCNT); does not pursue selfish aims (O. M. Norlie); is not self-seeking (NIV); does not insist on its own way (NRSV). A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons, Kevin, 5, and Ryan, 3. The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake. Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson. “If Jesus were sitting here, He would say, ‘Let my brother have the first pancake; I can wait.” Kevin turned to his younger brother and said, “Ryan, you be Jesus!”