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Summary: God’s kind of love is what we need in our marriage

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TEXT: I CORINTHIANS 13:1-13

TITLE; GOD’S KIND OF LOVE

INTRODUCTION

Today is Week 4 – the final week of our series on marriage.

Today we want to look at having God’s kind of love in our marriage –the kind of love that’s found in 1 Corinthian’s 13.

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12 Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

OUTLINE

1.WHAT GOD’S KIND OF LOVE IS (V1-3)

2.WHAT GOD’S KIND OF LOVE DOES FOR OUR MARRIAGE (V4-11)

3.HOW TO RECEIVE GOD’S KIND OF LOVE (V12-13)

1.WHAT GOD’S KIND OF LOVE IS (V1-3)

A. GOD’S KIND OF LOVE IS MORE THAN JUST TALK. (V1)

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.”

1.“SAYING I LOVE YOU” TO YOUR SPOUSE IS NOT ENOUGH. GOD’S KIND OF LOVE IS MORE THAN JUST TALK.

B.GOD’S KIND OF LOVE IS MORE THAN JUST GIVING GIFTS (V2)

“2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.”

1.JUST GIVING GIFTS TO YOUR SPOUSE IS NOT ENOUGH. GOD’S KIND OF LOVE IS MORE THAN JUST GIVING GIFTS.

C.GOD’S KIND OF LOVE IS MORE THAN JUST DOING GREAT THINGS.

3 If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

1.JUST DOING GREAT THINGS FOR YOUR SPOUSE IS NOT ENOUGH. GOD’S KIND OF LOVE IS MORE THAN JUST DOING GREAT THINGS.

2.HAVING GOD’S KIND OF LOVE IN MY MARRIAGE IS NOT SOME KIND OF CHECKLIST.

TELL MY SPOUSE I LOVE YOU (CHECK)

BUY A NICE GIFT (CHECK)

DO A NICE DEED – PUT OUT THE TRASH (CHECK)

2.WHAT GOD’S KIND OF LOVE DOES FOR MY MARRIAGE- (V4-11)

A.GOD’S KIND OF LOVE WILL HELP CHANGE MY CHARACTER FOR THE BETTER. (V4-5)

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, …(v4-5)


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