Summary: Paul describes what love is, what love is not, and what love can do in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love Conquers All
Introduction: Perhaps you've seen this Peanuts cartoon: Linus announces to his cranky sister, Lucy, that he's going to be a doctor. "You, a doctor?" she asks. "How can you be a doctor? You don't love mankind." Linus replies, "I do too love mankind. It's people I can't stand." (Sermon Central ill.)
My brother posted on Facebook that he was confessing his sin. And that he noticed that he didn't have to do it that often but when he did it was usually while being in traffic or after coming out of wal-mart.
Even the very best of people will certainly try your patience and you can bet they won't always show you their best side. But if we have love we can see through the worst in people and hope for the best in them.
The prominent psychiatrist Karl Menninger was featured in an article carried by the "Chicago Daily News" entitled, "Love working miracles for the mentally Ill in Kansas." Dr. Menninger contended that love is one of the most effective cures in healing mental illness. When reporters asked Menninger how it was that 80% of his patients recovered, he replied, the secret is not in electroshock, surgery, group-theraphy, drugs, etc. .. but the real secret is contained in a single word: LOVE! (Sermon central ill.)
Yesterday was Valentines day . . . You may have studied the 4 types of love in the Greek 'Eros' is where we get our word erotic, it means a romantic love; 'Phileo' brotherly love, good friends, it is a chosen love - 'we' choose who to befriend; 'Storge' is family love, a love for our parents, children, and siblings; 'Agape' is made manifest in our acts of charity. In Fact charity means love. It doesn't expect any thing in return. Agape is self-giving not self-serving. The Holy Spirit is the source of Agape love (“But the fruit of the Spirit is love...”-Gal 5:22) Agape love is what all Christians are to manifest in their lives by unconditional acts of goodwill and charity for others.
Paul let's us know that we can speak with angelic tongues, or we can have the gift of prophecy or we can give away all we own, or even sacrifice our bodies, but if we don't have love, we gain nothing.
Scripture: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, 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. I Corinthians 13: 4-7
Transition: Here we read what love is, what love is not, and what love can do! Let's see first what love is..
What Love Is
In two adjectives the apostle Paul tells us what love is in verse 4. It is patient and kind. Let's look at the first, In the King James it reads “Charity suffereth long ...” Young's literal translation says “long-suffering”, The NIV says “love is patient...” I like how the Darby Bible Translation blends the two, it reads- “Love has long patience”