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Summary: Love is a vital underpin in the life of the believer in Christ. It is what drives God to reach out to us and it is what should compel the believer in the daily Christian walk.

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1 Corinthians 13

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child , I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

1 Cor. 4-7

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, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (NIV)

Love never gives up.

Love cares more for others than for self.

Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.

Love doesn’t strut,

Doesn’t have a swelled head,

Doesn’t force itself on others,

Isn’t always “me first,”

Doesn’t fly off the handle,

Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,

Doesn’t revel when others grovel,

Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,

Puts up with anything,

Trusts God always,

Always looks for the best,

Never looks back,

But keeps going to the end.

(Message Bible)

SO WHAT IS THIS THING CALLED LOVE?

Five Greek words are translated Love:

1. Epithumia describes a love based on a strong desire and many times associated with lust or coveting.

2. Eros which describes erotic love. It refers to sexual love.

3. Storge which refers to family love, the kind of love between a parent and child, or in general between family members.

4. Philia refers to brotherly friendship and affection. It is the love referring to deep friendship and partnership; and the highest love of which man is capable of apart from God.

5. Agape describes a love that loves without ever changing. It is gives without making demands or expecting re-payment. It is love so great that it can be given to the unlovable or unappealing. It is love that loves even when it is rejected. Agape love gives, and loves because it wants to; it does not demand or expect repayment from the love given. It is the ability to love the unlovable and is not controlled by emotions or feelings but will. It is sacrificial, self denying, deliberate. It does not require response or reaction to exist but remains steadfast against all obstacles.


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