Summary: A sermon on love from 1 Corinthians 13

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Sermon for 3/1/98

Love May Bring Heartache, but it’s worth it!


"We become vulnerable when we love people and go out of our way to

help them." That’s what the wealthy industrialist Charles Schwab

declared after going to court and winning a nuisance suit at age 70.

Given permission by the judge to speak to the audience, he made the

following statement: "I’d like to say here in a court of law, and

speaking as an old man, that nine-tenths of my troubles are traceable

to my being kind to others. Look, you young people, if you want to

steer away from trouble, be hard-boiled. Be quick with a good loud no

to anyone and everyone. If you follow this rule, you will seldom be

bothered as you tread life’s pathway. Except you’ll have no friends,

you’ll be lonely, and you won’t have any fun!" Schwab had made his

point -- love may bring heartache, but it’s worth it!


A. Last weeks sermon. Love does not rejoice in evil, but rejoices in the truth.

B. Love is costly, but it is worth it. It was worth it for Christ.

Thesis: Paul gives some concluding comments about love in 1 Corinthians 13:7. Today we are going to examine what love always does. This verse has been called love’s roof.

For instances:

I. Love bears all things, it always protects.

A. We can bear things from others and for others. We can always strive to protect others from unpleasant circumstances and situations. We can do this because God always does it for us.

B. Galatians 6:2- Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

C. Psalm 34:19f- Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the Lord delivers him out of them all. He guards all his bones; not one of them is broken. Evil shall slay the wicked, And those who hate the righteous shall be condemned. The Lord redeems the soul of His servants, and none of those who trust in Him shall be condemned.

D. The Lord will not put more on us than we can bear.

E. Mother protecting and bearing with children.

F. Shepherd looking after the sheep.

G. A Christian’s love provides shelter for every situation in which it finds others.

H. Love builds a house with a roof over it large enough to take in whole stature of our fellow man.

I. A father who attended church with his little boy found fault with everything in the service. As he walked home, he criticized the minister, the sermon, the choir, and everything in general. The boy, who had noticed what his father put in the offering plate, said, “Well, Dad, what can you expect for a dime?” Sometimes we build very low-roofed dwellings indeed, because we lack sufficient charity to make room for the virtues we might discover in the lives of others.

J. Not suggesting that love is to give shelter to wrongdoer and make excuses for him. Last weeks sermon.

K. Love cannot be crushed beneath the burden.

L. Putting up with annoyances and burdens in silence. Love allows nothing external to have power over it.

M. The best way to put out a fire is to cover it.

N. How can we shelter people?

1. Pray for them.

2. Encourage what is good, strengthen what is weak.

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