Summary: Today we are going to take a look at Pillar 4 – that is Love.

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INTRO: A lady walked up to a man and said, "If I was your wife I would feed you poison." The man replied, "If I was your husband I’d eat it."

Adam asked God, "Why did you have to make woman so beautiful?" God said, "So you’d fall in love with her. Then Adam asked, "But why did you have to make her so stupid?" God answered, "So she’d fall in love with you."

Relationships—sometimes we may think we don’t need them and don’t want to have them but in truth we all need relationships, every last one of us.

We’ve been going through a series on relationships builders. Healthy Relationships

Serving Loyalty Forgiveness Love Review for those who have not been here.

Pillar – Serving. We got a glimpse of the Lord’s life, in the last few hours. The scene showed his disciples bickering about who would be the greatest while Judas was out making a deal with the devil to turn the Lord over to the religious establishment.

-The Lord did something amazing. He began to wash their feet, something no one else wanted to do. That is truly serving.

Pillar 2 – Loyalty. We looked at the man Uriah who was loyal to his soldiers, his country, God, and the king. We learned loyalty will cost you something, it may cost you your life, but it will be remembered.

Pillar 3 – Forgiveness. Forgiveness is surrendering my right to hurt you for hurting me. Jesus instructs us that we need to forgive others; if we don’t, our Father in heaven will not forgive us.

Today we are going to take a look at Pillar 4 – that is Love.

TITLE: Relationship Builders

TEXT: 1 Corinthians 13:7, 8a

-There are so many things we could look at in this chapter on love. The great apostle called it the most excellent way in verse 1.

-We’re going to look at four things that describe the pillar of love.

I. Love always protects.

A. Always is a strange word—it means at all times, forever, perpetually, in any event.

1. The Amplified Bible phrases it this way. Love bears up under anything and everything that comes.

2. William Barclay: It is just possible that this may mean (love can cover anything) in the sense that it will never drag into the light of day the fruits and mistakes of others. It would far rather set about quietly mending things than publicly displaying and rebuking them.

Question: In our friendships do we look past our friends’ faults and mistakes, do we bear up under them? Or do we bring them into the light for all to see?

-Somehow we feel better when others are struggling.

B. The story that comes to my mind in looking at this concept, love always protects, is the story of David and Jonathan.

1. Jonathan was the son of King Saul who was the first king of Israel and ended up losing his kingship because of disobedience to God.

-David was anointed king as a teen but didn’t take over for many years because Saul had tremendous power.

2. David became more and more powerful. The people loved him while King Saul became more and more jealous and set in motion a plot to kill David. Jonathan found out, and then warned David, about what would happen.

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