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Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 13:8-13

"What's So Great about Love?"



1.  Some qualities of love:

  a.    Love was the hinge on which the law and the prophets hung, Matt. 22:40.

  b.    Part of the fruit of the Spirit, Gal. 5:22.

  c.    The “more excellent way” (hyperbole: “beyond measure,” from “excel, exceed”), 1 Cor. 12:31 (1 Cor. 13).

  d.    Love never fails, 1 Cor. 13:8.

  e.    Love’s enduring nature makes it “the greatest,” 1 Cor. 13:13.

2. So then: “What’s so great about love?”



  -While refusing to think (keep account of) evil, 1 Cor. 13:5.

  A.   We Are What We Think (Prov. 23:7).

  B.   Our Thinking Must Be Right Before We Can Ever Love, Phil. 4:8; Col. 3:1-3.


II.  Love learns what must be learned.

  A.   Love is Humble, Willing, and Eager to Learn and Grow in Love for God and Others, Matt. 22:37-40.

  B.   Love Learns the Word of God, Jno. 14:23-24 (necessary inf.).


III. Love says what must be said.

  A.   Love Speaks the Truth of God, Eph. 4:15.

      1.    With longsuffering and kindness, not rudeness and ill-will, 1 Cor. 13:4-5.

      2.    With conviction and urgency, 2 Tim. 4:2.

      3.     Love rejoices in the truth, 1 Cor. 13:6.

  B.   One Who Speaks Truth to You is Not Your Enemy, Gal. 4:16; Prov. 27:6.



IV. Love does what must be done.

  A.   Love Acts Like God:

      1.    Toward our enemies, Matt. 5:43-48.

      2.    Toward our brethren, Jno. 13:34-35; 1 Jno. 3:16-18.

  B.   Love Obeys God to have Fellowship with God, Jno. 14:15; 1 Jno. 2:5 (1 Jno. 5:3; Phil. 2:8); 2 Jno. 6.

      1.    Love corrects children, Heb. 12:5-6.

      2.    Love accepts correction (from God, parents), Heb. 12:7 (9).



1.  Love is the “greatest” because it abides, it endures, 1 Cor. 13:13.

  a.    Love fills every crevice of godly character, moves every action of obedient faith, and serves every soul in need.

  b.    By love, we know God, 1 Jno. 4:8.

2.  Those who “love one another” are born of God and know God, 1 Jno. 4:7.




By: Joe R. Price

Posted February 8, 2020