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LOVE. 1 Corinthians 13 16 Traits to Live By!. LOVE. …and I show you a still more excellent way. 1 Corinthians 12:31 The Greatest of These… 1 Corinthians 13:13. What is Love?. Man’s definition… Or God’s? The world cannot explain true love

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1 Corinthians 13

16 Traits to Live By!

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…and I show you

a still more excellent way.

1 Corinthians 12:31

The Greatest of These…

1 Corinthians 13:13

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What is Love?

  • Man’s definition… Or God’s?

  • The world cannot explain true love

  • Songs, poems, paintings, sculptures, books, movies…

  • Shallow, confused, contradictory, inwardly focused, selfish

  • Modern usage has cheapened the word even more

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God Is Love!(Who is love?)

1 John 4

  • Love is from God and is God

    (v 7-8, 16)

  • His Love is perfected in us (v 12)

  • Perfect Love casts out fear (v 18)

  • A fruit of the Spirit is Love (Galatians 5:22)

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Love is Necessary

Commanded by God

To be practiced by believers

Flows from the heart of Christians

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Matthew 22:37-40(Deuteronomy 6:4-5, Romans 13:8-10, James 2:8)

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the great and foremost commandment. The second is like it, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.

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John 3:16(1 John 4:9)

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.

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1 John 3:16

We know love by this,

that He laid down His life for us;

and we ought to lay down our lives

for the brethren.

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1 John 4:7

Beloved, let us love one another,

for love is from God;

and everyone who loves

is born of God and knows God

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1 John 3:14 (a)

We know that we have passed

out of death into life,

because we love the brethren.

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ButWithout Love…

We are

Eternally Lost

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1 John 4:8

The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

1 John 3:14(b)

He who does not love abides in death.

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Proverbs 18:19

An offended brother is more unyielding (harder to be won)

than a fortified city

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1 John 3:15

“Everyone who hates his brother

is a murderer,

and you know that

no murderer has eternal life

abiding in him.”

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1Love is the Reason1 Corinthians 13:1-3

Whatever you do in service to God

if you do not act out of love, then –

You are like an empty sound

Spiritually, you are nothing

You gain nothing from it

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2Love is Patient1 Corinthians 13:4


to be even-tempered

long-suffering, to bear long with

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3Love is Kind1 Corinthians 13:4


To be kind, have a gentle spirit

goodness & graciousness of heart

Prov. 19:22 Luke 6:35 Eph. 4:32

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4Love is not Jealous1 Corinthians 13:4


(root – “to boil over”)

To be jealous, envious, spiteful

Song of Solomon 8:6

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5Love does not Brag1 Corinthians 13:4


to be a braggart, to boast, to elevate

oneself or one’s accomplishments

Prov. 27:2

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6Love is not Arrogant1 Corinthians 13:4


to be inflated,

puffed up with pride

Prov. 16:18 Jer.49:16

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7Love does not act Unbecomingly1 Corinthians 13:5


to behave disgracefully, dishonorably, in an unseemly or

unbecoming manner

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8Love does not Seek Its Own1 Corinthians 13:5

Not self-seeking

Concerned with the needs of others

Not pursuing self-interest

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9Love is not Provoked1 Corinthians 13:5


To stir up, irritate,

incite to anger or sharp contention

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10Love does not Take Into Account a Wrong Suffered1 Corinthians 13:5


to count, calculate, enumerate, or list

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11Love Rejoices in the Truth1 Corinthians 13:6

Love does not point out faults

or delight in noting

the failings of others.

Love delights in what is

True and Good.

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12Love Bears All Things1 Corinthians 13:7


To cover, protect, preserve,

to put a roof over,

to keep off something which threatens

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13Love Believes All Things1 Corinthians 13:7


To believe, to trust

to have faith or confidence in

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14Love Hopes All Things1 Corinthians 13:7


to hope, to trust

to place hope and confidence in

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15Love Endures All Things1 Corinthians 13:7


Patient endurance, to persevere

to bear up under a load

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16Love Never Fails1 Corinthians 13:8


to fall, to fail, to fall into ruin,

to collapse into extinction

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1 Corinthians 13:13

But now abide

faith, hope, love – these three

but the greatest of these is


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LOVE…He Expects Nothing Less of His Children

We Must Expect No Less of Ourselves!