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Welcome. Evans Church of Christ. A More Excellent Way. Pt. 14 - Loverly. “But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way .” 1 Cor. 12:31. Love. 1 Cor. 13:4-7. Description of Love.

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Evans Church of Christ


A More Excellent Way

Pt. 14 - Loverly

“But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.” 1 Cor. 12:31



1 Cor. 13:4-7

Description of Love

4. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;

5. does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;

6. does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;

7. bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.


1 Cor. 13:8-10

Love is the greatest

8 ¶ Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.

9. For we know in part and we prophesy in part.

10. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.


1 Cor. 13:11-13

Love is the greatest

11. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

12. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

13. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.





Limits or qualifies a noun

Feeling or showing love

Like a person in love

Greatly enjoys

Modifies meaning of a verb

In manner of a lover


Like a loving person

Love is a noun = describes a Christian

Love is a verb = expresses action of love


The More Excellent Way


Love is important - v. 1-3

Love is possible - v. 4-7

Love is greatest - v. 8-13


Is Important


1 Cor. 13:1-3

All else minus love = Zero

  • Eloquence
  • Faith
  • Good Deeds

We need LOVE in order to live

“A baby does not live by milk alone”

Without love life is nothing


Why is love so Important?

We are biologically predetermined toward love.


God is Love ! We are made in His Image.

“He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” I Jn. 4:8

“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him;” Gen. 1:27


Is Possible


1 Cor. 13:4-7

Love of fellow man - v.4-5

  • Patience - endure without murmuring
  • Kindness - gracious and good
  • Generosity - is not jealous
  • Humility - absence of pride
  • Courtesy - not rude to anyone
  • Unselfishness - does not insist on own way
  • Good temper - not quick to get angry
  • Guilessness - Love holds no grudges

Love is tested in life

I Jn.4:20-21 “If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?

21. And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.

If we think we love God, we must first know that we love our brother !


Is Possible


1 Cor. 13:4-7

Love of God - v.6

“does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth.”

Sincerity = genuine love for the truth of God

Hypocrisy is the opposite of genuine love.

“If you love me, keep my commandments” John 14:15


Is Possible


1 Cor. 13:4-7

Love of Self - v.7

  • Spiritual Strength = “bears all things”
  • Open Mindedness = “believes all things”
  • Optimism = “hopes all things”
  • Faithfulness = “endures all things”

Is The Greatest


1 Cor. 13:8-13

Why ?

It is permanent

Spiritual gifts are temporary

Were necessary for a while

It is the greatest

Faith, Hope, Love - essential in the church

Love will continue after faith and hope

Love will endure because God is love


Love When properly applied

Love God with all the heart, soul and mind.

Love neighbor as self



1 Corinthians 13 is a portrait of Love

Portrait of Jesus Christ

Because He is Love


Christ would like to reproduce His portrait in us and to have His church be a collection of reprints.


Love cannot really be defined !

We can describe how it functions.

1 Cor. 13:4-7 describes how love acts


Loverly means like, characteristic of, or in the manner of a lover.


Perfect Love - 1 John 4:16-18

  • God is love
  • Dwell in love
  • Dwell in God


“Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.” v.17



Describes how we ought to live and it is…

“The More Excellent Way.”

1 Corinthians 13 is the chapter on Love

1 Corinthians 14:1

“Follow after charity” - KJV

“Follow the way of love” - NIV

“Pursue love” - NKJV

“Let love be your greatest aim” - LNT

“Follow the Loving Way” - SEB


Sermon by Arthur Pigman

Evans Church of Christ

515 Gibbs Road

Evans, Ga. 30809


Sunday Evening November 17, 2013