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1 Corinthians 13. “The Greatest of These…”. What Did you Hope For Tonight?. To get refreshed or edified… To get some questions answered… To resolve some struggles… To learn something new about God… To meet up with friends … To get out of here as quickly as possible ….

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what did you hope for tonight
What Did you Hope For Tonight?
  • To get refreshed or edified…
  • To get some questions answered…
  • To resolve some struggles…
  • To learn something new about God…
  • To meet up with friends…
  • To get out of here as quickly as possible…
what paul has for us tonight
What Paul Has for us Tonight
  • To participate in the heart of our Creator God.

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. 1 Corinthians 13:12

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What Paul Has for us Tonight
  • To participate in the heart of our Creator God.
    • What God looks like deep inside (13:4-8)

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,

does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails;

does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,

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What Paul Has for us Tonight
  • To participate in the heart of our Creator God.
    • What God looks like deep inside (13:4-8)
    • Paul’s point to the Corinthians:

I don’t just do what is best for me; I do what is best for others so that many may be saved. And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ. 1 Cor. 10:33-11:1

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What Paul Has for us Tonight
  • To participate in the heart of our Creator God.
  • To end the war raging in our hearts.
    • The power behind all our tragedies.

“To grow wise, you must listen to the wild dogs barking in the cellar.” — Nietzsche

the war raging in our hearts
the war raging in our hearts
  • A Truly Broken Heart

“For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, lustful desires, envy, slander, pride, and foolishness. All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you.” Mark 7:21-23

"The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?Jeremiah 17:9

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the war raging in our hearts
  • A Truly Broken Heart
  • Love is a Battlefield!

“I need your love tonight!”

“You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel…” James 4:2

the war raging in our hearts2
the war raging in our hearts
  • A Truly Broken Heart
  • Love is a Battlefield!
  • Love Demands
    • Infantile Demands: “I deserve it because I’m me!”
    • Hidden Expectations: “You know what I want! Don’t make me say it!”
    • Creative Manipulation: “What do you think of my new haircut?”

“… so you fight and quarrel ! …” James 4:2

the war raging in our hearts3
the war raging in our hearts
  • A Truly Broken Heart
  • Love is a Battlefield!
  • Love Demands
  • Poisoned Relationships

“… You do not have because you do not ask.” James 4:2

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the war raging in our hearts
  • A Truly Broken Heart
  • Love is a Battlefield!
  • Love Demands
  • Poisoned Relationships
  • The Emptiness of Counterfeit Love

“…but if I do not have love, I am nothing!”

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Love Defined (13:4-8)

Mature Love

Immature Demands

  • Definable / Stable
  • Unreliable / Unstable

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8

When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.

1 Corinthians 13:11

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Love Defined (13:4-8)

Mature Love

Immature Demands

  • Definable / Stable
  • Patient (v.4)
  • Unreliable / Unstable
  • Instant Gratification

“You lust and do not have; so you commit murder. You are envious and cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel…” James 4:2

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Love Defined (13:4-8)

Mature Love

Immature Demands

  • Definable / Stable
  • Patient (v.4)
  • Kind (v.4)
  • Unreliable / Unstable
  • Instant Gratification
  • Temper Tantrums

“You…cannot obtain; so you fight and quarrel…” James 4:2

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Love Defined (13:4-8)

Mature Love

Immature Demands

  • Definable / Stable
  • Patient (v.4)
  • Kind (v.4)
  • Not Jealous (v.4)
  • Unreliable / Unstable
  • Instant Gratification
  • Temper Tantrums
  • Smothering ‘Love’
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Love Defined (13:4-8)

Mature Love

Immature Demands

  • Definable / Stable
  • Patient (v.4)
  • Kind (v.4)
  • Not Jealous (v.4)
  • Doesn’t Brag
  • Unreliable / Unstable
  • Instant Gratification
  • Temper Tantrums
  • Smothering ‘Love’
  • PRAISE ME!
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Love Defined (13:4-8)

Mature Love

Immature Demands

1 Peter 5:5 “and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is OPPOSED TO THE PROUD, BUT GIVES GRACE TO THE HUMBLE.”

  • Definable / Stable
  • Patient (v.4)
  • Kind (v.4)
  • Not Jealous (v.4)
  • Doesn’t Brag
  • Not Proud
  • Unreliable / Unstable
  • Instant Gratification
  • Temper Tantrums
  • Smothering ‘Love’
  • PRAISE ME!
  • Tough Guy
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Love Defined (13:4-8)

Mature Love

Immature Demands

  • Definable / Stable
  • Patient
  • Kind
  • Not Jealous
  • Doesn’t Brag
  • Not Proud
  • Not Rude
  • Unreliable / Unstable
  • Instant Gratification
  • Temper Tantrums
  • Smothering ‘Love’
  • PRAISE ME!
  • Tough Guy
  • Insensitive
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Love Defined (13:4-8)

Mature Love

Immature Demands

  • Doesn’t Seek its Own
  • TRIBAL: “me & mine”

"If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. Luke 6:32

"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…” Matt. 28:19

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Love Defined (13:4-8)

Mature Love

Immature Demands

  • Doesn’t Seek its Own
  • Not Easily Provoked
  • TRIBAL: “me & mine”
  • Very ANGRY!

Be angry, and yetdo not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, Ephesians 4:26

This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; James 1:19

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Love Defined (13:4-8)

Mature Love

Immature Demands

  • Doesn’t Seek its Own
  • Not Easily Provoked
  • Forgives
  • TRIBAL: “me & mine”
  • Very ANGRY!
  • Keeps a Record

See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God; that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many be defiled; Hebrews 12:15

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Love Defined (13:4-8)

Mature Love

Immature Demands

  • Doesn’t Seek its Own
  • Not Easily Provoked
  • Forgives
  • Righteous / Truth
  • TRIBAL: “me & mine”
  • Very ANGRY!
  • Keeps a Record
  • Dumb Sacrifice

but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, evenChrist… Ephesians 4:15

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Love Defined (13:4-8)

Replacing Demands with FAITH

Mature Love

Immature Demands

While we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son… Romans 5:10

  • Doesn’t Seek its Own
  • Not Easily Provoked
  • Forgives
  • Righteous / Truth
  • Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things
  • TRIBAL: “me & mine”
  • Very ANGRY!
  • Keeps a Record
  • Dumb Sacrifice
  • The Big Write-Off,“I GIVE UP!”
a new definition of love
A New Definition of Love…
  • Stable
  • Patient
  • Kind
  • Not Jealous
  • Doesn’t Brag
  • Not Proud
  • Not Rude
  • Doesn’t Seek its Own
  • Not Easily Provoked
  • Forgives
  • Righteous / Truth
  • Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things

“Love never fails”

god is
God Is…
  • Stable
  • Patient
  • Kind
  • Not Jealous
  • Doesn’t Brag
  • Not Proud
  • Not Rude
  • Doesn’t Seek its Own
  • Not Easily Provoked
  • Forgives
  • Righteous / Truth
  • Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things

“Love never fails”