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How Can I Express Love?     1Cor. 13:1-13    July 18, 2010


Introduction

I am pleased to say God blessed my life with several encounters of love. My mother and two sisters helped

my childhood to have many expressions of Love. My wife, children, grandchildren, friends, and churches all answer for me the question, How Can I Express Love? If you are around loving people you will see ways to share love and become a more loving person.

 

1.   How Can I Express Love? Realizing The . . Need For Love. 1 Cor 13:1-3

       A.   The Need For Love More Than . . Speaking Like Angels. 13:1 

       1 If I speak the languages of men and of angels, but do not have love, I am a sounding gong or a clanging

       cymbal.

 

       B.   The Need For Love More Than . . Special Knowledge. 13:2

2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so that I can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.

 

       C.   The Need For Love More Than Personal . . Sacrifices. 13:3

       3 And if I donate all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but do not have love, I

       gain nothing.


       Love is needed more than a demonstration of gifts without an expression of love. Tongues may have an importance but only when expressed in love. When one shows forth knowledge and faith but lacks love that person is reduced to nothing. Few if any will care if a person makes great sacrifices but fails to be loving. It is interesting when someone without the motivation of love pours gasoline over his/her body and burns to death, how few seem to really care. We can see the natural motivation of some to help the burning person but usually it is too late to help and the person really doesn’t appear to want help. The mental focus at the time is certainly not love.


 

2.   How Can I Express Love? Realizing The . . Nurture Of Love. 1 Cor 13:4-7

       A.   The Nurture Of `Love . . Expresses Patient Love. 13:4

4 Love is patient; love is kind. Love does not envy; is not boastful; is not conceited;

 

       B.   The Nurture Of `Love . . Exalts Proper Behavior. 13:5

5 does not act improperly; is not selfish; is not provoked; does not keep a record of wrongs;

 

       C.   The Nurture Of `Love . . Enjoys The Truth. 13:6

6 finds no joy in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth;

 

       D.   The Nurture Of `Love . . Endure Hardships. 13:7

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


       Love gives patience and kindness. Did you ever ask yourself when you lacked patience if you were motivated by love? If we don’t express proper behavior we do not let love motivate us If you enjoy truth; why do you? It is an expression of love. When you think of a person who endures hardships who do you think of?

I think of a mother with several children and a husband who leaves for drink or to run from his responsibilities. That mother plods along because of her love for her children and the Lord. Many a fine adult came through that example of love from a mom who endured hardship.



 

3.   How Can I Express Love? Realizing The . . Nature Of Love.   1 Cor 13:8-13

       A.   The Nature Of `Love Is . . Perpetual. 13:8     

       8 Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for languages, they will cease; as for

       knowledge, it will come to an end.

 

       B.   The Nature Of `Love Is . . Perfecting. 13:9-12

9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.10 But when the perfect comes, the partial will come to an end.11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put aside childish things.12 For now we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, as I am fully known.

 

       C.   The Nature Of `Love Is . . Peerless. 13:13

13 Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love. HCSB


       Have you noticed the perpetual quality of love? Love motivates persistence. In the text Paul states the gifts will cease but love endures. Love never goes out of style, or loses it’s appeal. Why do you migrate to the friends you like so much; isn’t it because through the years and experiences you share love for one another?

When you see people who missed out on love they express bitterness and hostility. Have you ever known a loving, caring atheist? They are very rare, and it’s because they have not known the love of God. If they give expressions of love it comes for relatives who do demonstrate love and pray for them. How Can I Express Love? Once again I would emphasize getting around several loving people and watch how they carry out the teaching about love from God’s word. Amen? Amen!