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Love is…

Posted: May 15, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Every year in our youth ministry, beginning in February, we have a series of messages on “Love”. We used to call it the “Month of Love” series. But it almost always goes longer than a month. It usually involves lessons on sexual purity, saving yourself for your spouse…things like that. But, the Lord was very clear to me this year and I felt like; “sexual purity won’t matter, if the basics of real love are absent from someone’s life”. You will not want to “save yourself for your spouse” if you are “patient, kind, selfless” and aren’t “rude, selfish, etc.”. I think you get the idea. The next several posts will be taken from the my notes of those messages. 

Since this series is taking longer than a month, several of my student leaders would not allow me to call it the “month of love”. So, this is the “Season of Love” series. We going to take apart 1 Corinthians 13 and learn to  “Love Like JESUS”. 

One little word… “PATIENT”…. makes all the difference.

1 Corinthians 13:4 Love is PATIENT! Being patient is like a person who is able to avenge him or herself yet refrains from doing so.

“Let God be the reason you do what you do. Let His love be the reason you act the way You act.”

REAL LOVE does not ever give up! 

Nehemiah 9:30  “In Your love, You were PATIENT with them for many years…”

1 Corinthians 13:1-4  If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body [a]to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.

 

4 Love is patient, LOVE IS KIND…

 

Tonight: LOVE IS KIND…ARE YOU?

Mark Twain said; “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

Kind: good-natured; giving; loving; gentle; compassionate; having a desire to do good toward others.

Antonym: CRUEL

Mother Teresa: “Let us more and more insist on raising funds of love, of kindness, of understanding, of peace. Money will come if we seek first the Kingdom of God – the rest will be given.”

Princess Diana: “Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”

Unknown: “No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted.”

As you and I learn to LOVE LIKE JESUS… we have to ask ourselves some questions. Because scripture is VERY CLEAR about how to love. And if you NEVER stop to study or ask about HOW TO LOVE…you won’t learn…and you won’t know. So…why do we find it easier to be UNKIND to people around us than to take the few seconds it would take to show just a little KINDNESS toward someone…anyone. Because, you see…I believe that EVERYONE needs a little kindness.

 

LOVE IS KIND!

We call ourselves Christians…which literally means “little Christs”, yet we treat each other in unChristlike ways.

We make jokes at the expense of other people.

We say unkind things and the feelings of others…

James 3:7-12   7 People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, 8 but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. 10 And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! 11 Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water? 12 Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring.

We throw sarcasm around like it does not harm. If you find yourself using a phrase like; “I was just kidding…” alot; you may need to check your motive.

And then honest with yourself. What if someone said that to me? Ask yourself that question and then ask this; Will it really hurt me to be kind to ___________________? You fill in the blank. Seriously.

1 Corinthians 16:14 Let ALL that you do be done in love.

Why not take a minute (or 30) and think about some things that “ALL” could represent in YOUR LIFE!

1 Corinthians 13:4 “…LOVE IS KIND…”

 

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