What is Love?

What is Love?

1 Corinthians 13


“By this all people will know
that you are my disciples,
if you have love for one another” 
John 13:35 ESV
Call to Worship: Psalm 36:5-9 (NIV)

Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens,
        your faithfulness to the skies.
Your righteousness is like the highest mountains,
        your justice like the great deep.
        You, Lord, preserve both people and animals.
How priceless is your unfailing love, O God!
        People take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house;
        you give them drink from your river of delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
        in your light we see light.

Scripture Reading: 1 John 4:7-12 (NIV)

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

Sermon Text: 1 Corinthians 13 (ESV)

12 31 But earnestly desire the higher gifts.
And I will show you a still more excellent way.

13 1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 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 gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

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

14 1 Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.

Songs

Your Love Oh Lord (T. Anderson, B. Avery, D. Carr, M. Lee, M. Powell)
Christ Is Enough (R. Morgan, J. Myrin)
Build My Life (B. Younker, K. Martin, K. Kable, M. Redman, P. Barrett)
Love is Patient (lyrics J. Matuck, S. Reese, original lyrics by Koo Koo Kanga Roo for the song, Pop See Ko)
Who You Are to Me (C. Kelly, C. Tomlin, D. Haywood, H. Scott)
Christ Be All Around Me (D. Leonard, J. Mooring, L. Mooring, L. Jordan)