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Week7 2-21-15

Priority Of Love

 

Let love be your highest goal !...(1 Corinthians‬ ‭14‬:‭1‬a NLT)

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13‬:‭13‬ NIV)
 

Go after a life of love as if your life depended on it—because it does. (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭14‬:‭1a MSG)

WHY IS THE PRIORITY OF LOVE SO IMPORTANT?

1) WITHOUT LOVE ALL I KNOW IS INCOMPLETE 
I may have all knowledge and understand all secrets; …… — but if I have no love, I am nothing. (1  Corinthians‬ ‭13‬:‭2‬a GNB‬‬

2) WITHOUT LOVE ALL I BELIEVE IS INSUFFICIENT 
….. I may have all the faith needed to move mountains — but if I have no love, I am nothing. (1 Corinthians‬ ‭13‬:‭2‬b GNB‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬)

3) WITHOUT LOVE ALL GIVE IS INSIGNIFICANT
I may give away everything I have, and even give up my body to be burnt — but if I have no love, this does me no good. (1 Corinthians‬ ‭13‬:‭3‬ GNB)‬‬

So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.  (1 Corinthians‬ ‭13‬:‭4 MSG‬‬)
 

The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love. (Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭6‬b NIV‬‬)

REAL LOVE TAKES COURAGE
For Christ’s love compels us... (2 Corinthians‬ ‭5‬:‭14‬a NIV)‬‬
 

1) IT TAKES COURAGE TO COMMIT
My children, our love should not be just words and talk; it must be true love, which shows itself in action. (1 John‬ ‭3‬:‭18‬ GNT)‬‬

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her  (Ephesians‬ ‭5‬:‭25‬ NIV‬‬)
 

Just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her  (Ephesians‬ ‭5‬:‭25‬ NIV‬‬)

Now you must give more generously than anyone else. I am not ordering you to do this. I am simply testing how real your love is by comparing it with the concern that others have shown.              (2 Corinthians‬ ‭8‬:‭7-8‬ CEV)‬‬

2) IT TAKES COURAGE TO WALK IN THE LIGHT
This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 1  John‬ ‭1‬:‭5-7‬ NKJV‬‬
 

3) IT TAKES COURAGE TO SERVE
Rather, serve each other through love. (Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭13‬b GW‬‬)

4) IT TAKES COURAGE TO SPEAK UP
I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness from the great assembly. Psalm‬ ‭40‬:‭10‬b NIV ‬‬

5) IT TAKES COURAGE TO FORGIVE
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.  (Colossians‬ ‭3‬:‭13-14‬ NIV)‬‬
 

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