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True Love Waits Part 2
1 Cor. 13
One word summary of Christianity = Love
John 3:16: For God so loved
Jesus Said: Sum up all commandments
1.Love God with all your heart
2.Love your neighbor as yoursself
Night Before Crucifixion
A new commandment I give you
Love One Another
By this shall all men know
I.Love is Above All
A more excellent way
Greater than knowledge, giving, martyrdom
Its absence = zero
Whatever you do -if have not love
ItNeutralizes your testimony you are spiritually a zero
II. Love is Action
Not a feeling, an emotion
A warm fuzzy
It is something you do
It is a decision of the will
It is a choice of the heart
Eros "Erotic" Romantic passion usually selfish, demanding
Other Person Centered
Characteristics of Love
All are verbs
1.Love is patient
Suffers long "long fused" long tempered
Hangs in There
Willing to suffer long time
Patient with people
Waiting on God to work in their lives
I'm going to hang in there, encourage you and endure until God breaks through in your life.
Eros: Cuts you off
Get act together and let me know
e.g. Jesus - From cross - never stopped
Loving - patiently loving
In marriage - prevent most divorces
Also patient with ourselves - God is still working. Believe what he says about you.
2.Love is Kind "Warm" sympathic, caring
Lit. Usefully kind
Its one thing to patiently wait but another to be kind through it.
Responds, even to hurt, with sweetness, gentleness
Paul: Be ye kind one to another active - do it.
I'm wrongPlease forgive me
3.Love Does Not Envy "Jealous"
Envy staged 1st murder - Cain killed Abel
Envy led Joseph's brothers - sell him into slavery
The sorrow of fools
The death and ...
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