by Rick White

Magnify Jesus: Love One Another
Rick White
Alabama State Evangelism Conference
Huntsville, Alabama
1 Corinthians 13:1-3
January 27

Message Truth: People are not listening for a new explanation of Christian love, they are looking for a first-hand demonstration. A watching world will be persuaded not when we tell them we love them but when they see our claims incarnated in our lives.

(1 Cor 13:1-3 NASB) And I show you a still more excellent way. 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} And 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 deliver my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.

Introduction: "It is tragic that in many churches, as in the one in ancient Corinth, the love that is basic to Christian character does not characterize the membership or the ministry. Love was missing in Corinth. Spiritual gifts were present, right doctrine for the most part was present, but love was absent. Throughout history it seems that the church has found it difficult to be loving. It is easier to be orthodox than to be loving, and easier to be active in church work than to be loving. Yet the supreme characteristic that God demands of His people is love. In opposing that love the enemy of the church makes some of his supreme efforts".
(MacArthur, pp. 327-328)

I am appalled at the number of people who follow Jesus Christ who can be mean-spirited and nasty. What good is it to remember His death and celebrate His resurrection if it doesn't transform our attitude? Why bother with trying to follow Jesus if we don't treat people the way He would treat them?

(Phil 2:1-2 NASB) If therefore there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is ...

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