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The Greatest Gift (4 of 4)
Series: All You Need Is Love
I Corinthians 13:8-13
Kids learn quickly. But they see life and love from their own point of view. Asked what the thought about “falling in love” several children gave these answers:
• Tom, age 5 - Once I’m in kindergarten, I’m going to find me a wife.
• Glenn, 7 - If falling love is anything like learning how to spell, I don’t want to do it. It takes too long.
• Kenny, age 7 - It gives me a headache to think about that stuff. I’m just a kid. I don’t need that kind of trouble.
• Regina, age 10 - I’m not rushing into love. I’m finding fourth grade hard enough.
• Angie, 10 - Most men are brainless, so you might have to try more than once to find a live one.
• Dave, age 8 - Love will find you, even if you are trying to hide from it. I’ve been trying to hide from it since I was five, but the girls keep finding me.
• Manuel, age 8 - I think you’re supposed to get shot with an arrow or something, but the rest of it isn’t supposed to be painful.
That’s how children view love.
But when Paul talked about love to the church at Corinth, he wrote: When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. But when I grew up… I put away childish things.
At most weddings - when I Corinthians 13 is quoted– folks tend to leave that verse out. It just doesn’t sound… romantic. In fact, some might wonder why Paul even put that expression in the middle of such a powerful chapter on love.
Most folks don’t realize Paul didn’t write this chapter for wedding ceremonies.
Paul wrote this chapter for a church.
A church that didn’t understand what love was all about.
A church that was speaking like a child/ thinking like a child/ reasoning like a child.
For those of you that haven’t heard the previous sermons in this series, Corinth was a church that wasn’t a very loving place to be. They didn’t treat each other very nicely on occasion. They argued about all kind ...
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