by Dave Gustavsen

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Love Is Radically Self-Forgetful (2 of 3)
Series: The Force that Moves the World
Dave Gustavsen
1 Corinthians 13

I want to open today with a quote from Shirley MacLaine, the actress. Here's what she once told the Washington Post:

The only sustaining love involvement is with yourself…When you look back on your life and try to figure out where you've been and where you are going, when you look at your work, your love affairs, your marriages, your children, your pain, your happiness-when you examine all that closely, what you really find out is that the only person you really go to bed with is yourself. The only person you really dress is yourself. The only thing you have is working to the consummation of your own identity. And that's what I've been trying to do all my life.

And now I'd like to quote from Jesus-here's what he told a group of people, recorded in Matthew 16: ''If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.''

Now, let me say the obvious: those quotes represent two extremely different philosophies of life.

And now let me say something that could be offensive: sometimes I think we look more like disciples of Shirley MacLaine than disciples of Jesus. Ouch!

Now, I want to get back to that in a minute, but first let me just do a two-minute review of this series we're doing. We are talking about love. And we're doing that by focusing on one of the most famous passages in all of Scripture-1 Corinthians chapter 13. Paul was writing to the church in the city of Corinth, and when you read the letter it's obvious they were just like us-because they were having all kinds of problems getting along. So in this part of the letter, Paul was trying to show them there was a better way to live, and a better way to treat each other.

So last week, here's what we saw: it's possible that we could have incredible spi ...

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