AGAPE

ἀγάπη / AGAPE

1 Corinthians 13

Part 1

I. Agape Love is superior. (13:1-3)

. . . And I will show you a still more excellent way. 1 Corinthians 12:31

Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:8

II. Agape Love is actively selfless. (13:4-5)

By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 1 John 3:16

· Patient

· Kind

· Does not envy

· Does not boast

· Not arrogant

· Not rude

· Does not insist on its own way

· Not irritable

· Not resentful

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 1 John 4:7

III. Agape Love is sacred. (13:6)

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 1 John 2:15

ἀγάπη / AGAPE

1 Corinthians 13

I. Agape Love is superior. (13:1-3)

. . . And I will show you a still more excellent way. 1 Corinthians 12:31

II. Agape Love is actively selfless. (13:4-5)

By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. 1 John 3:16

• Patient

• Kind

• Does not envy

• Does not boast

• Not arrogant

• Not rude

• Does not insist on its own way

• Not irritable

• Not resentful

III. Agape Love is sacred. (13:6)

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 1 John 2:15

IV. Agape Love is stubborn. (13:7)

· Bears all things: stego: covers, supports, protects / holds up under pressure "Protects" NIV "Never Gives up" NLT

· Believes all things: "Trusts" NIV, chooses to believe the best in every circumstance. Keeps faith in God no matter what.

· Hopes all things: No matter how tough today is, Love waits and hopes in the promises of God!

· Endures all things: Keeps going when everything says stop. Hupomeno is a military term used of an army holding a vital position at all cost. Every hardship and every suffering was to be endured in order to hold fast! (Gen 2) Love holds fast to those it loves. Love will not stop loving!

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38–39

But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.” And when Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more. Ruth 1:16–18

"Love bears what is otherwise unbearable; it believes what otherwise is unbelievable; it hopes in what otherwise is hopeless; and it endures when anything less than love would give up. After love bears it believes. After it believes it hopes. After it hopes it endures. There is no after for endurance, for endurance is the unending climax of love." John MacArthur

V. Agape Love gets stronger. (13:11)

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment. Philippians 1:9

May the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you.

1 Thessalonians 3:12

· Like a child becomes a man, love matures with time.

· Child-like faith (trust, dependent) vs. putting childish thing (selfishness, self-centered) away in regards to love.

· What things do you need to put away to grow stronger in love?

· Never stop praying God makes your love stonger."

VI. Agape Love never stops. (13:8, 13)

I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. Jeremiah 31:3

Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! 1 Chronicles 16:34

· Not only does it not stop because of the pressures of this world, it does not stop when this world fades away!

· Imagine a world where everyone displayed only faith, hope, and love. That is what heaven will be like!

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