Tom Scott - 18/06/2017
1 Corinthians 13:4
Date: June 19, 2017
I want to begin this E-study with an urgent prayer request from Dr. Bill who works with Agape. The government has ruled against a school that was being built on the farm and is threatening to force the destruction of the building. Dr. Bill’s chief attorney is already under extreme scrutiny which makes this an added burden for someone already stretched thin. Dr. Bill could use some extra prayers today for the future of his mission as the government once again applies pressure on religious groups spreading the gospel message. (Some details have been left out on purpose because of the sensitive nature of the email received from Dr. Bill).
Yesterday, we continued on with our series of messages from First Corinthians chapter 13. Paul says that love does not envy. We spent some time talking about the levels of envy and how to slay this green-eyed monster that seeks to destroy our lives. Let’s take some time this week to reflect upon that message by working through these five questions.
1. Envy is something that has been around since the beginning of time. From the first couple of chapters in Genesis to the last pages of Revelation, we see the power of envy. If you had to give a definition for the word “envy” what would that look like?
2. In the message I talked about the two levels of envy. The first level is coveting things that others possess. The second level is resentment which carries with it bad feelings towards others because of what they have. How does the story of Haman from the book of Esther illustrate these levels of envy?
3. In the message, I suggested a three step process by which we can slay this green-eyed monster of envy. The first step is to acknowledge the problem. Why is it so difficult for some of us to admit that we struggle with envy?
4. The second step is to change our perspective. I pointed to Matthew 6:33 and Philippians chapter 4 as passages which talk about this issue. It is by seeking God first in our lives and being content with what we have received that leads to overcoming envy. What are some examples in our society today which illustrates far too many individuals are losing this battle against envy?
5. For the final step, I suggested that we need to extol other people. The word extol means to praise, exalt, or lift up. Instead of dragging people down and holding resentment towards those who have; we need to be happy for those who are promoted, succeed, or achieve in life. Paul says that love never becomes jealous of what others have. How would you grade yourself when it comes to envying others?
Hope you had a wonderful Father’s Day! I can’t wait to show you the presents my children presented to me yesterday. You will have to come this Sunday to see one of them. As added bonus, this Sunday I will be showing a video from our experience at Camp Allendale with 22 high school students. Enjoy the week and invite a friend to come with you this Sunday as we celebrate God’s great love for us.
In His Service,
LOVE DOESN’T ENVY
1 Corinthians 13:4 June 18, 2017
Introduction: We are working our way through the list of words used by the apostle Paul to define the term, “love.” This morning we are going to look at the fact that true love does not envy. As we examine this third portion of Paul’s definition, let’s consider how it applies to us. Do we harbor envy in our hearts towards others?
I. The green daisy.
A. Magicians don’t tell.
B. Love doesn’t envy. 1 Corinthians 13:4
II. The green sickness.
A. Level one is ______________. Esther 5:9
B. Level two is ______________. Esther 6:6
III. The green-eyed monster
A. _________________ the problem. Genesis 30:1
B. _________________ our perspective. Matthew 6:33
C. _________________ other people. Philippians 2:3-4
Conclusion: Envy is a poison which leads to spiritual sickness if not dealt with. This morning we have looked at how to rid ourselves of envy. True love builds people up and celebrates their accomplishments. Let’s work on ridding ourselves of envy so that we can impact lives for God in a positive manner.
Key Thought: We need to be happy for those around us
Key Words: coveting, resenting, acknowledge, change, extol