Tom Scott - 13/08/2017

1 Corinthians 13:7

: Love Continues On                               Text: 1 Corinthians 13:7

Theme: We need to carry on despite the challenges of life

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Date: August 14, 2017

This weekend’s news was filled with violence and chaos once again.  As angry words fill the air, people divide over issues of hatred, bigotry and racism.  Jesus gave one simple command and that was to love one another.  We are to love God with all our being and to love others as Christ has loved us.  This needs to be the message of the church no matter what city we live or what year we mark on our calendars.  We are to love others with the same passion which we see in our Savior.  The apostle Paul helps us define this type of love here in First Corinthians chapter 13.  This summer we have been looking at that definition during our morning worship service.  Yesterday we dealt with verse seven which talks about love continuing on forever.  Love always protects, trusts, hopes, and perseveres.  Let me share five questions which will help us reflect upon the message which I shared yesterday.

1. When you hear the term “always” what are some of the images that come to mind for you?

2. Paul says that love always protects.  That word means “cover” in the Greek language.  1 Peter 4:8 says that love covers a multitude of sins.  What does it mean to protect a fellow Christian who is struggling with sin?

3. The second word in verse seven is trusts.  As I mentioned yesterday, trusts does not mean gullible.  We are to trust one another as a sign of our love.  Why do we struggle with trusting one another these days?

4. In verse seven, Paul says that love always hopes.  Our hope is in Christ and eternity.  Romans 8:24 talks about hope in eternity as does 1 John 3:1-3.  Is there something happening in your life that has you searching for some hope when it comes to loving others?

5. The final word in verse seven is perseveres.  Paul wants the church to know that love always carries on despite the odds.  He bragged about the church at Thessalonica because of their faithfulness. (2 Thessalonians 1:4)  What motivates you to hold your ground when it comes to your faith in God?

Let’s pray this week that God will help us to shine brighter than ever when it comes to showcasing His love in this world.  Let’s pray that people within our community will see the church as a place of love not war.  Let’s pray that God will open up opportunities for us to impact lives in a positive way as we go about our business this week.

Join me this Sunday as we wrap up or summer series with one final message from First Corinthians chapter 13.  Paul concludes his definition by telling the church that love never fails.  I’m excited to share this final message with you this coming Lord’s Day!

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