1 Corinthians 13: The More Excellent Way

by Rev. Vince Finnegan on October 30, 2016
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1 Corinthians 12:31 - Love is the more excellent way.

Matthew 22:36-40
The whole Old Testament depends on love.

Luke 10:25-27
What must I do to inherit eternal life?

1 Corinthians 13:1-ff
- Godly love is based upon obedience to the Scriptures, while human love is conditioned upon the relationship held with others.

1 Corinthians 13:1-3
- God desires for His children to do all these things but not outside of love. Love is that which God wants first and foremost from us.

- God is the standard because, according to 1 John 4:8 and 16, "God is love." Agape, therefore, is supernatural love. It is doing that which is not natural to do.

- Love is Longsuffering

1 Peter 3:20; Exodus 34:6
- It is to be long on patience with others even if their actions are evil. God’s patience with humanity is mind-boggling.

2 Peter 3:9 and 10
- God wants His children to behave as He does.

Ephesians 4:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 5:14 and 15; James 5:7-9

1 Corinthians 13:4
- Love is Kind - Luke 6:35 and 36

Nehemiah 9:17
- That God did not forsake them was indeed great kindness.

Romans 2:4; Titus 3:3-5; Ephesians 4:31 and 32; 2:7

The ugliness of envy stands out clearly in contrast to longsuffering and kindness. Envy is a painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to possess the same advantage.

1 Corinthians 4:6 and 7
- Love does not brag and is not arrogant.

Knowledge can cause people to get puffed up. However, when knowledge is used properly, love and edification result.

- Does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own.

Philippians 2:2 and 3

Love Is Not Provoked - Matthew 5:38 and 39

Love Does Not Think Evil. Love rejoices not in iniquity; love rejoices in truth.

1 Peter 3:8-12

1 Corinthians 13:7
- All things according to the Word

1 Peter 4:8

1 Corinthians 13:8-10
- Love never fails; everything else comes to an end.

- The spiritual abilities we now have are like children’s toys compared to that which will be ours when Christ returns.

Verse 13
- Love is the greatest!

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