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1 Love that costs and overcomes 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

2 Why do we keep this special day? Were recognising the cost of preserving our values and freedom…

3 Why do we keep this special day? Were acknowledging that those who bear that cost often never see the result of their sacrifice...

4 Why do we keep this special day? Weve come to honour them; to remember them; to pray for their families

5 Why do we keep this special day? Weve come to emulate the love that made them respond to the crisis of their time…

6 This love is more than emotion

7 What does the bible say about this love?

8 Different sorts of love in the Bible Agápe - spiritual love Eros - passionate love (Word does not appear) Philía – friendship Storgē – familial affection (Word does not appear)

9 Different sorts of love in the Bible Agápe - spiritual love Eros - passionate love (Word does not appear) Philía – friendship Storgē – familial affection (Word does not appear)

10 What is this love? Love is as love does. Love is an act of will - namely, both an intention and an action. Will also implies choice. We do not have to love. We choose to love. M. Scott Peck

11 What is this love? St. Thomas Aquinas defines it as "willing the good of the other"

12 God is love He is not just loving He is not just loveable He is love itself (1 John 4:8) To enter into this love is to enter into the personhood of God himself

13 1 Corinthians 13:1-13

14 1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

15 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

16 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.

17 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

18 1. What can prevent us loving? Failing to see the wood for the trees – getting so caught up in what Paul says, are ultimately secondary things…

19 So love is above… (v1-3) Even spiritual gifts… Tongues Prophecy Knowledge Faith AND Charitable works Physical hardship

20 2. What kills love? Allowing sin to take over our life is like ignoring an illness… Ignoring it Rationalising it Succumbing to it This is a process isnt it?

21 So love is beyond… (4-8) Envy Boasting Pride Dishonour Self- seeking Anger Bearing grudges Being delighted by evil

22 3. What helps us to love? Knowing our goal! Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect Matthew 5:48

23 So love is being like God himself… (4-8) Patient Kind Truthful Always protecting Always trusting Always hopeful Always persevering Never failing

24 Encouraging one another in these things Modelling this love in our life… Taking our discipleship as seriously as we might take our physical fitness… 3. What helps us to love?

25 4. What is the cost of this love?

26 Its a love that overcomes! He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose. Jim Elliot ( )


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