2 Uses of the word LOVE in the Bible! Love Defined
3 Not Used In The New Testament! Different Words For Love!Eros - Sexual loveThe word “erotic” comes from this!Not Used In The New Testament!Love Defined
4 Not Used In The New Testament! Different Words For Love!Stergein - Familial loveNot Used In The New Testament!Love Definded
5 Different Words For Love! Phileo - More nearly represents tender affection!This word is never used in a command to love God’s word!This love is not given without expectation!This love usually expects the same coming back in return!Love Defined
6 Love Defined Different Words For Love! It is to Love the Unlovable! Agapao - Largely translated as “love”2nd most common translation in KJV is "charity"(Esp. 1 Cor. 13)!This kind of love is unnatural to man!It is a love that must be learned and is commanded!It is a love given without expectation and it denotes and demands a total commitment!Jn. 3:16There are no conditions, no strings attached!It always seeks the good of it’s object!It is to Love the Unlovable!Love Defined
7 1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.1 Corinthians 13:1-7
8 8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part.10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.1 Corthinans 13:8-13
9 Actions alone are not Love! All our works must be done with love as the basis!Jesus gave us the Example of love!John 3:161 John 4:7-14Actions alone are not Love!
10 Works Must be Based on Love! Speak in tonguesGift of prophesyUnderstand:All MysteriesAll knowledgeHave great faithGive all to the poorGive my body to be burnedWITHOUT LOVE THESE ARE NOTHING!Works Must be Based on Love!
11 Love is NOT impatient! “Love suffers long” – vs. 4 God is patient! Long suffering!God is patient!Romans 15:5Apostles were patient!2 Corinthians 12:12; 1 Thessalonians 1:3We must be patient – 1 Timothy 6:11With our brethren – Tit. 2:2With our family!With ourselves!In faith – Heb. 6:12; James 5:7Love is NOT impatient!
12 Love is NOT unkind! “and is kind” – vs. 4 A character trait of God “of a good or benevolent nature or disposition, as a person: a kind and loving person.”A character trait of GodCol. 3:12-15; Titus 3:4Commanded of GodEph. 4:32A work of faith!2 Peter 1:7Love is NOT unkind!
13 Love does NOT envy! “does not envy” – vs.4 Christ crucified for envy! “a feeling of discontent or covetousness with regard to another's advantages, success, possessions, etc.”Christ crucified for envy!Matt. 27:12-18A trait of the ungodly!Rom. 1:29; Phil. 1:15A work of the flesh!Gal. 5:19-211 Tim. 6:4; Titus 3:3Love does NOT envy!
14 Love does NOT parade itself ! “vaunteth not itself” – vs. 4“to speak vaingloriously of; boast of: to vaunt one's achievements.”Means also to not be rash!acting or tending to act too hastily or without due consideration.Is not braggadocios!Matt. 6:1-8Love does NOT parade itself !
15 Love is NOT puffed up! “is not puffed up” – vs. 4 “feeling self-important; arrogant; pompous.”“To be full of pride.”Paul condemned this among Christians1 Cor. 4:6, 18-19; 5:2Col. 2:18The proud fail!Proverbs 16:18; Luke 14:11Indicates lack of humbleness!James 4:10Love is NOT puffed up!
16 Love does NOT behave rudely! “does not behave…unseemly” – vs. 5“discourteous or impolite, especially in a deliberate way: a rude reply”Christ was never rude!He was firm and spoke forthrightly!Matt 23.Rudeness is the opposite of kindness!Kindness commanded by Paul – Eph. 4:32Kindness is a “work of the Spirit”!Gal. 5:22Love does NOT behave rudely!
17 Love does not seek its own! “seeketh not her own” – vs. 5Christ did not seek His own interest!Phil. 2:1-11Paul had the mind of ChristPhil. 1:21-26He sought the spiritual welfare of the PhilippiansSo must we!1 Peter 5:5Love does not seek its own!
18 Love is NOT provoked! “is not easily provoked” - vs. 5 “to anger, enrage, exasperate, or vex”Not to provoke one to evil!Eph. 6:4; Col. 3:21Must provoke (stir up) to do good!Heb. 10:24Love is NOT provoked!
19 Love does NOT think evil! “thinketh no evil” - vs. 5No evil thoughts regarding others!Prov. 23:7Could be expressed in our speechOr presuppositions we have of othersJames 4:11-12Evil thoughts reflect an evil heart!Matt. 15:18-20An evil heart results in evil actions!James 2:4God’s word judges our thoughts!Heb. 4:12Love does NOT think evil!
20 Love does NOT rejoice in iniquity! “rejoiceth not in iniquity” - vs. 6Rejoice - to be glad; take delight in; to rejoice in another’s happiness.Iniquity - gross injustice or wickedness.This is a trait of the worldly!Romans 1:19-32They take pleasure in wickedness!2 Thess. 2:3-12Moral and religious unrighteousness!Matt. 7:21-23We must rejoice in truth!2 John 1:4; 3 John 1:4Love does NOT rejoice in iniquity!
21 Love does NOT reveal or yield! “Beareth all things” – vs. 7Original stego to cover, to conceal – to bear or sustain.Will bear afflictions or persecutions that comeTo conceal in the sense as used by Peter1 Peter 4:9Does not delight in revealing the sins and short comings of others!Not a gossip nor a tattletale.Love does NOT reveal or yield!
22 Love does NOT yield to suspicion! “Believeth all things, hopeth all things” – vs. 7To give one “the benefit of the doubt”Believes the best if no evidence to the contrary!But, not gullible – can discern good and evil!Looks and hopes for the best in people!Does not yield to “evil surmisings”1 Tim. 6:4Love does NOT yield to suspicion!
23 Love does NOT yield to trials! “endureth all things” – vs. 7From hupomono meaning to have brave patience!Willing to face circumstances such as persecution, hindrances, temptationsPaul warned that persecutions will come!2 Tim. 3:10-12This love will be willing to endure what ever circumstance life may bring!Love does NOT yield to trials!
24 “Charity never faileth” – vs. 8 All other things would fail or cease!Love is unfailing and superior to anything else!Love must be permanent!Must continue to the end!We will fail if we don’t have the “agape” love!Faith and Hope must abide and continue!LOVE is the Greatest and must be the Foundation and Basis of these!Love does NOT fail!