God has laid it on my heart to really focus on being the example and to encourage other women through this bible study to be the vessel to bring God glory. Not just hearing the word, but doing the word. Being the light in this dark world. Being guided by Holy Spirit to show love to those who need it most and listen without the intent to reply. REALLY listen and REALLY love.
So with that being said, God lead me in 1 Corinthians 13.
Known as the “Love Chapter”.
This was a hard chapter for everyone including me because Holy Spirit really challenged me. I thought I was really good at loving but I think through this lesson we all learned that we could love a little harder and more like Jesus.
My notes will not be as organized as last weeks (sorry). But there was A LOT of Holy Spirit led discussion.
Read 1 Corinthians 13
We know from reading this chapter that without love we are nothing but a noisy clanging symbol. Even our gifts are useless without love.
During this time I pointed out that God looks at the intention of the heart. I could be doing this bible study without love and for my own benefit and social status instead of doing what God called me to do. You can give to the poor without doing it in love. A pastor can be preaching at a church with the wrong motive. This applies to everyone. It is so important to ask Holy Spirit to reveal things that aren’t of God and cast them out.
We live in a world that doesn’t know how to love because they don’t know God. Anything that we settle for before we had God was a counterfeit love. For me this including approval of others, drugs & alcohol, and men that were never going to be my husband. I was always searching for something only God could give.
“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”-1 John 4:7-8
Another one of my favorite verse about pure love, is that it covers a multitude of sins.
“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”-1 Peter 4:8
One more verse about love that will lead us into the next thing I am going to have you do 🙂
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”-1 John 4:18
Before we get into the characteristics of love, I would like you to do two things:
1) Ask Holy Spirit to guide you and reveal to you if you really love. Replace your name in every spot that it says love in 1 Corinthians 13…..
Well…how did it go? For me and many others in our group, we had some things to work on.
2) We know God is love…so replace the word love with God.
Are you believing any lies about God?
Breaking Down The Charactersitics of Love (Taken From KJV)
Love (Agape)- love which in moral prefrence, divine love
Patient (makrothumeo)- refuses to retaliate in anger because of human reasoning. Opposite of quick tempered
Kind (chresteuomai)-to show one useful, act benevotently
NOT envious– (zeloo)- NOT jealous, to bubble over because it is so hot
NOT boastful- (perperuomai)- NOT show off or need much attention
NOT Puffed Up- (phusioo)- arrogant, exaggerated sense of one’s own importance or abilities
NOT acts unbecomingly- (aschemoneo)- not acting in accord with the standards appropriate to one’s postion of life
NOT seek the things of it’s own way
NOT easily provoked– (paroxuno)- become emotionally evoked, to take jabs
NOT keep accounts– (logizomai)- keep track, charge of wrongs
NOT rejoice at unrighteousness– (adikia)- Violation of God’s standards which brings disapproval
Rejoices -(sugchairo)- sharing God’s grace with another person. Celebrate together!
In Truth- (aletheia)- reality, fact
God & Jesus are really the only true examples of pure love. However, we are called to look at Jesus the perfector of our faith and grow to be more like him every single day. We all have things we can work on to love a little harder or deeper. So do not be discouraged!
Have Holy Spirit work on you from the inside out. Start with your heart. Lay everything at his feet today and just be obedient to what he calls you to do.
Next week we will be continuing to focus on being a Christ-Like example and really being a doer of the word and will be reading in Romans. We would love for you to join us!