Category Archives: 1 Cor 13:8

Love in Action


Love in Action – Merging Romans 12:9-21 & 1 Cor 13:4-8
M: Love must be sincere. 
C: It is not self seeking
M: Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 
C: Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
M: Be devoted to one another in love. 
C: Love always trusts
M: Honor one another above yourselves. 
C: Love does not dishonor others.
M: Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 
C: Love always perseveres
M: Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 
C: Love is patient
M: Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. 
C: Love is kind.
M: Practice hospitality. 
C: Love always hopes.
M: Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 
C: Love is not easily angered
M: Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 
C: Love rejoices with the truth
M: Live in harmony with one another. 
C: Love always trusts
M: Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. 
C: Love is not proud
M: Do not be conceited. 
C: Love is not self-seeking
M: Do not repay anyone evil for evil. 
C Love keeps no record of wrongs
M: If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 
C: Love never fails.
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Love is Patient


Love is Patient

A responsive reading based on 1 Cor 13:1-8

M:        Love is patient
C:        It is not hurried
M:        love is kind
C:        It is not harsh, rough or hurtful
M:        It does not envy
C:        It knows no other Gods
M:        it does not boast
C:        but only in Christ
M:        it is not proud
C:        It is humble
M:        It is not rude
C:        It is polite, refined and civil
M:        it is not self-seeking
C:        It is thoughtful and compassionate
M:        it is not easily angered
C:        it is understanding and sympathetic
M:        it keeps no record of wrongs.
C:        it forgives
M:        Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
C:        Jesus is the truth and the truth is His native language.
M:        It always protects
C:        never endangers
M:        always trusts
C:        never doubts
M:        always hopes
C:        never fears
M:        always perseveres.
C:        Love never fails.
All:      It always succeeds.

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of International Bible Society

What is love?


What is Love?

Love is patient
It is not hurried
love is kind
It is not harsh, rough or hurtful
It does not envy
It knows no other Gods
it does not boast
but only in Christ
it is not proud
It is humble
It is not rude
It is polite, refined and civil
it is not self-seeking
It is thoughtful and compassionate
it is not easily angered
it is understanding and sympathetic
it keeps no record of wrongs.
it forgives
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
Jesus is the truth
It always protects
 never endangers
always trusts
never doubts
always hopes
never fears
always perseveres.
Love never fails.
It always succeeds.

-based on 1 Cor 13:1-8

1 Corinthians 13:8


1 Corinthians 13:8

Love never fails. (NIV)
Love never dies.  (MSG)
Love will last forever.  (NLT)
Love never ends.  (ESV)
Love never failith.  (ASV)
The love doth never fall. (YLT)
It doesn’t matter how you say it; God is love and love does not fail.

“Love” is a difficult word to define and you will get a different definition from anyone that you ask.  I once did a children’s message on 1 Cor 13:1-8 which is Paul’s definition of what love is, and what it is not; and it’s actually God’s definition as well since it’s His inspired word that Paul is writing.  The approach that I employed required two paper bags, one labeled “Love is” and the other labeled “Love is not”.  I then gave each child a piece of paper with the scriptural definitions printed on them and their job was to place them in the appropriate bags as I read the text.

In the bag labeled “Love is”, they placed the following:

Patient
Kind
Keeps no record of wrongs
Does not delight in evil
Rejoices with truth
Always protects
Always trusts
Always hopes
Always perseveres

In the bag labeled “Love is not”, they placed the following:
Envious
Boastful
Proud
Rude
Self-seeking
Easily angered

God is Love


God is Love

This past Sunday I was delivering a children’s message on Jesus’ parable of the fig tree (Luke 13:6-9) and I made the point with the children that Jesus is like the gardener because he is patient with us.   This was unplanned, but the next thing that I said was that I know this because:

 

Jesus is God

and God is love

and love is patient … (hence, Jesus is patient with us)

 

Here’s a responsive reading substituting “God” for the word “love” in 1 Cor 13:4-8 and combining it with a few passages from 1John. 

 

Leader:        Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.  In fact, God is love.  (1 John 4:7 & 4:16b)

 

Leader:        Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

Women:      God is patient, God is kind. 

Men:            God does not envy, He does not boast, He is not proud. 

 

Leader:        It is not rude, It is not self-seeking, It is not easily angered, It keeps no records of wrongs. 

Women:      God is not rude, He is not self-seeking,

Men:            He is not easily angered, He keeps no records of wrongs. 

 

Leader:        Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.   Love never fails.

All:                God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  He always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.   God never fails.

Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version, Copyright© 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society.  Used by permission of International Bible Society