HERO CENTRAL August 7-11 Vacation Bible School

July 25/1Corinthians 13

The Corinthian Church had all the gifts of the Spirit in operation and yet the church was divided in their allegiance to different men instead of just following Jesus. There were cliques, people were getting drunk, others were involved in sexual sins, all because they were lacking one key ingredient in their Christianity. In this chapter Paul tells them that what they lack is love. God’s love or agape love; a love that loves just for the sake of loving. It is a love without strings attached. It is an expectation less love. God loves us just because he loves us. This love can only be had by us when we become born again. This love is poured into our hearts by the Holy Spirit when we believe in Jesus. All we have to do is believe that we have it and give it away to others.

Romans 5:5 (NLT) — 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

Romans 5:8 (NLT) — 8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.

If the Corinthian believers would have used the love God gave them as much as they were using the gifts God gave them they would have had no divisions, no cliques, no people getting drunk, and no sexual sins. God’s love always looks out for the other person first. In the Corinthian Church they were looking out for themselves first.

Verse 1 > they say that ‘talk is cheap’. Words do not cost us anything. Words take very little effort to speak. So if I say I love you it sounds good at the moment when things are going well in your life. However if you hadn’t had a drink of water in three days and I stopped by carrying my camel bak water bottle with me and said, “I really love you.” and then I walked away without giving you a drink; those words that used to sound good would be like noise at that moment; to you and to God. When the rich Christians at Corinth withheld food from the poor, their spiritual sounding words now became just noise to them and to God. God wants our hearts not our tongues!

Verse 2 > God has all knowledge and God can move mountains so if we have all knowledge and can move mountains it is because of God granting us those abilities. He also granted us the ability to love others and when we do that it gives our lives substance! God wants my heart not my abilities.

Verse 3 > If I give all that I have even to the point of sacrificing my body but withhold my heart from God there is no profit in it for me. If God doesn’t have my heart he has nothing.

Verses 4-8 > when God has my heart this is what my love will look like to God and others. Country singer George Strait had a hit song in 1983 > “You Look So Good in Love.” It was about an old girlfriend that he had dumped and then one day he sees her with another guy and he says > Oh how you sparkle and oh how you shine, the flush on your cheeks is more than the wine, and he must do something that I didn’t do, whatever he’s doing it looks good on you, You look so good in love, you want him that’s easy to see. He must have stolen some stars from the sky and gave them to you to wear in your eyes, you look so good in love.”  Go listen to the song on YouTube.

When we are in love with Jesus we will look so good in love because we will be patient and kind etc.

Verse 11 > children are selfish me first people. Born Again adults by the grace of God become you first people. Am I a child or an adult? You?

Verse 13 > Faith in Jesus saves me. Love for Jesus keeps my faith in Jesus. Love puts my faith in action and actually shows others that I do have faith in Jesus. Hope shows me that I have a bright future. Love keeps me from being arrogant about it and in tough times love is what floats my hope so that I don’t sink into despair or unbelief! In heaven I won’t lose my faith or hope but my love will keep right on working for an eternity.

Be Inspired Hilltop!

 

 

 

Comments

  1. Mark Gundersen says:

    Here is another set of scriptures just about everybody has heard multiple times at weddings but have you studied them. The qualities and importance of agape love asks everything from you. Most of us will say , of course I am a loving person, but if you break down the list point by point most of us, if we are honest with ourselves, will say oops / ouch (depending on your favorite phrase for self revelation). Agape love is selfless and forgiving. It requires both action and attitude. If you think about the old testament it requires tough love when Israel was willfully disobedient. When you hear / or read these verses, make sure you let there meaning sink in. They like John 3:16, The Lord’s Prayer and communion are powerful and should not be allowed to become just ritual. I love and miss you all.

  2. Nicole Hamilton says:

    This Agape love comes only from God, and we can only give this love to others if we have first received it from God for ourselves. I have found that when there is an area in my life where I struggle to show agape love to others, it is because I am not fully receiving and trusting in God’s agape love for me in this same area. I must first go back to God to receive His love and healing which will change me on the inside. Then, and only then, will there be genuine and lasting change on the outside.