Thursday, December 8, 2011

Do You Still Love Me?

Part 14 of a Segment-by-Challenging-Segment Series on 1 Corinthians 13

1 Corinthians 13:8a (NASB)
Love never fails …

1 Corinthians 13:8a (AMP)
Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end].

“Do you still love me?”

How many of us have wondered if a person would still dare to love us even after we broke another promise, or failed to live up to his or her expectations one too many times?

But today’s section of Scripture gives reassurance, doesn’t it? Love (God’s love in us and for us) enables us to love strong and forever; and best of all to know the Love that never fails.

The Phillips translation says it this way:
It is, in fact, the one thing that still stands when all else has fallen.

This week we finish our focus on 1 Corinthians 13, one small segment at a time. Wow!

How did you do? I’d love to hear from you.

 Which verses (or segments) were the toughest for you to apply?

 How have your motives changed while focusing on the Love Chapter?

 Do you think others are seeing a change in your behavior?

 More importantly, are others seeing Jesus in you?

Here’s 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 in its entirety:

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 (NASB)

4 Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,

5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,

6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;

7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

8 Love never fails …

And, for those who love the Amplified Bible’s added depth:

4 Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.

5 It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].

6 It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.

7 Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].

8 Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end].

2 comments:

  1. I have this question. How many "saved" Christians that are in church on Sunday or possibly not, really know what it means to love? I mean really, keeping alert for a a need. Perhaps spotting a sad looking person in another pew and going out of the way before service begins or right after to say hi and begin a conversation. Or if someone asks for some sort of help, do you help if in anyway you are able? Or do you dismiss it with I have no time at the moment, we are off to a chicken lunch.
    Are you patient when in the grocery check out line and the person in front has problems with something or do you groan and complain? There are many ways to help and for us, they should come from the heart if God's Spirit is in us!

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  2. Great comment, Anonymous. Isn't it true how easy it is to say we love others, but often our actions speak loudly of our indifference? While writing about these verses, I have become more aware on how truly selfish I am.

    I printed out the whole section (1 Corinthians 13:4-8a)to paste on an index card, so I can spend more time letting His Word change my heart.

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