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Christian Love

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;  7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

 

I.              Charity suffereth long, It is longsuffering, v4

A.            Anyone can be loving and kind when life is going well.

1.             But Charity is able to keep going even during difficult trials and testings.

B.            Charity can endure hatblack without giving in to it

1.             It can suffer ruin without vowing revenge

2.             It can suffer personal defeat without being resentful

C.            Charity gives a mind firmness

1.             Gives it power over anger.

2.             Gives it the patience to pray for others, rather than to seek their demise.

3.             God’s Word says, it is better to do good to an enemy than to do evil.

D.            Charity is patient, not losing its peace and purpose during a trial of the faith.

II.           And, It is kind, v4

A.            Charity suffereth long and is kind

B.            Despite trials, Charity is kind.

1.             It is kind in its thinking toward others, though they are not thinking charitably toward us

2.             It is kind in its treatment of others, though they aren’t treating us kindly.

3.             It is kind in its conduct, though others are not conducting themselves very kindly toward us.

C.            You learn a lesson when working with children

1.             They can see right through you

2.             If you are not truly kind they will know it.

D.            If you are suffering someone’s bad behavior, it is difficult to be kind

E.             This is the greatest rule of Charity:

1.             Charity suffereth long and is kind.

2.             Upon these two stands the truth of Charity.

III.        Charity envieth not

A.            Charity is never grieved at the prosperity of others.

1.             Not grieved by their talents and gifts; their ability to sing, play piano, or speak

2.             Not grieved by their good qualities: their looks, manners or charm.

3.             Not grieved by their honors: their position, job or office.

4.             Not grieved by their possessions: their homes, cars or wife.

B.            If we love our neighbor we won’t envy them for what they have,

1.             Rather than spoiling or lessening their joy in having it

2.             We will share their joy

3.             Their joy will be our joy.

4.             Charity brings Joy

C.            Envy is a result of ill will.

1.             The prosperity of those to whom we wish well can never grieve us;

2.             And the mind which is bent on doing good to all can never wish ill to any.

IV.         Charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up. v4

A.            Charity subdues pride.

1.             Its relationship with others is not built upon

a.              A comparison of material possessions or social position or power

b.              It does not become bloated with self-conceit when it receives things.

2.             Some, when they acquiblack things

a.              treat others poorly,

b.              despise them,

c.              treat them with contempt

3.             But, those motivated by brotherly love will in honor prefer one another.

a.              Romans 12:10  [Be] kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

b.              In lowliness of mind they will esteem others better than themselves.

c.              Philippians 2:3  [Let] nothing [be done] through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

B.            True charity (love) will give us an esteem for our neighbors, and raise our value of them

1.             This limits our esteem for ourselves,

2.             And this helps prevent pride and arrogance.

3.             Pride and arrogance can never grow out of tender affection for others.

C.            Charity guards us:   

1.             It guards us from thinking wrongly of others and ourselves,

2.             It guards us from pride,

3.             It guards us from arrogance.

V.            Charity doth not behave itself unseemly.

A.            It is careful not to pass the bounds of decency.

B.            Charity values the "conscience of the community."

1.             It dresses in good taste for the season or the occasion.

2.             It does nothing that hints of poor taste.

3.             It shows respect toward superiors. (community, business, family, church)

4.             It acts with kindness and understanding toward inferiors.

5.             It learns courtesy and manners.

C.            Charity is not for breaking order and bringing all men to the same level.

1.             but keeping the distinctions which God has made,

2.             allowing the rank or office that men have attained,

3.             And acting decently in one’s own station in life.

4.             Without taking upon itself to mend, or judge, or hate the conduct of others.

D.            Charity guards us:   

1.             It guards us from acting unwisely in public,

2.             It guards us from being disrespectful of others.

3.             It guards us from just poor behavior,

VI.         Charity seeketh not her own. v5

A.            Charity is an utter enemy of selfishness

B.            Charity does not seek its own praise, or honor, or profit, or pleasure.

1.             Who has not tried seeking these things for building his own stature,

2.             Only to find that they devour and destroy his stature instead.

3.             Self-love; Seeking praise, honor, profit and pleasure; only brings despair.

C.            Thou shalt love thy neighbor as Thyself.

1.             If you would have others love you, then you love them.

2.             If you would have others value your worth, then you value theirs.

3.             If you would have others bring joy to you, then you bring joy to them.

D.            Charity does not destroy self;

1.             On the contrary, it allows you to be what God intends for you.

2.             Trust God for who you are to be.

3.             Trust Him for what you are to do.

4.             Thank God for what He has planned for you.

E.             Charity guards the Christian.

1.             Charity would never enrich itself at the sacrifice of others. 

a.              Genesis 14:22  And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth,

b.              Genesis 14:23  That I will not [take] from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that [is] thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich:

2.             Charity guards the Christian from selfishness

3.             It guards him from self centeblack thinking, egocentrism

VII.      Is not easily provoked v5

A.            Charity tempers and restrains our anger.

B.            How many people have said, "I have a bad temper?"

1.             The real problem is that they don't control their temper.

2.             Every one of us has a bad temper, if we let our anger control us.

C.            Charity controls the temper.

1.             Charity grows in our mind until it is more important than our anger.

2.             Then we will never be angry without a cause.

a.              The cause must be right before our anger will kindle.

b.              A righteous cause will still stir our anger.

c.              But everyday trials will be handled much better in other ways.

3.             Anger can not long abide when it concerns someone we love.

D.            Charity guards us:   

1.             It guards us from anger against others,

VIII.   Charity thinketh no evil. v5

A.            Charity is not apt to be suspicious of others.

B.            Some people can list out their suspicions of other people.

1.             But charity keeps no ledger of wrongs done, or suspicious happenings.

2.             Charity is reluctant to believe ill of others.

3.             Appearances will not easily sway its good opinions of them.

4.             It will not easily believe bad reports.

5.             It will not make the worst conclusion.

6.             But will put the best face that it can on circumstances.

C.            Charity and distrust of others are opposites.

1.             Parents must learn to love their children.

2.             Husbands need to learn to love their wives.

3.             Churches would be healed.

4.             Homes would again become the backbone of our nation.

5.             Young people would leave home with purpose and goals.

IX.         Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth, v6

A.            Negative side.  “Rejoiceth not in iniquity,”

1.             No longer does the believer chuckle at dirty jokes.        "eschew evil"

2.             The believer is not fooled about alcohol.

a.              Who could laugh with the drunk,

b.              When he knows the agony of the family left in poverty?

3.             There is no sin known that will not bring a wince of pain to charity.

B.            Positive side, “but rejoiceth in the truth.”

1.             It is glad in the success of the gospel.

2.             Rejoices when people come to Christ.

3.             It takes no pleasure in people's sin, but looks past the sin to their day of salvation          

4.             Charity finds its pleasure seeing truth prevail among men.

X.            Charity believeth all things, hopeth all things, v7

A.            Charity is always inclined to believe well of others.

1.             When all is good and things look promising - believe in them.

2.             When there is doubt about others and people talk - believe in them

3.             When dark clouds overshadow them - believe in them

4.             When there is no more room to believe - then hope for them.

5.             Hope for their reformation, their recovery, their salvation.

B.            When all others abandon them, stand by their side.

1.             When others slander and insult them, encourage them.

2.             When others despise them - LOVE THEM.

XI.         Beareth all things, endureth all things.  v7

A.            1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. 

B.            Charity will cover over the faults of the brethren.

1.             It seeks not to publish these faults, unless duty demands it.

2.             Because charity cares not to spread shame and reproach.

3.             But forgiveness and healing.

C.            What a fortitude and firmness a fervent love will give the mind.

1.             Charity will stand with the beloved through thick and thin.

2.             As the marriage vows say, "till death do us part."

3.             In sickness and in health, for richer or for poorer.

 

Conclusion:

D.            Happy is the man who has this heavenly fire glowing in his heart and

1.             sending its warmth to all who come around.

E.             How lovely a thing would Christianity appear to the world,

1.             if those who profess it were more animated by this principle.

F.             That We would be more attentive to Christ's command to love one another.

1.             how few of Christ's believers are motivated, distinguished and known

2.             by this love.

G.            Would you be one of those who men know by this love?

           

 

 

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