BETTER TOGETHER III
I CORINTHIANS 13:1-8; 13 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.8 Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever!
13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.
HAVE WE LEARNED TO LOVE?
CLEAN UP OUR MESS
I MATTER/SO DO YOU (POWERFUL PEOPLE)
CREATE A SAFE SPACE
SEND/RECEIVE CLEAR MESSAGES
“WHAT DO. YOU NEED?”
UNDERSTAND VS. AGREE
HEALTHY BOUNDARIES = HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS
PRIORITIES - LEVELS OF INTIMACY
WE HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO DISPLAY THE LOVE OF THE FATHER
LIKE JESUS - WHEN THE WORLD SEES US, THEY SHOULD SEE THE FATHER’S HEART
JOHN 13:34-35 Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. 35 Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
WHAT DOES THAT LOVE LOOK LIKE?
LOVE LOOKS LIKE
CONNECTION OVER CONDEMNATION
COMMUNICATION OVER CONTROL
WILL YOU BE SOMEONE WHO KEEPS YOUR LOVE ON?