Sermon About What So Great about Love? 1 Corinthians 13:8-13

Sermon About Love: "What's So Great about Love?" 1 Corinthians 13:8-13

1. Some qualities of love:

The Bible teaches us about the nature of God's love and the qualities of love that we should strive to embody in our own lives. 

One of the most famous passages about love in the Bible is found in 1 Corinthians 13, which is often referred to as the "Love Chapter." This passage describes love as patient, kind, not envious, not boastful, not proud, not rude, not self-seeking, not easily angered, and keeping no record of wrongs. It also says that love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.

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Here are some of the qualities of love that are mentioned in the Bible:
1. Patient: Love is patient and kind (1 Corinthians 13:4). It is willing to wait and endure through difficult times without giving up.
2. Forgiving: Love does not keep a record of wrongs (1 Corinthians 13:5). It is quick to forgive and let go of past hurts.
3. Sacrificial: Love is willing to make sacrifices for the good of others (John 15:13). It is selfless and puts the needs of others before its own.
4. Humble: Love is not proud or arrogant (1 Corinthians 13:4). It is willing to put aside its own desires and serve others with humility.
5. Trusting: Love trusts in the goodness and faithfulness of God (1 Corinthians 13:7). It believes that God has good plans for our lives, and that He is working all things together for our good.
6. Compassionate: Love is compassionate and empathetic towards others (Colossians 3:12). It seeks to understand the feelings and experiences of others, and responds with kindness and compassion.
7. Part of the fruit of the Spirit, Gal. 5:22.
8. The “more excellent way” (hyperbole: “beyond measure,” from “excel, exceed”), 1 Cor. 12:31 (1 Cor. 13).
9. Love never fails, 1 Cor. 13:8.
10. Love’s enduring nature makes it “the greatest,” 1 Cor. 13:13.

2. Love learns what must be learned.

Love is not only a feeling or an emotion, but it is also an action. It requires effort, time, and sacrifice. Love is also a learner, eager to learn the word of God and to apply it in everyday life.

A. Love is Humble, Willing, and Eager to Learn and Grow in Love for God and Others, Matt. 22:37-40.
B. Love Learns the Word of God, Jno. 14:23-24 (necessary inf.).

Love is not just a feeling, but it is also an action that involves learning and applying the word of God. As we grow in our love for God, we will have a deeper desire to learn His word and to live according to His will. We will recognize that His word is a source of wisdom, understanding, and guidance that can transform our lives and help us to love others more fully.

3. Love Speaks the Truth of God, Eph. 4:15.

Love is often associated with warmth, affection, and kindness, but it also involves speaking the truth of God. The Bible teaches that love is not just a feeling, but an action that involves telling the truth in a loving and respectful manner.

1. With longsuffering and kindness, not rudeness and ill-will, 1 Cor. 13:4-5.
2. With conviction and urgency, 2 Tim. 4:2.
3. Love rejoices in the truth, 1 Cor. 13:6.

Love Obeys God to have Fellowship with God, Jno. 14:15; 1 Jno. 2:5 (1 Jno. 5:3; Phil. 2:8); 2 Jno. 6. Love corrects children, Heb. 12:5-6. Love accepts correction (from God, parents), Heb. 12:7 (9).

In Ephesians 4:15, the apostle Paul instructs Christians to "speak the truth in love."  This can be challenging, especially when we need to address difficult issues or confront wrongdoing, but it is an essential aspect of love.


Overall, the Bible emphasizes the importance of love as a central aspect of human life and relationships. It teaches that love is not just a feeling, but an action that requires selflessness, sacrifice, and a willingness to serve others.

Love is the “greatest” because it abides, it endures, 1 Cor. 13:13. Love fills every crevice of godly character, moves every action of obedient faith, and serves every soul in need.
Those who “love one another” are born of God and know God, 1 Jno. 4:7.

By: Joe R. Price
Posted February 8, 2020

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