Week 2 – Jeff Maness – August 12th, 2018
If pride as at the root of your heart then noise will be the fruit from your heart. We have to get love to the root so that love becomes the fruit. In this culture of noise, only a love that is not jealous, boastful, proud or rude will rise above the noise.
Love Is Louder – Pride
When love is at the root of my heart then love will be the fruit from my heart.
Big Question: What is the fruit of love?
Main Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:4b-5a
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1 Corinthians 13:4b-5a 4 Love is not jealous (literally does not envy) or boastful or proud 5 or rude.
Romans 1:29-30 29 Their lives became full of every kind of wickedness, sin, greed, hate, envy, murder, quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, and gossip. 30 They are backstabbers, haters of God, insolent, proud, and boastful. They invent new ways of sinning, and they disobey their parents.
1. Love celebrates with others
James 4:1-2a 1 What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? (Noise) Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? 2 You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them.
Love is not grieved because someone else possesses a greater portion of earthly, intellectual, or spiritual blessings. Those who have this pure love rejoice as much at the happiness, the honor, the wealth, and the comfort of others, as they do with their own. They are ever willing that others should be preferred before them. — Adam Clarke
2. Love sacrifices for others
He who would love must be self-renouncing. All true love is a self-sacrifice. Where true love is, self-seeking cannot also be. Self is ever before others as an object to be served, and to be surrounded by a halo of honor from others. Love seeks to serve, and to lift others up with honor. — Sermon Bible Commentary
People say, “I’m looking for a church that can meet my needs.” What we should be saying is, “I’m looking for a church who’s needs I can meet.”
3. Love surrenders all others
Love does not act improperly. (unbecomingly, unseemly)