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Love Never Fails – 1 Corinthians 13


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For the last 14 posts I have been studying and discussing the detailed description of love provided for us in 1 Corinthians 13.  This “agape” love that is described there is the love that we, as disciples of Jesus, are expected to live.  This is mentioned many times in 1 John and other places.  This is the love God possesses (John 3:16, for example) and that we see modeled for us throughout scripture and, most specifically, in Jesus’ life on earth, culminating in His crucifixion and resurrection.

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Love Rejoices in Truth, Not Iniquity – 1 Corinthians 13


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Verse 6 of this chapter has a significance that is easy to overlook, at least it has been for me.  It reads like this:

“does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;”  1 Corinthians 13:6  (NKJV)

If we allow the verse divisions to narrow our focus too much when studying this passage, we can miss the impact of these words.  I must admit that I can remember reading through this verse many times and essentially dismissing it as obvious.  Of course a disciple of Christ is to rejoice in truth.  We should just move on to the next verse.

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Does Loving God Mean I Must Love My Brother?


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For the people of God it only makes sense that we love God.  We may struggle with learning what that love entails, but we understand that He expects it.  And, as we come to know Him and His love more, we are moved to open ourselves more completely to loving Him.  However, there is an integral part of this love that may not seem as obvious.

Reading through 1 John it becomes apparent that there is a direct connection between the love we have for God and the love we have for our brethren.  And this is not an optional connection.  Consider the following passages:

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Learning God’s Love. Where should I start?


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So , where do I start?  As I mentioned in the last post, the essence of knowing about God, what He expects of us and so much more, is LOVE.  We need to understand love.  There is no shortage of sources willing to tell us about love.  In fact, the multitude of voices from books, organizations, movies, culture, popular media and endless other places speaking about love is noisy, confusing and full of contradictions.  The word “love” is used to mean almost anything.  To rephrase an old proverb, that which means too much, comes to mean nothing at all.  I would not presume to speak for Satan, but could this be his work?  From the scriptures mentioned in my last post, an understanding of love is needed to know God and to be His disciple.  If the meaning of love is lost in confusion, it is a victory for Satan.  Is it any wonder that so many people have given up in frustration or resolved to carry on with what seems good, until something else that seems better comes along?

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Love is the key! But, what does that mean?


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The point of being a Christian is to be a follower of Christ, to surrender to Him on His terms.  That is, after all, what the word Christian means.  We live in a time when that name has lost much of its meaning.  It seem that anyone can call themselves, their homes or their country Christian with only a vague connection with God or belief in Jesus.  For someone serious about being a Christian, it is important to learn who Jesus is and what He is about.  That search leads us to the bible, the Word of God.

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