Love is the Support Structure for our Faith in Jesus
1 Corinthians 13
(Esp. vv. 1-3)
1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Three Consequences for Living without Love.
- Without Love our TALENTS are USELESS.
- Without love our FAITH is MEANINGLESS.
- Without love our SERVICE is POINTLESS.
Five Ways God’s Love Affects our lives.
- God’s love CLARIFIES the way we THINK.
- God’s love TRANSFORMS the way we LIVE.
- God’s love CHANGES the way we SEE.
- God’s love CONSTRAINS the way we BEHAVE.
- God’s love ALTERS the way we HEAR.
There are many reasons God saves us. He does it for His own glory. God takes pleasure in loving the highest order of His creation. He also saves us to satisfy His justice. God cannot declare the guilty innocent. That would violate the integrity of His character. The guilty must pay the penalty. Since God loves us, He sent His Son to pay the penalty. When Jesus volunteered to pay our penalty, God’s love found full expression—He was free to save us. And His justice is satisfied—the penalty was paid in full.
But, do you know the sweetest reason of all? God loves us unconditionally. He likes having us around. He wants to visit and fellowship with us. God is simply crazy about us. If we need to talk, He will listen. If we are hurt, He will comfort us. He can live anywhere in the universe, and yet, He chose to live in our hearts.
Pastor Luis Scott
Ambassadors of Christ Fellowship