(1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV) And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
(1 Corinthians 16:14 NIV) “Do everything in love.”
What is Love?
Unconditional at the core.
Greek: Agape- unconditional, it's simply given, a gift
(Romans 5:8 NIV) But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Familial in its nature.
Greek: Storge- Parents, siblings, and spouses. Feelings of family closeness.
(Romans 12:10 NIV) Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
(1 John 4:7-8 KJV) Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
Friendship at its best.
Greek: Phileo- friendship, brotherhood
(John 21:15 NIV) When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
(John 15:13 NKJV) Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
The passion of Christ.
Greek: Eros- erotic, passionate
(1 John 3:16 NIV) This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.
Ask God to direct your passions.
(Galatians 5:17 NLT) The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires.
(Proverbs 21:1-2 NASB) The king's heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He wishes. Every man's way is right in his own eyes, But the Lord weighs the hearts.
Give friendships another chance.
(Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NASB) Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.
Forgive the people who let you down.
(Matthew 5:23-24 NIV) “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.
“Forgiveness is releasing a prisoner and realizing the prisoner was you.” - Martin Luther
Accept the unconditional love of God.
(John 3:16-17 NIV) For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
(2 Corinthians 5:17-20 NIV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.