IMPACT Church
The Persistence of Love
February 28, 2021
Main Scripture Reference(s)
1 Corinthians 13:8-10

The Persistence of Love

February 28, 2021 / 1 Corinthians 13:8-10

    “The Persistence of Love”

    Sunday, February 28, 2021

    Pastor Mike Bailey

    Introduction

    Love is estimated to be the subject of over 100 million songs. Since the early 1960s, over 60% of songs written were about love and relationships. Authors have written more than 130 million books on the subject of love. Love is both a verb and a noun. It is both something to obtain and something to demonstrate through actions. Some people would categorize it as the most important thing to seek out in life. Love can bring ultimate joy and the greatest pain to a person. The most popular scripture in the world, John 3:16, is built upon the subject of love. Since the beginning of time mankind has intellectually, spiritually, physically and emotionally wrestled with the subject and meaning of love. Through Scripture, God gives us the final verdict on love. He tells us what love is, why it is so important and how we should act upon it.

    February 14: The Power of Love (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)

    February 21: The Picture of Love (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

    February 28: The Persistence of Love (1 Corinthians 13:8-10)

    March 7: The Perfection of Love (1 Corinthians 13:11-13)

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    1. Love is .

    a. It no matter the cost.

    But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. Romans 5:8

    So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you. Deuteronomy 31:6

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    b. It no matter the sin.

    Hatred stirs up quarrels, but love makes up for all offenses.
    Proverbs 10:12

    Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends. Proverbs 17:9

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    2. Love .

    a. It ignores .

     If you are insulted because you bear the name of Christ, you will be blessed, for the glorious Spirit of God rests upon you. 1 Peter 4:14

     

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    b. It understands .

    “God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”

    Matthew 5:4

    All praise to God…God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others…For the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with his comfort through Christ. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5

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    3. Love is .

    a. It demands .

    We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.
    1 John 3:16

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    b. It delivers .

    Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

    Matthew 28:20

    I know the LORD is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. Psalm 16:8

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    4. Love is a .

    a. It defeats .

    For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

    And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:4

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    b. It defies .

    For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs. Zephaniah 3:17

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    5. Love is .

    Love is the purest definition of the newfound life we receive in a relationship with Jesus Christ. “It NEVER gives up, NEVER loses faith, ALWAYS finds hope, and ENDURES every circumstance.”

    Closing: Will you find victory in your life today in a personal relationship with Jesus Christ?

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