RETHINKING REAL LOVE
WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT? RETHINKING REAL LOVE Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. (1 Corinthians 13: 1-3 NKJV) CHRISTIANITY WITHOUT LOVE IS NOT CHRISTIANITY And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13 NKJV) 3 Distinct Traits of Agape Love AGAPE LOVE IS NEVER 50-50, BUT CONTINUALLY 100 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8 NKJV) AGAPE LOVE IS ALWAYS BACKED BY ACTION Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. (1 John 3:18 NIV) AGAPE LOVE IN ACTION IS FRAGRANCE TO GOD Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. (Ephesians 5:1-2 NKJV) AGAPE LOVE STICKS TO PURPOSE NO MATTER WHAT As the Father loved me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. (John 15:9 NKJV) Life Group Questions What does real love mean to you and do your thoughts align with God’s Agape Love? What can you learn from the statement “Agape Love is never 50-50, but always 100?” How can you demonstrate Agape Love to where it’s more than mere talk? Agape Love is genuine commitment despite issues. How do you rate your Agape Love towards God, devotions, prayer, ministry, home, family, and career?