Living Love (Part 2)

2008 Calvary Impact’s Mission Program

Week Two Bible Study

 

 

Last week, we began with a detailed look at the first few verses of 1 Corinthians 13. In these verses we found that the motivation behind and good work or use of a spiritual gift is more important that the actual good work or exercise of the spiritual gift (1 Cor.1:1-3).  The passage then begins to describe what agape love looks like in action. Verse 4 says that it is “long suffering” meaning that it can forgive and can endure in the face of adversity.  This verse also states that “agape love” is kind.  While not in the written study, we discussed the story of the Good Samaritan were we found hat as we develop a heart of compassion, we can more easily love others.  Finally, verse 4 describes that last attribute of agape love as having no envy.  Through Scripture we saw that God gives promotion and other gifts to those He loves.  We should rejoice when another receives these things.  We also found that we need to find contentment where God places us knowing that God’s ways and thoughts far surpass ours.

 

Please begin with prayer.

 

Answer the following questions.  They will be discussed at the third week mission meeting.

Please read: 1 Corinthians 13:4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

What do you think the “charity vaunteth not itself” means? 

 

 

 

Read: Matthew 6:5-7  And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.  But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.  But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

 

How does this verse state we should approach our Lord in prayer?  Is there a connection to this verse regarding prayer and how we should show agape love to others?

 

 

 

 

Is it easy for you to show love quietly and without anyone else knowing? Why or why not?

 

 

 

Please read: 1 Corinthians 13:4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

What does “puffed up” mean in this verse?

 

CS Lewis called pride “the great sin” because it seems to be the foundation of so many other sins. Please read the following verses to see what the Word has to say about being “puffed up”. (References from The Banquet Table by Pastor Tim Parrin).

Proverbs 11:2- When pride comes, then comes disgrace. What does pride lead to?  Think of a time where your prideful expectations led to disappointment and even disgrace.  Write your story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proverbs 16:18- Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. According to this verse, what is the outcome of pride?  If pride is defined as trusting in oneself more than in God, then why is this outcome certain?

 

 

 Proverbs 29:23- A man’s pride brings him low.  What do you think that this means?

 

 

Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. How does this verse say that we should view ourselves? 

 

 

 

Why do you think that pride is such a dangerous sin?  What practical things can you do to help you keep a proper perspective in your relationship with God and man?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please read the next verse: 1 Corinthians 13:5 (Love) Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

Love is the natural outflow of compassion as modeled by Christ.  Jesus blended in with the crowd so much that he had to be identified by the soldiers when they came to arrest Him. (Luke 22:48)  Please give an example of what you think “love behaving unseemly” may look like. 

 

 

 

Mathew 5:16 says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”  Is there a connection between the source of our agape love and how it is expressed?

 

 

 

 

 

Reread: 1 Corinthians 13:5 (Love) Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; What is another word for “seeking your own”?

 

 

Read: 1 Corinthians 10:33- Even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved. What does Paul say the true goal of Agape love should be?  What should this goal always come before?

 

 

 

 

What things can you do to keep from having selfish service that pretends to be love instead of servant hearted agape love?  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

List five key points from this study that will help you live agape love?

 

 

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Please pray and ask the Lord to help you to live His agape love by showing you areas in your walk with Him  that need your attention and His Spirit’s touch.

 

 

 

Written by: John R. Wallace, Jr. for the 2008 Calvary Impact Mission Program