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Spiritual Gifts- Week 10
Spiritual Gifts and Love
          Love & Spiritual Gifts
• Each of the 4 main passages on spiritual gifts
  links the necessity of love and spiritual gifts
• After listing spiritual gifts in Romans 12, Paul
  explains the need for love (Romans 12:9-16)
• In Ephesians, Paul bookends spiritual gifts
  with a discussion of love (Eph 4:1-3 & 14-16)
• In 1 Peter, the teaching on love is placed before
  the teaching of spiritual gifts (1 Peter 4:8-9)
  Love & Spiritual Gifts in 1 Corinthians
• The first verses stand apart from the rest of the
  chapter with each verse starting with the word IF
• No matter what gift is exercised, gifts with out
  love is always a problem
• Jonah lacked love in the use of his gift, it led to
  his anger with God
• The effect of the gifts lies with God (1 Cor 12:6)
• Paul is elevating the fruit of the Spirit- namely
  love, over the gifts of the Spirit
        What Is Love Really Like?
• Love suffers long
• God is long suffering because long suffering
  deals with people
• Love is kind
• Love and kindness are not a license to deal with
  sin in a non-biblical way
• Discipline is being kind
                What Isn’t Love?
•   Love is not jealous
•   Love is not arrogant and does not boast
•   Love does not behave badly
•   Love is not self centered
•   Love is not easily provoked
•   Love does not keep score
•   Love does not rejoice in unrighteousness
        The Consistency of Love
• Love always bears up under adversity
• To bear up (support or protect) means to “hold
  up” rather than “fold up”
• Love always has faith
• Adversity is an occasion where love & faith may
  be demonstrated
• Love always has hope
• Love is hope in the midst of adversity
• Love always perseveres
• Love is the difference between “How long God?”
  and “Too long, God!”
      Applying This at Sunrise
• First, pray that God would expand your
  capacity to love even more
• Second, go to the Scriptures yourself to learn
  more about love
• Read John, 1 John, Psalms or Deuteronomy
• Third, encourage those who speak and serve
  others with love
       Shine, Jesus Shine
  Lord, the light of Your love in shining
   In the midst of the darkness shining
 Jesus, Light of the World shine upon us
Set us free by the truth You now bring us
        Shine on me, shine on me
                  Chorus
             Shine, Jesus shine
  Fill this land with the Father’s glory
            Blaze, Spirit, blaze
           Set our hearts on fire
              Flow, river flow
Flood the nations with grace and mercy
           Sent forth Your Word
        Lord and let there be light
  Lord, I come to Your awesome presence
   From the shadows into Your radiance
 By the blood I may enter Your brightness
Search me, try me, consume all my darkness
         Shine on me, shine on me
                  Chorus
             Shine, Jesus shine
  Fill this land with the Father’s glory
            Blaze, Spirit, blaze
           Set our hearts on fire
              Flow, river flow
Flood the nations with grace and mercy
           Sent forth Your Word
        Lord and let there be light
 As we gaze on Your kingly brightness
    So our faces display Your likeness
    Ever changing from glory to glory
Mirrored here may our lives tell Your story
        Shine on me, shine on me
                  Chorus
             Shine, Jesus shine
  Fill this land with the Father’s glory
            Blaze, Spirit, blaze
           Set our hearts on fire
              Flow, river flow
Flood the nations with grace and mercy
           Sent forth Your Word
        Lord and let there be light

				
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