Chestnut Ridge Church
Nine - Part 2: Love
What are we, as Christians, supposed to be like? What qualities should be evident in our lives? The Apostle Paul, in Galatians 5, listed nine amazing Christ-like attributes that are called, “the fruit of the Spirit.” This series, Nine, will explore these attributes and will answer the question, How do we get them in our lives?
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Nine - Part 2: Love [May 20, 2018] Tim Haring

Problem: We don't realize how important love is

Solution: Make your main goal in life to love well





1 Corinthians 13 as Tim memorized it:

1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
2 If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
3 And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,
5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,
6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;
7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never fails – 1 Corinthians 13:1-8a, HCSB

Make your main goal in life to love well
Last week's take away:
Don't try; instead, rely.

This week's:
Make your main goal in life to love well


• Agape is not about a feeling; it’s about doing

Love: a strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties
– Merriam-Webster
1. Love: a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.
2. Love: a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child or friend

–Dictionary.com
1 Corinthians 13:4-6

4 Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,
5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,
6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;
• Agape is not about a feeling; it’s about doing
• Agape is unconditional
Agapē means to love the undeserving, despite disappointment and rejection; [1]
– White


[1] White, R. E. O. (1988). Love. In Baker encyclopedia of the Bible (Vol. 2, p. 1357). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.
• Agape is not about a feeling; it’s about doing
• Agape is unconditional
• Agape is sacrificial
Make your main goal in life to love well
· If love is determined by your deeds and not by your words or feelings, how well do you love?
· How conditional is your love? Do you tend to only love those who love you in return?
· Are there some people you have trouble loving? How well do you love your enemies?
· What might it look like to love your enemies well?
· What cost are you willing to pay to love well?
· Are there any practical steps you can take to demonstrate your love for someone?

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