What is Love?

For years, popular musicians have attempted to answer the question: “What is love?” There are over 10,000 songs on file at the U.S Copyright Office that begin with the words, “Love is …” Examples include: From 1912, “Love is a Sickness Full of Woes”; from 1927, “Love is Like the Influenza”; from 1968, “Love is Psychedelic”; from 1988, “Love is for Suckers”; and from 2007, “Love is a Losing Game”.

As we read this description of agape love in our passage today, we might feel as if we are playing a losing game – that this is impossible, I will never be like this. Well, I want to start this morning by letting you know that you were created to love like this. Jesus loved you into existence so that you could be as wonderful as Him – full of His love. And if Jesus has His way, it will happen.

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If This Only is Done, it is Enough

Imagine waking up in the morning and realizing, “Only one thing really matters today – loving other people. And if this is all I do – if I don’t get to the laundry, if I don’t get to clean the house, if I don’t finish my job at work – but I love the people around me, I have done what really matters.”

And on the other hand, if I do all that other stuff, if I run all my errands and accomplish all the tasks set before me, but I haven’t loved the people around me … I haven’t accomplished anything of value. In the eyes of God, all my work has been worthless. Did you know that?

Today, Paul is going to say to us: Love plus nothing equals everything. And if we would commit ourselves to learning how to do this one task, nearly all the problems we face in society would disappear.

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If This Only is Done, it is Enough

Imagine waking up in the morning and realizing, “Only one thing really matters today – loving other people. And if this is all I do – if I don’t get to the laundry, if I don’t get to clean the house, if I don’t finish my job at work – but I love the people around me, I have done what really matters.”

And on the other hand, if I do all that other stuff, if I run all my errands and accomplish all the tasks set before me, but I haven’t loved the people around me … I haven’t accomplished anything of value. In the eyes of God, all my work has been worthless. Did you know that?

Today, Paul is going to say to us: Love plus nothing equals everything. And if we would commit ourselves to learning how to do this one task, nearly all the problems we face in society would disappear.

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The Ultimate Superhuman

A physiologist and former British Olympian has unveiled a blueprint for what he describes as the world’s ultimate superhuman. It includes the acceleration of Usain Bold’s legs (whose fast-twitch muscle fibers can accelerate faster than 99.9% of people), the lungs of British rower Steve Redgrave (whose seven-liter capacity means he can take in a third more oxygen than the average person), the brain of “human calculator” Scott Flansburg (who can add numbers faster than a real calculator), the vision of Veronica Seider (able to distinguish detail from up to a mile away, her sight is 20 times better than the average human), the ears of Daniel Kish (able to navigate his environment by measuring the echo response of clicks made by his tongue), and the voice of Georgia Brown (whose vocal range spans 8 octaves).

Well, God is assembling a body greater than that right here – the superhuman body of Christ! A body that has been gifted with such things (as we talked about last week) as: miraculous powers, prophecy, mountain-moving faith, healing power, life-giving mercy, and wisdom from another world. And if you are a follower of Jesus, you are part of that superhuman body.

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