Spring 2019 Unit 2 Fruit and Gifts of the Spirit

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Lesson 12 Love: The Most Excellent Way

May 19, 2019


 Love governs those who follow Christ faithfully. 


The Lesson Overview


Even many people unfamiliar with the Bible have heard at least parts of 1 Corinthians 13. Yet amid these powerful words about love, we might be inclined to forget Paul’s message: The exercise of spiritual gifts means nothing unless those gifts are exercised in love. 

A major abuse of the gifts by the carnal Corinthians was that the gifts were being exercised with a prideful spirit. Pride hindered the proper practice of the gifts, blurring their purpose and effectiveness. Today’s lesson reminds us that love is the governor of spiritual gifts. It is the crown of all motives. Love binds the souls of men to God and to each other. There can be no true service for God without love. 

Study Text

1 Corinthians 12:31 - 13:13

Key Verse

1 Corinthians 13:13

Now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity  (KJV). 

THE LESSON OUTLINE

1.  Love is Essential

     1 Corinthians 12:31 through 13:3

          A. A More Excellent Way

          B. Preeminence of Love


2.  The Characteristics of Love

     1 Corinthians 13:4–7

          A. Love in Relationships

          B. Love in Attitudes


3.  Love Will Remain

     1 Corinthians 13:8–13

          A. Love is Unfailing

          B. Love is Eternal 

DISCIPLESHIP IN ACTION

         DAILY BIBLE READING


Monday:  God’s Love for Israel. 

Deuteronomy 7:6–9


Tuesday:  David and Jonathan’s Mutual Love. 

1 Samuel 18:1–4


Wednesday: The Breadth of God’s Love. 

Psalm 36:5–10


Thursday: Love Like God Loves. 

Matthew 5:43–48


Friday:  Imitate God’s Love. 

Ephesians 4:32 through 5:2


Saturday: Living in God’s Love. 

1 John 4:13–21 


Radiant Life 

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