Love Is Not Irritable
One of the words of this season has been unprecedented. I think that’s a bit overplayed, but one that I don’t hear too much that I think could aptly describe our culture right now is this: Irritated
Everybody is irritated. I don’t think it’s a stretch for any of us to identify with that word today. We feel it. It takes much less to tip the scales to be angry than it used to. We are short with our spouses and our kids. We are annoyed easily by our coworkers or even strangers out in the world. We are irritated by ads on tv. We are simply just irritated and this is a problem.
So this morning I want to look at two ways to describe this problem and then the solution to the problem.
- A heart and actions problem
- A heart and actions solution
Love is not selfishly angered
I bring up anger because Citylight Church is giving particular attention to strengthening our gospel culture this ministry year. A gospel culture is a church that makes the doctrine of the gospel visible through our culture; our relationships and life together. And at the heart of a gospel culture growing strong is a people learning to love one another as Christ has loves us. Anger and irritability are skilled at indicting others, but unskilled in the love required to cultivate a gospel culture. That’s where the Apostle Paul takes us next in our journey through 1 Corinthians 13. In the middle of verse 5 we read: it [love] is not irritable. That brings us to the big idea of our brief passage: love is not selfishly angered. I say selfishly angered because the sinless Lord Jesus Christ did get angry for the glory of God when he overturned money changer’s tables in the temple out of zeal for his Father’s glory. But Jesus was never irritable; he never got angry over a personal slight or wrong done to himself. Love is not selfishly angered. To address the first rising of anger in the heart and learn to love as Jesus has loved us, we are going to look at selfish anger from three angles this morning: 1. The anatomy of selfish anger. 2. The ugliness of selfish anger. 3. The hope for selfish anger.
Love Does Not Seek Its Own Advantage
In 1 Corinthians 13:5 we read that love “does not insist on its own way.” Said another way, love does not seek its own advantage. This truth can be easier to state than live by because the sin of selfishness is deep rooted in our hearts. We are all prone to put our happiness, our comfort, ourselves on the throne of our lives rather Christ. When Christ is properly seated on the throne of our lives we become more concerned with seeing Christ glorified than ourselves.
A question everyone has to face in life is, “What are you seeking?” What is your aim in life? In this sermon we’ll look at what 1 Corinthians 13 says love does not seek: Love seeks not its own. Love is not selfish.
After the starting with what love is, Paul now moves to what it is not. Love does not envy.
Love shows patience and does kindness
The big idea of today’s brief passage: Love shows patience and does kindness. The reason I say, “shows Patience” and “does kindness” is because the words translated “patient” and “kind” are actually verbs, action words. Love is when others are truly dear to you and love acts by showing patience and doing kindness. This morning, we’ll take our big idea in two parts: 1. Love shows patience. 2. Love does kindness.
Love is Patient and Kind
In 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Paul is not merely describing love, but he is using verbs to show that love is defined by how it is put into practice. This week, we see that when Paul writes that love is patient and kind he is say, love responds with patience and love extends kindness.
Patience & Kindness
Having established the necessity of love, Paul moves to a description of it. While love is not an action, love is active in patience and kindness.