FT 1 Cor 13
What's Love Got to do With it? 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Read: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
This week was a little bit of a different youth group. While we did spend some time making observations about the text, we mostly spent time in application. The first thing we did was compile a list of values that Christian love must possess and come up with a definition. I was quite impressed with the definition the youth came up with! Here is a smoothed out version of that definition: "Love is a constant selfless choice that leads to beneficial actions towards other accompanied with affection and zeal for God. Love is craved by all and is a gift from God." Pretty good, huh?
With a definition of love worked out, the next question is "How is our love?" Are we doing that? Is that what characterizes our lives? Sure there are times we are pretty loving, but is it the common thread of our life? Typically, no. What is our hope? First, what is our hope of being found pleasing to God since we fall so short? Second, what is our hope of being able to love others and God like this? The answer to both questions is Christ! Only in him are we made acceptable to God and only empowered by Him can we love in this way!
On the basis of God's grace towards us, we next asked the question of what we need to change in our lives if this love is to be displayed through us to those around us. A text like this must be internalized in some way. I encourage you to spend time with your youth this week discussing this kind of love.
Ask: Use these questions to facilitate discussion with your teen.
How is Christian love different from the way we typically throw the word around?
How does your love match up with the characteristics of love found in 1
At the risk of sounding legalistic, what are some thing you need to stop doing and
some things you need to start doing if you are going to love your friends, family, and God well?
Pray: Take a few minutes and pray with and for your teen.
Pray that our lives would be marked by love for God and one another.
Praise God that he has loved us and has made it possible for us to love others.
Pray that this passage this week would find itself rooted deeply in our lives, and
that it would change our lives.