Pleasing God, Making Disciples of Jesus Christ

Seeking Revival: Loving People as Jesus Loves – Part 9

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.  1 Corinthians 13

1. Love is patient
2. Love is kind
3. Love does not envy (not jealous)
4. Love does not boast

Tonight

5. Love is not arrogant (filled with pride)

a. The Sinfulness of Pride

– Pride is condemned as evil: Prov. 2:4, Mark 7:20-23, 2 Tim. 3:1-2

– Pride is Satanic: Ezekiel 28:2

b. Pride Manifested

– Sinful ambition to rule and be independent: Gen. 3:1-7

– Sinful rebellion against God’s providence & provision: Numbers 14:1-11

– Sinful rejection of the God who is and to be sought: Psalm 10:4-11

– Sinful ignorance of one’s position as a creature: Ezekiel 28:1-10

c. Overcoming Pride

– Know ourselves before God and man: Isaiah 64:8, 1 Cor. 15:10

– Follow the pathway to humility

Be willing to become child-like before God: Matt. 18:1-4
Be willing to be the least of people: Luke 22:24-27
Be willing to be the servant of all: Mark 9:33-35
Be willing to daily bear the cross: Luke 9:23-24