Essential Family: Unconditional Love

Scripture Verses

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Outline

Love is not an emotion that flows. Love is a commitment that grows.

Definitions

  • Agape Love – unconditional, unselfish, giving (meeting needs), forgiving, sacrificial
  • Modern definition – “It’s all about me.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-8

  • Verse 4 – longsuffering, patient, kind, not envious, not based on pride
  • Verse 5 – humble, generous, unselfish, slow to anger, pure
  • Verse 6 – truthful, honest
  • Verse 7 – bears, believes, hopes, endures
  • Verse 8 – it never fails!

Unconditional Love is a Command

  • John 13:34

Love is a Commitment

  • Ruth 1:16-17

Difficulties

  • Poor self-image
  • Hurt, rejection
  • Success
  • Competitors
  • Baggage

Supernatural Help

  • 1 John 4:8
  • Ephesians 3:17
  • Romans 5:5

Characteristics of Unconditional Love

  • Acceptance
    • Unconditional love unifies
  • Approval
    • Unconditional love doesn’t manipulate or bargain
  • Attention
    • Unconditional love expresses itself
  • Absurdity
    • Unconditional love is sacrificial
    • Ephesians 5:25-30; Titus 2:4
  • Accounting
    • Unconditional love forgives
    • Ephesians 4:12; Colossians 3:13
    • Matthew 18:23-25
  • 1 John 4:7
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