“Love: The Appropriation of the Holy Spirit”

The Messenger: Rev. Dr. George B. Moody

Text: 1 Corinthians 1-13

Sermon Highlights

In 1 Corinthians, Paul tried to warn believers to be careful of how they lived. He wanted to correct the immorality and divisions among them by encouraging them to become more aware of their weaknesses and strengths. He wanted to bring their focus back to where it should be—on Christ. Paul said to them, “And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” (1 Corinthians 1-13)

If we truly love God, He will give us the strength to love others like He would, even when they make it difficult to love them. Power without love is nothing. Paul drove those who loved the Lord toward a deeper faith with Him. He described various characteristics of love to the believers in the church of Corinth:

  • Love is patient and kind.
  • Love is not jealous or boastful.
  • Love is not rude/does not demand its own way.
  • Love does not record past wrongs. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

The most powerful way that you can be filled with the Holy Spirit is to identify what is going on inside of you and recognize where you are weak and where you are strong. If God has laid His hands on you, stop making excuses and serve Him the way you should. Let the world know that you are His and He is yours. Love Him and keep His Word. His Word will give the gift of healing, mercy, giving, teaching, understanding, and the spirit of wisdom. Jesus said unto him, “If a man loves me, he will keep my word: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our home with him.” (John 14:23) Love Him and keep His Word. Love never fails!

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