Sunday Morning SoundBytes 3/11/2007

Yestereday we began a new series on The Love Chapter from 1 Corinthians 13. Yesterday’s message was called, The Measure of Love, taken from verses 1-3.

1 Corinthians 13:1-3 – 1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. (NIV)

The main idea of the message was that love is the true measure of all that we say, all that we have, and all that we do. Here is a brief recap of the message:

1) You cannot measure the value of your words by the impressiveness of your speech.
      – The most eloquent speech may communicate nothing of value.
      – The gift of tongues can be selfishly applied.

2) You cannot measure your spiritual maturity by the extent of your gifts.
      – The person who has great spiritual gifts is still nothing without love.
      – Spiritual gifts are not a sign of spiritual maturity but of God’s grace.

3) You cannot measure the size of your reward by the depth of your sacrifice.
      – Example of C.T. Studd the missionary (who gave all his money away)
      – Example of Polycarp the martyr (who surrendered his body to the flames)

Yet, as great as their sacrifice was, if they did not do it out of love for God and neighbor, then they gained no reward.

How do you measure your life? Money? Status? Accomplishments? The biblical way to measure your life – all that you say, all that you have, all that you do – is by love. Don’t wait until the end of your life to suddenly realize that you have been using the wrong measure. May God help us to measure our lives according to that which will truly last – the measure of love.

Note: To read the complete message, go to the Sermons tab at the top of the blog.

2 Comments

  1. Barrie Sobczak says:

    Hi Ray,

    Great message you had yesterday. I will really enjoy your sermon page when you get it started. God Bless you and your church.

    Barrie

  2. Margaret says:

    Enjoyed reading sermon notes. The same day I was reading in “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren, about Christian love and maturity in I Corinthians 13, – He says: ” While knowledge is one measurement of maturity, it isn’t the whole story…….. Our beliefs must be backed up by Christ-like behavior” – those are just brief quotes from the book – highly recommended reading to encourage us in Christian growth.

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