Looking For Love
Throughout our entire lives one thing that we all need and crave is to be loved. Without love and connection we become a hollow shell of who we could be. Over the ages this has been reflected through music, drama and literature because it rings true for so many. That is why we spend so much time in our lives looking for love. As we look for love we first need to know what real love is and what it is not. Secondly, we need to know how to look for love in all the right places and not in the wrong places. This Sunday, Valentine’s Day, I hope you can come join us as we look to God’s word for answers to these questions. If you have a friend or family member out there looking for love invite them too. Understanding real love is crucial for a happy and healthy life.
See you this Sunday!
1 Corinthians 13 (NIV)
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. 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. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Small Group Questions
- What is love? Give an example of how someone loved you and how it made you feel.
- What is not love? Give an example of how someone hurt you and how that made you feel. (Please avoid referring to other people in your small group)
- Can God direct you in finding a helpmate (spouse) for your life? What’s your story?
Matthew 7:7-8 (NIV) “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Psalm 27:14 (NIV) Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
- Where should your search for love begin?Matthew 6:33(NIV) But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
- How can we pray for you?