(Galatians 5:6 NIV) … The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.
(1 Corinthians 14:1 NIV) Follow the way of love . . .
(John 13:34-35 NIV) “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
• What I say is WORTHLESS.
(1 Corinthians 13:1 NIV) If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
(Ephesians 4:15 NLT) Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, . . .
• What I know is IRRELEVANT.
(1 Corinthians 13:2a NIV) If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, . . .
• What I believe is INSUFFICIENT.
(1 Corinthians 13:2b NIV) . . . . if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
• What I give is INCOMPLETE.
(1 Corinthians 13:3 NIV) If I give all I possess to the poor . . . (w\o love it’s nothing)
• What I accomplish is INADEQUATE.
(1 Corinthians 13:3b NIV) (If I) give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
(1 Corinthians 13:6-8 NIV) Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. . . .
(Daniel 6:3 NIV) Now Daniel so distinguished himself among the administrators and the satraps by his exceptional qualities that the king planned to set him over the whole kingdom.
(Daniel 6:5 NIV) Finally these men said, “We will never find any basis for charges against this man Daniel . . .
1. SERVE them.
(1 Corinthians 9:19 NIV) Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.
2. Be the EXAMPLE.
(Matthew 5:13-16 NIV) “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, . . . “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. … let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
3. Share CHRIST with them.
(1 Peter 3:15 NIV) But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. …
(Romans 5:8 NIV) But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.