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Love Is: Week 1 – Patient, Kind

Feb 12, 2023

I Cor 13:1-4 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it’s not proud. It does not dishonor others, it’s not self-seeking, it’s 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.”

As Paul writes the Corinthians, his description of love reveals some of the sins plaguing the church there. What are they? How do they impact relationships and overall community?

  • How do you finish this sentence: Love is….?  Why?
  • In Scripture, patience is a relational term meaning – slow to anger and quick to extend grace and mercy. Is this how you’ve understood patience?  
  • Can you think of experiences or situations in life when this patience is easy? What about difficult?  What is your usual go to when mistreated?
  • If kindness is an attribute of God, how is played out in the world?  In your life?
  • Kindness is action. How have you demonstrated kindness recently to those around you?
  • In your Family? Toward your friends? Strangers? Enemies or people you don’t like?
  • Do you think our culture views Christians as lovingly patient and kind?  Why or why not?
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