- Talk: What is a way that someone has shown love to you?
- Walk: Find something out of the ordinary to do for someone else that shows them you care.
What does a heart look like that loves like Jesus?
1 Corinthians 3:21 - 4:5
- 21 So then, no more boasting about human leaders! All things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23 and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.
1 This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. 2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 3 I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. 4 My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. 5 Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.
6 Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, “Do not go beyond what is written.” Then you will not be puffed up in being a follower of one of us over against the other. 7 For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?
Paul's concern is the boasting of pride and ego: φυσιοῦσθε
- Comes from the word for billows...some observations on pride as billows:
- Pride is hollow
- Pride in pain constantly
- Pride is comparative
- Pride is easily broken
Paul doesn't care about being judged
- Other's opinions don't concern him.
- His own opinion doesn't concern him.
He is confident and at the same time understands that his having a clear conscious doesn't mean he is innocent.
- Love does not think more of itself, or less of itself, but love thinks of itself less.
Paul knows that he has already been justified by Jesus: δεδικ
- Each time he finds himself in the courtroom of his own mind, he renews himself by reminding himself that the verdict has already been given and the courtroom is closed.
- For Jesus, the verdict leads to performance, not the other way around.
- Talk: What are the areas in your life you feel judged or are judging yourself?\
- Walk: Pay attention to the times when you find yourself comparing and remind yourself that the courtroom is already closed.
You are a child of God, and he has already decided that in you he is well pleased. Now love like it.
- Read these Books: “Everyone Always” by Bob Goff | “The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness” by Timothy Keller
- Study these Texts: John 15-17 | 1 Corinthians 13 | Galatians 5 | 1 John 2