1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity
envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave
itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;7 Beareth all things, believeth all things,
hopeth all things, endureth all things.
I.Charity suffereth long,
It is longsuffering, v4
A.Anyone can be loving and kind when life is going well.
1.But Charity is able to keep going even during difficult trials and
B.Charity can endure hatblack without giving in to it
1.It can suffer ruin without vowing revenge
2.It can suffer personal defeat without being resentful
C.Charity gives a mind firmness
1.Gives it power over anger.
2.Gives it the patience to pray for others, rather than to seek their
3.God’s Word says, it is better to do good
to an enemy than to do evil.
D.Charity is patient, not losing its peace and purpose during a
trial of the faith.
is kind, v4
A.Charity suffereth long and is kind
B.Despite trials, Charity is kind.
1.It is kind in its thinking toward others, though they are not
thinking charitably toward us
2.It is kind in its treatment of others, though they aren’t treating
3.It is kind in its conduct, though others are not conducting
themselves very kindly toward us.
C.You learn a lesson when working with children
1.They can see right through you
2.If you are not truly kind they will know it.
D.If you are suffering someone’s bad behavior, it is difficult to be
E.This is the greatest rule of Charity:
1.Charity suffereth long and is kind.
2.Upon these two stands the truth of Charity.
III.Charity envieth not
A.Charity is never grieved at the prosperity of others.
1.Not grieved by their talents and gifts; their ability to sing,
play piano, or speak
2.Not grieved by their good qualities: their looks, manners or
3.Not grieved by their honors: their position, job or office.
4.Not grieved by their possessions: their homes, cars or wife.
B.If we love our neighbor we won’t envy them for what they have,
1.Rather than spoiling or lessening their joy in having it
2.We will share their joy
3.Their joy will be our joy.
4.Charity brings Joy
C.Envy is a result of ill will.
1.The prosperity of those to whom we wish well can never grieve us;
2.And the mind which is bent on doing good
to all can never wish ill to any.
IV.Charity vaunteth not
itself, is not puffed up. v4
A.Charity subdues pride.
1.Its relationship with others is not built upon
a.A comparison of material possessions or social position or power
b.It does not become bloated with self-conceit when it receives
2.Some, when they acquiblack things
a.treat others poorly,
c.treat them with contempt
3.But, those motivated by brotherly love will in honor prefer one
a.Romans [Be] kindly affectioned one to another with
brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
b.In lowliness of mind they will esteem others better than
c.Philippians 2:3[Let] nothing [be done] through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness
of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.
B.True charity (love) will give us an esteem for our neighbors, and
raise our value of them
1.This limits our esteem for ourselves,
2.And this helps prevent pride and arrogance.
3.Pride and arrogance can never grow out of tender affection for
C.Charity guards us:
1.It guards us from thinking wrongly of others and ourselves,
2.It guards us from pride,
3.It guards us from arrogance.
V.Charity doth not behave
A.It is careful not to pass the bounds of decency.
B.Charity values the "conscience of the community."
1.It dresses in good taste for the season or the occasion.