The Love Challenge

 

THE LOVE CHALLENGE

Part 5 – Love Is Humble
1 Corinthians 13:4

February 6, 2022
Dr. Mark S. Hartman, Lead Pastor

INTRODUCTION

1 Corinthians 13:4 Love is not boastful or proud.

1. WHAT ARE INDICATORS OF UNHEALTHY PRIDE?

A. Pride refuses to submit to God’s control.

1. Psalm 10:4  In his pride the wicked does not seek God; in all his thoughts there is no room for God. (NIV)

2. Proverbs 16:18 Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall. (NLT)

B. Pride lifts us up by tearing someone else down.

Luke 18:11-14  The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men – robbers, evildoers, adulterers – or even like this tax collector.  12 I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’  13 But the tax collector stood at a distance.  He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’  14 I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God.  For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.

C. Pride over-inflates our strengths.

Daniel 4:27-31  Therefore, O king, be pleased to accept my advice: Renounce your sins by doing what is right, and your wickedness by being kind to the oppressed.  It may be that then your prosperity will continue.  28 All this happened to King Nebuchadnezzar.  29 Twelve months later, as the king was walking on the roof of the royal palace of Babylon,  30 he said, ‘Is not this the great Babylon I have built as the royal residence, by my mighty power and for the glory of my majesty?’  31 The words were still on his lips when a voice came from heaven, ‘This is what is decreed for you, King Nebuchadnezzar: Your royal authority has been taken from you.’ (NIV)

2. ARROGANCE DAMAGES RELATIONSHIPS.

A. Arrogance injures our relationship with God.

James 4:6  God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.

B. Pride creates and maintains conflicts with others.

Proverbs 13:10  Pride leads to conflict…

C. Pride destroys intimacy with those closest to us.

D. Pride always postpones reconciliation of broken relationships.

1. “Temper gets us into trouble, but pride keeps us there.”  (Mark Twain)

2. Proverbs 28:13 A man who refuses to admit his mistakes can never be successful.

3. LOVE, that builds strong relationships, is HUMBLE.

A. Humility maintains a realistic view of who God created us to be.

1. Romans 12:3  Don’t cherish exaggerated ideas of yourself or your importance.  But try to have a sane estimate of your capabilities. (paraphrase)

2. Finding a balanced view of ourselves is healthy.

3. Romans 15:7  Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.

B. Humility recognizes God’s grace in our life.

1. 1 Corinthians 4:7  What are you so puffed up about?  What do you have that God hasn’t given you?  If all you have is from God, why act as though you’ve accomplished something on your own?

2. Deuteronomy 8:17-18  God blessed you so you would never think that it was your own strength and energy that made you wealthy. 18Always remember that it is the Lord your God who gives you power to become rich…

C. Humility recognizes and treats others as valuable.

    • I Peter 2:17  Show respect for everyone.  Love Christians everywhere…

a. Show respect for everybody.

b. Love Christians everywhere.