“LOVE BUILDS UP”
1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
IF WE ARE NOT OPERATING IN LOVE THEN WE DON’T KNOW GOD.
NKJ 1 Cor 8:1 Now concerning things offered to idols: We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies (BUILDS UP).
2 And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.
“The goal of our instruction is love, from a pure heart, and a good conscience and a sincere faith” 1 Tim 1:5
Eph 4:29 Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.
IN THE FLOW OF LOVE IS POWER, HEALING, REVELATION.
TPT 1 Cor 8:1 How easily we get puffed up over our opinions! But love builds up the structure of our new life. 2 If anyone thinks of himself as a know-it-all, he still has a lot to learn. 3 But if a person passionately loves God, he will possess the knowledge of God.
NAS 3 but if anyone loves God, he is known by Him.
THE THING THAT DISTINGUISHES YOU BEFORE GOD IS NOT HOW MUCH YOU KNOW ABOUT HIM.
YOU CAN’T IMPRESS GOD WITH WHAT YOU KNOW BUT YOU CAN IMPRESS HIM BY LOVING HIM.
Matt 7:22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’
Rom 13:10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
TO PRACTICE THIS, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BE AWARE OF OTHER PEOPLE.