For this lesson on love and change, Part 3, let’s start with Romans 5:5: 5 And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
One, in fact has to change to get in line with the Word. Patience, love and hope go together. Love of God is poured out on you by the Holy Spirit.
God is developing character. It’s a process since God is really developing your character to line up with his word.
1 John 3:14 tells us: 14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love each other. Anyone who does not love remains in death. John is saying that you can cut your span short. Sin will bring an early demise. But we are responsible for what we do or say, and we ourselves open the door to sin.
1 Corinthians 13 is one of the most wonderful passage in Scripture addressing love:
13 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
The passage above from 1 Corinthians 13 is the “love walk.”