Live Stream Feed | February 09, 2020 Love 101 – Childish Love vs Mature Love
Join us for the series – LOVE 101 This week’s message is titled: Childish Love vs Mature Love
CHILDISH LOVE – I give you all my power, therefore, I must attempt to regain control (legalistic)
MATURE LOVE – Gives choice and protects connection (relationship)
1 Corinthians 13
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
CHARACTERISTICS OF CHILDISH LOVE
1. Childish love is fear-based.
2. Childish love is pain focused.
3. Childish love creates an atmosphere of anxiety.
4. You are highly reactive to your surroundings.
5. Responsibility is difficult
CHARACTERISTICS OF MATURE LOVE
1. Love is a choice.
A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.
2. You maintain connection
Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law.
Romans 13:8 3.
3. You maintain boundaries.
Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.
Hebrews 12:12-13 4.
4. You understand commitment and consistency.
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
John 15:4 5.
5. Love is based in freedom.
Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
2 Corinthians 3:17
Are you manifesting childish love or mature love? Is your love Freedom based or Fear based?