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The Value, Virtue and Victory of Love

PASTOR WIL: Uh, Dr. Grace, why don’t you greet us.  

DR. GRACE: Amen, come on, let’s bless the Lord today.  We honor the Lord and we thank God for His presence.  Amen, the joy of the Lord is our strength, amen, and I’m so excited about being in the house of the Lord today.  I tell you, when I walked in the doors I felt the presence of the Lord, and I don’t know about you – after a long week, it’s Christmas holiday season and there’s so much that we have to do, but you know what?  We don’t have to do anything right now but give God our praise, so, why don’t you help me, amen.  (Applause.) Give our king of kings and the Lord… (Indiscernible.) Amen, all we can give Him.   

PASTOR WIL(Applause.) Ah, Hallelujah.  

DR. GRACE: (Applause.) Lord, everything we have, amen.  That’s all we can give Him, we can’t pay him enough…  (Indiscernible.) 

PASTOR WIL: Ah! Come on, let’s bless Him, let’s praise Him. 

DR. GRACE: Why don’t we give God all that we have today.  

PASTOR WIL: Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.  Ah!  

DR. GRACE: The Lord’s worthy to be praised!  Hallelujah.  We give Him all of our praise, amen, I’ve just been telling the Lord, Lord, I love you, I have genuine love for God.  Had it not been for Him on my side, I wouldn’t be standing here today.  Had it not been for the Lord who was on my side, I would not be standing here today, so we’re getting ready to close one year out, amen, but I thank God that I started 2016 with God, I’m closing 2016 with God, amen, and if the Lord lead, the Lord help lead me into 2017, I’m going into 2017 with the Lord, amen, I am on the Lord’s side, so, I love the Lord and I, I’m just so honored, I thank God for this opportunity to stand next to the love of my life, amen.  Isn’t he handsome?  I thank God for our shepherd, we got a handsome shepherd, but we’ve got a, a preaching machine, amen, a powerful, anointed man of God, and I am happy, amen, to call him my husband and my shepherd, amen.  He feeds us the word of the Lord, and, uh, today, I’m just honored to be standing here before the Lord just to do something for God.  The least that I can do, I am just honored to do that, so I love my husband, and I thank God for this great opportunity. 

PASTOR WIL: God bless you.  (Singing with choir.)  I love you, Jesus.  I worship and adore you.  Just want to tell you – come on – Lord, I love you, more than anything.  Oh, Lord, I love you, Jesus, I love you, Jesus.  I worship and adore you.  Just want to tell you, Lord, I love you more than anything.  Oh, from the bottom of my heart I love you, Lord Jesus.  I love you, Jesus, and I worship you.  I worship and adore you.  Just want to tell you, just want to tell you, Lord, I love you, Lord, I love you, more than anything.  Everybody!  I love you, Jesus, I love you, Jesus, oh, and I worship you, I worship and adore you.  Just want to tell you, just want to tell you, over and over and over, Lord, I love you, oh, more than anything.  Oh, lift those hands!  Lord, I love you, yes I do.  Lord, I love you, yes I do.  We come into your gates with thanksgiving, and into your courts with praise.  Lord, I love you, yes I do, Lord, I love you, yes I do.  ‘Cause when I look back over my life, I can truly say – Lord, I love you, yes I do, Lord, I love you, yes I do – you picked me up, you turned me around, you placed my feet on solid ground.  Lord, I love you, yes I do, Lord, I love you, yes I do.  You gave me a wife, you gave me children, and you watch over us all day long.  Lord, I love you, yes I do, Lord, I love you, yes I do.  Lord, I love you, yes I do, Lord, I love you, yes I do.  Come on, everybody!  Oh, Lord, I love you, yes I do, Lord, I love you, yes I do.  Lord, I love you, yes I do, Lord, I love you, yes I do.  Oh, Lord, I love you, yes I do, Lord, I love you, yes I do.  Lord, I love you, yes I do, Lord I love you, yes I do.  Oh, Lord, I love you, yes I do, Lord, I love you, yes I do.  Lord, I love you, yes I do, Lord, I love you, more than anything.  Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah!  Lord, I love you, more than anything.  Everybody, just one more time, just tell God how much you love him, just tell him, Lord, I love you, more than anything.  Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, God be the glory.  Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.  

(Singing ends.)   

This great thing that we have called love, this great thing that God has given us called love, and I just wanted to, before we close out this year, Dr. Grace and I just wanted to go back, and, and just rehearse that, this thing called love, the value of love, the virtue of love, and today, the victory of love, but first thing, you had a testimony of someone that shared with you about this teaching.   

You may be seated.  

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DR. GRACE: And we’ve just been really, really thankful to the Lord for those that have really grabbed ahold of this right-now message on the power of love.  Um, there was a young lady who, several testimonies that have come my way, there was one via email and I will share that, I’ll read it to you on Wednesday night, but I just thank the Lord, uh, for those that have come by the bookstore and have purchased volumes of books that they want to use for the book, for book clubs on next year, we thank God for that.  We thank God for those that it’s, um, it’s making a difference in their lives and I’ll share it with you on Wednesday, I’ll read it to you, but this word is really making an impact in the lives of our families all around that are watching and, um, are here for the word.

PASTOR WIL: So we’ve been teaching from what the Bible, what people have coined “the chapter of love,” the love chapter in the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13, and if you would go there, uh, we’re going to read the, the third segment of this chapter.  The first segment dealt with the value of what is called the preeminence of love, the second section, which we gave you last week, was the virtue or the characteristics, uh, or the prerogative of love, and this section here, uh, in 1 Corinthians 13, in 8 through 13 gives you what is called the permanency of love, the permanency of love, so, Dr. Grace is going to read that for us, uh, 1 Corinthians 13, verses 8 through 13, if you can read that, First Lady.  

DR. GRACE: Charity never faileth, but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away – for we know in part, we prophesy in part, but when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.  When I was a child, I spake 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 through a glass darkly; but then face to face, now I know in part, but then shall I know even as I also am known, and now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three – but the greatest of these is charity.

PASTOR WIL: So, I was, um, Dr. Grace was just telling me how much that blessed her, even in just reading it, and I wanted to, uh, show you in the message Bible, um, some of this, and I’m just going to read a little bit of it, not the whole chapter, but just to hear it in a, in a different context.   

First couple of verses says, “If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.  If I speak God’s words with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith to say to a mountain, ‘Jump!’ and it jumps, but don’t have love, it’s nothing.”   

When we went into the next section on, that was the first message, the second message talks about love from, uh, uh, that our birthright, this power that we’ve been given to love unlovable people, to stay in unlovable situations because it’s so powerful, and it’s your birthright and we, we refuse to sell it.  It says, “Love never gives up, love cares more for others than for self, love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have, love doesn’t strut, love has, uh, doesn’t have a swelled head, doesn’t force itself on others, isn’t always ‘me first,’ doesn’t fly off the handle, doesn’t gives, doesn’t keep score of what’s been wronged or, or sins been done by others, doesn’t reveal when others grovel, takes pleasure in following the truth, love,” uh, he says here, “It trusts God always, looks for the best, never looks back, but keeps going to the end,” and, and, and, then today, uh, some of the passage that the First Lady read, “Love never dies, inspires speech, will be over, uh, uh, someday praying in tongues, will end, understanding will reach his limit, we know only in part,” but what he goes on here to say is that, uh, uh, that “love never fails, never quits, but it always wins,” which brings us to what we want to talk about today, which I do believe is going to be a blessing to many of you, which is the value, the virtue, and now the victory of love, and I really believe it’s going to bless a lot of people, so, what I wanna do is, we’ve been kind of showing a little video, uh, um, uh, to kind of get us started with the message today, so our A/V room is going to show you another little video, uh, on love.  This one is inspiring. 

(Short video plays.)  

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DR. GRACE: Have you ever met a person who is always starting something, but never finishes?  

PASTOR WIL: They start a relationship and a few months later, “I thought you was with… this one.”  I was joking with my uh, uh, my daughter, she brought a young man home, y’all ain’t workin’ with a brother, I still gotta, I gotta get used to that kind of stuff.  And so I was joking, I said, “This don’t look like the last one you brought home.”  I’m kidding.  (Laughter.)  I was joking.  Y’all shaking your head at me.  But, but, but, uh, but, seriously, we know people like that, don’t we?  They just keep moving on and on and on and never finish. 

DR. GRACE: They start a job or a career, now they’re doing something else.  They join a church, they start a ministry, and you look up, and they are gone.

PASTOR WIL: Why is that?  Why?  Because they didn’t let love finish.  They didn’t let love complete the work.  It got ‘em started, they fell in love with the person, they fell in love with the job, they fell in love with the church, they fell in love with the career, but, stuff happened.  And so rather than allowing love to take them through the process of completing, finishing, maturing, they started somewhere else, again.  

DR. GRACE: So when we begin or start something, we start with an imperfect love. 

PASTOR WIL: And I wanna say that again.  The love that we start off life with, the love that we have, the love that we begin relationships with, it’s not complete, it’s imperfect, uh-huh. 

DR. GRACE: We start with the love gifts, we start with prophecies and, um, speaking in tongues, but that shall fail.

PASTOR WIL: We start with the love of people, uh, uh, we, we, we, we feel this passion, we feel this euphoria, I mean, my wife is a pretty girl and I fell in love with that pretty girl, but, I want you to understand, pretty can’t keep you.   

DR. GRACE: (Laughter.) That’s the truth. 

PASTOR WIL: No, no, no, no, no, that, that’s a very immature, baby love.  The person that keeps going to the next person, that’s baby love, that’s puppy love, that, that ain’t mature.  Mm-hm. 

DR. GRACE: We start with the love of situations, but we see through a glass darkly, we can’t figure it out and it fails.

PASTOR WIL: So Paul gives us in these final passages the key to finishing victoriously.  It’s called the permanency of love.  Verse 10, he, he says here that when love, uh, uh, that when love comes, when love perfection, perfection comes, imperfection will be done away with. 

DR. GRACE: Yes, verse 11, it says, it will cause us to become a man and to put away childish things.

PASTOR WIL: And verse 12 says that what we don’t know, what we couldn’t figure out, ultimately, love will bring clarity and bring it to our attention.  Uh-huh. 

DR. GRACE: And the reason why we can experience total victory is at the beginning and the ending of the lesson, love never fails, in other words, love never gives up, love is the greatest, it keeps on going to the end.

PASTOR WIL: So it opens up this section with love never fails, and then it ends by saying love is the greatest, and so, we can be confident according to Paul and what they were sharing with the video, being confident of this very thing.  That He which hath begun a good work in me, in us, will complete it, will perform it, until the day of Jesus Christ, I can be confident in that, and so today’s message is simply the power of love’s victory finishing what you started.  

DR. GRACE: Amen. 

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