Serving with love is ESSENTIAL (v. 1-3). Before you serve or use your gifts, ask, “Am I doing this out of love?” Without love, your service could amount to nothing and gain nothing. Is it possible to serve without love? What is usually the motive of those who serve without love? Discuss how this kind of service could be offensive to you. How does serving without love be useless and unprofitable?
Serving with love is EFFECTIVE (v. 4-7). Paul used action words, not feeling or abstract ideas, in describing love. Love brings about an effect; it influences others. It spreads and covers different aspects of life. How did God show His love in action to mankind? As His child, how do you serve with love in action? Share how your service affects or influences others.
Serving with love is ENDURING (v. 8-13). Other gifts will come to an end, but anything you do with love will have eternal significance. The Corinthian Christians did not lack in spiritual gifts, but they were terribly deficient in spiritual fruit because they lacked love. Why is love considered the greatest among faith, hope and love? Discuss why it is not possible to serve with endurance without love. Share examples of how you can serve with endurance because of love.
How is service with love being manifested in your church? Are you actively taking part in serving others in love?