Well we’ve come to the end of our 4 weeks of looking at 1 Corinthians 13. It is very interesting that chapter 12 ends with a promise to show people a better way to live leading directly into this “Love Chapter. You see, the better way to live is to choose to love.
To love, in the same God loves us.
1 Corinthians 12:31 (ESV)
“I will show you a still more excellent way.”
With this thought of a better way in mind, re-read 1 Corinthians 13 in its entirety one more time and write down the things that stand out to you and that you have learned and will use to be a loving person. The kind of person who receives God’s love and gives it out love freely.
1 Corinthians 13:13 (ESV)
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away.
When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
Write your big learnings ?
God, You are the God of love. Thank You for this wonderful gift. Help me to Radiate Your love to everyone around me. Reshape me to be like You. Use me to Represent You in this world by loving others the way You have loved me, unconditionally. In Jesus name,