1 Corinthians 13

Author

Mark Ramirez

Scripture  

1 Corinthians 13

Observations

· Continuing the discussion of spiritual gifts, Paul wants to point out the “most excellent way”.
· Speaking in tongues, without love, is like an empty noise that echoes out but doesn’t communicate much.
· Prophecy and faith does not make one something to boast about if they do not possess love.
· To sacrifice everything one has, whether possessions or even one’s self, will not cause them to gain anything if they do not do it out of love.
· Spiritual gifts and actions/lifestyles are pointless if they are not done out of love.
· Love is not just an emotion/feeling/choice/action/verb. It encompasses so much more.
· Love is patient
· Love is kind
· Love does not envy
· Love is not proud
· Love is not rude
· Love is not self-seeking
· Love is not easily angered (it suffers long)
· Love keeps no record of wrongs (it forgives without a score card)
· Love always protects
· Love always trusts
· Love always hopes
· Love always perseveres
· Love never fails
· Love is a lot of things!
· There will come a time when prophecies, tongues, and knowledge will pass away.
· Currently we only know part of the big picture and what we have received from God is only a part of the big picture.
· When all things become perfect, there will be no imperfection.
· When I was young, I was not yet mature and acted as a child.
· When I became an adult I no longer did what was typical of a child, but I chose to change my behavior.
· What we currently see/know is like a blurry reflection, but one day we will see things like gazing upon the clear face of someone standing in front of us.
· I only have a piece o the puzzle, but one day I will know God as much as He knows me, every single intricate detail.
· Faith, hope, and love will all remain, but the greatest of the three is love.

Application

· Everything should be done out of love.
· I need to evaluate the motives behind what I do. Spiritual gifts and my actions/lifestyle are pointless if they are not done out of love.
· If I claim to love, how does it stack up against what love truly is?
· In this lifetime, I will never be able to fully know or understand the mysteries of God, but I can rest in the fact that a time will come when all will be revealed and understood.
· If I’m ever confused as to what I should do in a situation, love is a good start.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Sometimes my motives for what I do can be so self-centered and out of alignment with the purpose you have given me. I need to love more, because I need all of those adjectives working in me and through me. I want to be like your Son, Jesus, who lived out this love perfectly. Would your Holy Spirit do a work in me that I cannot do myself and may it be to your glory, as an outpouring of the love you have shown me.
Amen.

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