1 Corinthians 13 Lesson

Love

1 Corinthians Chapter 13 is one of the most familiar and quoted chapters of the Bible.   The scriptures in this chapter are often quoted at weddings because of the focus on love and how important it is to God and should be for us.

Take your time reading it, and let each verse really sink in.  

WITHOUT LOVE WE HAVE NOTHING

To paraphrase the first three verses of the chapter, if we are not exercising our spiritual gifts in a loving way, it does not benefit us at all with respect to gaining God’s favor:

  • “If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.  And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.” – 1 Corinthians 13:1-3.

SIXTEEN ATTRIBUTES OF LOVE

In 1 Corinthians 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, the Apostle Paul describes love in the following way:

  1. Love is patient,
  2. Love is kind,
  3. Love is not jealous,
  4. Love does not brag,
  5. Love is not arrogant,
  6. Love does not act unbecomingly (alternate translation: “love is not rude”),
  7. Love does not seek its own,
  8. Love is not provoked,
  9. Love does not take into account a wrong suffered,
  10. Love does not rejoice in unrighteousness,
  11. Love rejoices with truth,
  12. Love bears all things,
  13. Love believes all things,
  14. Love hopes all things,
  15. Love endures all things,
  16. Love never fails.  

THE GREATEST COMMANDMENTS

In Mathew 22, Jesus is asked by a Pharisee which is the greatest commandment in the Law. Jesus responds:

  • “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment.  The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.” – Mathew 22:37-40.

What is the common bond between the two most important commandments?

Love!

God values love above all things!

God IS love! Consider the following words written by John in his first epistle:   God IS love.   1 John 4:7-11 says:

  • “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.  By this, the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.  In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” – 1 John 4:7-11.

CONCLUSION

Love is not one of the most important things to God, it is THE most important thing! Without it, the Bible teaches us that we have nothing and that we do not please Him. Paul wrote about this in the following verse:

  • “If I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.” – 1 Corinthians 13:1-3.

When we are acting with love, people can tell, and they will see the love of God dwelling in us. If we notice ourselves being unkind, impatient, holding a grudge, etc., we need to pause and refocus ourselves on what is truly important.  This is true in good times and in times of adversity.  

One of the biggest challenges we will face as Christians when we are going through difficult times is showing that we can endure it with patience, kindness, belief, and hope. If we can do that, the Bible tells us that love will never fail us.   Other gifts will fade away, but not love (1 Corinthians 13:8).

A renewed focus on love results in personal growth.   When we understand the importance of love and apply it to our lives, we will behave differently.  In Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, he tells us to stop doing the childish things that we have done in the past.  

  • “When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.” - 1 Corinthians 13:11

Loving God and one another makes us mature in the Lord.   With God’s help, we can wake up every morning determined to love others and to love God a little more. When we do this, we will feel better, be happier, and our lives will instantly become more meaningful. When we allow God’s love to work in our lives through the Holy Spirit, people will see God’s light shining through us.  

We will end today’s lesson with the following scripture:

  • “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven” - Mathew 5:16.

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Rev.Jairus

Very blessed by today's teaching 1 cor 13..On the unconditional love of God..halleluiyah.

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Pat Dermody

If we could act with unconditional love everyday, what a winderful world this would bel!

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Cathy

I just found this Bible study, what a blessing looking forward to learning with everyone have a blessed day all

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Cathy

It is great to be studying God's word together Cathy!

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Geoff

Thanks - inspiring. Verse 11 tells us to stop doing the childish things that we have done in the past. - To grow in love. Blessings.

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Heidi

Today’s teaching was exactly what I needed to hear and take in today.

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Rev.Jairus

Very blessed by today's teaching 1 cor 13..On the unconditional love of God..halleluiyah.

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Drexel Deal

The study today helps us to appreciate that while faith and hope pleases God, yet without love it is impossible to see God. This is because God is love, and the most dominant quality that all Christians should possess is love. Love constrains and tempers our behavior, as Jesus said in John 14: 15;
“If you love me, then keep my commandments.”

Love is best express in our actions to God and to our neighbors.

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John
Drexel Deal

Amen Brother!

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