1 Corinthians 13 Explained
The Bible made us to understand in Matthew 22:37 that the greatest commandment is love, and even the second one is still same as love. It doesn’t matter what you have, if you don’t have love, you have nothing.
Even when you give to the less privileged, or anyone and it’s not done out of love it’s not recognised by God.
Therefore, you won’t partake of the blessings that come with giving. The Bible says for God so love the world that He gave. John 3:16. God gave because He loved, He loved us even before we knew Him, before we gave our lives to Him, when we were still living in sin. Romans 5:8.
Our love is only unconditional when it is authentic. Love is sacrificial. It is not shown only when things are going well in fact, it is better shown in dark moments of our lives. Love makes us living wonders on the earth. It is love that makes us different, love makes us true sons and daughters of the King.
Love is not always comfortable, because at some point you have to put the other person first whether God or man, that’s why It is sacrificial.
Love is patient, love is kind, love is not envious, it’s not proud. Love is a choice, and that makes it serious work. It’s a conscious effort. It’s not just a feeling, but a choice.
Apostle Paul said in verse 3 of Corinthians 13 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. 1
When you love you emanate God, because God is love. Love is the fulfillment of the law. In it lies all the other commandments. This is because, when you love God you will obey His instructions regarding your life, and life in general.
When you love God, you won’t struggle to obey Him, you wouldn’t want to do anything that will hurt Him. You won’t struggle to love others. You won’t envy but rather you will rejoice with everyone’s growth and achievements.
With love pride is taken out. No comparison. Love is the ultimate.
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13
1 Corinthians 13 KJV
13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 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.
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11 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.
12 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 also I am known.
13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
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Lessons From 1 Corinthians 13
One very important lesson to learn from 1 Corinthians 13 is that Love is intentional. It’s isn’t just a feeling like a lot of people think, It’s work. So when you decide to love be rest assured that it’s not always going to be comfortable. The bible said God loved us even when we were still sinners, when we didn’t even know Him.
This is unconditionally. Love is a choice. Love seek the good of others, it doesn’t look less of anyone. It’s pure and not full of pretense.