Qualities of the Greatest Gift

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Love

This is one of the most noted and best-loved chapters in the entire Bible. At the same time, few chapters have suffered more misinterpretation and misapplication than I Corinthians 13. Divorced from its context, it often becomes a sentimental sermon on Christian brotherhood. It is easy to forget that Paul is still dealing with the Corinthian problems of tongues, divisions, envy, selfishness, lawsuits, impatience, etc. The main evidence of maturity in the Christian life is a growing love for God and for God’s people, as well as a love for lost souls. Paul now proceeds to show us the qualities of love:

  1. It is not easily roused to resentment (v. 4).
  2. It has the idea of being useful (v. 4).
  3. It does not sound its own praises (v. 4).
  4. It is not swelled with pride (v. 4).
  5. It is not easily provoked (v. 5).
  6. It does not keep track of the offenses committed against it (v. 5).
  7. It does not take delight in that which is offensive to God (v. 6).
  8. It rejoices when truth is proclaimed (v. 6).
  9. It covers all things (v. 7).
  10. It will believe well of others unless convinced otherwise (v. 7).
  11. It is always positive and hopeful (v. 7).
  12. It sustains the assaults of an enemy (v. 7).
Unlike many of the spiritual gifts, love will never be unnecessary or eliminated. As a  child my speech was undeveloped, my understanding and knowledge incomplete. But when I became a man my speech became subject to His mind, His understanding, and His knowledge, which is complete.

Application

The more I become like Christ, the more love I will show to others.

I Corinthians 13:1-13 (English Standard Version)


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