The first section of 1 Corinthians Chapter 13 discusses what love is. Paul speaks of how important it is in our daily lives and how we can use it to build God’s kingdom.
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Paul Discusses Love
In 1 Corinthians Chapter 13, Paul explained how important love is in a person’s life. He said that even though someone has many gifts, without love they are somewhat useless. You can have marvelous gifts used to help people and bring joy to those who need it, but without love, your works will be useless.
No matter what you do or the hardships you experience, without love, there is no gain. Paul emphasized the importance of love and putting it into practice in everything that we do.
Characteristics of Love
Paul listed the characteristics of love. In verses four to seven, he explains that love is kind and patient. He said that a person with love does not become envious and does not boast about anything. They are also not prideful.
According to 1 Corinthians Chapter 13, someone walking in love does not seek to dishonor anyone and is not only after self-gain. Love is slow to anger and does not rejoice in anything evil. A person who works in love always looks for the truth and keeps no record of wrong. Love causes someone to always protect, have faith, hope and push on.
Love is Superior to All Gifts
Love is the key to everything because where there is love, there cannot be any failure. Paul said that a person cannot use their spiritual gifts without knowing love or what it is to love. Love is superior to all the gifts, because where there is love, prophesies will stop and tongues will be silenced.
Love is above everything and is something that one should learn in order to truly live for Christ and help others around them according to Paul. Out of the three – faith, love and hope – love is the strongest of all.
1 Corinthians 13 (King James Version)
1 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.