One of the best known and most quoted and preached Chapters in the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13 is often referred to as the “Love Chapter.” Paul under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit strategically places it immediately following all the teachings on Spiritual Gifts.
I for one am convinced this is purposeful, for I have met many a “Christian” claiming to have mighty gifts yet definitely lack that key attribute of Godly love.
Paul uses the following to explain this:
v.1-3 – The gift of tongues while useful to communicate is a waste without Godly love
v.4-7 – No matter the turmoil Godly love endures
v. 8-13 – Godly love is eternal
In our text today v.6-7, Paul makes six (6) points:
- Godly love never finds joy in doing wrong (iniquity)
- Godly love DOES find joy no matter how difficult in truth
- Godly love has no limit (beareth all)
- Godly love believes all. Christians are not to be gullible but to compare all things against GOd’s Holy Word.
- Godly love hopes for all things that are the promises made by God to His elect.
- Godly love can endure all things that are burdensome, tempting, and otherwise contrary to the flesh. John Gill says of this: that are disagreeable to the flesh; all afflictions, tribulations, temptations, persecutions, and death itself, for the elect’s sake, for the sake of the Gospel, and especially for the sake of Christ Jesus.
Are you using your gifts today with Godly Love?
Father God, I pray today that you will help me to put selfishness away and always seek to do all things with the Agape love that the Apostle Paul speaks about in First Corinthians 13. Help me daily to be the servant in your Army that can do your will for your Glory. – AMEN