Bible study on 1 Corinthians – Chapter 13
Dear brothers and sisters,
In this bible study on the 13th chapter on the book of 1 Corinthians, we will discuss the following subjects:
Love is indispensable
This chapter is probably one of the most well-known chapters in the Bible. Well, it is for me at least. Why? Because it deals with the significance that God places on the concept of love.
The chapters beings by showing that even certain parts of our Christian life have no meaning if you have no love. If you have no love, but think you are speaking in tongues. God tells you, that you are not. So, this already shows that love is very important in our lifes and in our faith. That is why I believe it is very important that we continiously ask God to help us to love more and more. So, if you truly want to receive gifts through the Holy Spirit from God, know that you first need to love!
Why is love so important to God? Well, Paul actually is telling is what an amazing and positive characteristics love has.
Love is patient: we may be so impatient and want things now and by preference our way and our timing. But when we receive love from God, than we will also learn to be patient. Finding peace in knowing that you might have to wait, but that God will give you the patience to do so!
Love is kind: God teaches us through love to be good and kind to each others. We can be so cruel to each other, that is why I ask God to make us kind through love!
Love does not envy: why is this so important? Well, because it is negative? Why would you envy someone else? Because he/she seemingly has something you want. Do you know what the person maybe had to go through before he/she received that blessing? Is it maybe that God gave that blessing to that person (and not you), because it is part of his/her destiny and not yours? Know that envy is a negative emotion and that will not do anything good for your spirit and your body. But know that love will counteract it and that you will learn to even be happy for that person!
Love does not boast? Are you not taught from a very early age to make known all that you accomplish? Well, know that this not a good character trade? Why? Ask yourself who you are giving credit for these accomplishments. Is it God or yourself? And it is correct to think that you actually did accomplish it yourself. We should be very aware that all that we accomplish is through God and not our own actions. Though love we learn not to boast, but to honor God. And in occassion, also learn to credit others for their share. You don’t have to boast, but trust on God that the right people on the right time will see and through it God will give blessings!
Love is not proud? Of course with pride, you have the same thing as with boasting? You make yourself the center, while that should always be God!
Love does not dishonor others. If you love someone than the last thing you should want to do is to dishonor that person. Taking away someones honor is a horrible thing you do. Normally this is something they use as tactic in war. Do you really want to use war tactics with your loved ones? We are not perfect, that is why we need God to gain so much love that we will never dishonor others. Remember how they tried to dishonor Jesus? It is one of the most painful things I have ever read/heared about.
Love is not self-seeking. When you learn to really love, than through the Holy Spirit you will notice that you start to be less self-seeking. Self-seeking to me is just a “fancy” word for being an egoist! When you are egoitisial, than you become the center of your focus and all that you do. All your actions will be directed to benefit you first and foremost. When you receive love through the Holy Spirit, than you will notice that you become less and less egotistical. And by putting others first, you will and should she how God will work through others to ensure that you also will receive blessings.
Love is not easily angered. The more that we are getting into the last of days (the days of Revelation), the more we see violence becoming more “normal”. But know that it is not normal, but very wicked. Anger has resulted in pain, death, war, and many other horrible things. That is why God gives us love to lose that anger, because anger will never bring anything good.
Love keep no records of wrongs. This is also important, because through love you will learn to really forgive and forget. If you have no love, than it will be truly difficult to really forgive someone if he/she did you wrong. And even more so that you forget what he/she did to you.
Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices in truth. The more we allow love to come into our life, the more we will be disgusted to do evil and seek more and more to do what is right.
See how love in your life, really changes the way that you life your life and how you are with other people. Therefore, please pray every day to receive more and more love in your life!
Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Know that with love we are more willing to protect each other, to trust on each others, to never give up hope and to keep strong in difficult moments!
Know that LOVE will never fail! That makes love so powerful, when this love is in our life through the Holy Spirit. All outcomes from love will always be there, love is everlasting!
Paul tells us that we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. Paul continious to explain that when you were child, then you talked, thought and reasoned like a child. But when you became a man, then you put your childhood behind you. When you became a Christian, you also put your old life behind you and all those negative character trades were replaced by love. God tells us that if we grow up (grow in faith) that there will come a time that we are before His throne and than we will understand all that has happened in our lifes and see how everything falls together. How we first saw in part and than we see completely!
The chapters comes to a close with the remark: and now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest is love!
God bless you! And as mentioned above, I pray (and please join me) that we receive more and more love through the Holy Spirit. I the name of Jesus I rebuke all the negative character trades, as described above, out of our lifes. In Jesus name I pray, Amen!