1 Corinthians 13 is a chapter in the Bible, and its nickname is the ‘love chapter.’ I think most people would agree with me when I say it’s the most quoted chapter in the Bible at weddings. This is due to its great definition of love, but I feel like we’re missing something deeper when we quote it nonchalantly and don’t dig into the meaning.
I’ve read through 1 Corinthians 13 countless times, and every time I’m struck by how selfless love is supposed to be. As a people and culture, we need to take 1 Corinthians 13 to heart, and love one another.
The selflessness of love can be defined by Jesus’ life. He is the Son of God, and he didn’t have to come to earth. Why did Jesus come? He loved us all and wanted to get us away from the danger. Love is what drove him, and love is what should drive us as Christians.
1 Corinthians 13; The Love Chapter
13 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but does not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.1 Corinthians 13 1-13
Faith, Hope, And Love, Are Powerful Traits.
If you’ve watched the news recently you’ve noticed we live in a world of chaos. People talk about our political system being in an uproar, but I see it as the tip of the iceberg. The truth is that society is lacking faith hope and love.
When selfishness ambition is on the rise, and personal gratification is an obsession, where can people really turn?
For me, I turn to Jesus and the Bible. They’ve always directed and guided me, but I know for some people that’s a painful direction to take. People claiming to be followers of Chris have hurt many people in the world, both physically and mentally. I won’t deny that.
However, you may have noticed that I said they claim to be a follower of Christ. Being a follower of Christ comes with certain rules and obligations. The term ‘Christian’ actually means Christ-like.
What Is Jesus Like?
If you read the Bible, especially the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. You’ll see Jesus as a compassionate and loving person. He’s the one who confronts the rulers and breaks the status quo. He fights against the issues of society, giving faith and hopes to the masses.
Jesus was a rebel, and for that reason the high priests had him executed. However it was all part of God’s plan, Jesus was raised back to life and seen by over 3000 people afterward. This is proven historically through many witnesses.
Jesus came and died for all mankind. I’ve written a blog about why Jesus came to earth. Feel free to check it out.
1 Corinthians 13 – What Is Faith?
Faith in Jesus is a foundation that Christians need to build their lives on. Without Christ being raised from the dead, our faith is useless (1 Corinthians 15:14). Faith is the belief that in something intangible. Faith can’t be proven, except through something miraculous. 1 Corinthians 13 shows us the foundation of everything in our faith.
A Biblical Definition Of Faith:
Now Faith Is Confidence In What We Hope For And Assurance About What We Do Not See.Hebrews 11:1
Faith is believing in what God said he’d do. Even when there’s no evidence that anything is happening. Think of all the bible stories where God promised something, but the person he made a promise with, goes into some sort of trial or tribulation.
- The People of Israel wandered the desert for 40 years.
- The Israelites spent around 400 years in Egypt as slaves
For both of these incidents, God had already promised them a land flowing with milk and honey. Let us look at some individuals.
- David was promised that he’d be king, then was chased and almost murdered for years.
- Elijah defeated the prophets of Baal and almost lost his life.
- The disciples watched as Jesus was arrested, thinking he was bringing the kingdom of heaven about in their way.
Another issue we have with faith comes from our misplacement of it. Sometimes God will make a promise, but we add/takeaway or misinterpret what God says.
When you have faith in God, you need to remember that faith in him always covers his character. Remember what he said, and stick to that. If you’re having issues with your faith. Check out my post on losing your faith.
It’s hard not to add things, I do it too.
1 Corinthians 13 – What Is Hope?
What do you hope for? Are you sick of this life and wonder why God created you? There is a difference between faith and hope. Even if they are related terms, you’ll be surprised to see their connection.
Here’s a good biblical definition of hope:
Biblical Hope Is A Strong And Confident Expectation.
This means that hope isn’t wishing as we talk about today. Instead, hope is knowing and believing that something is going to happen or exist.
I know where my hope lies, and I pray everyday that it would be strengthened in all of us.
1 Corinthians 13 – Love
Love is the glue that holds everything together, and it’s what connects us to God as well. the Bible even states;
For God So Loved The World That He Gave His Only Son, That Whosoever Believes In Him Will Not Perish, But Have Eternal Life.John 3:16
That Verse right there is telling us that God loved us, and it was a love so great that he sent Jesus to die. Have you ever loved someone that much? I doubt it. Sometimes I wonder if we could even have that much of a loving capacity. The best part about that, it doesn’t matter. When Jesus is living inside of us we have the source.
If God is love, then he’s the source of all love. Without God, we can have no love, but it also makes sense why he loves all of us. He’s the source.
The Greatest Of These Is Love
Love is the greatest thing because you won’t have hope or faith without it. The whole chapter goes on to say without love, life is meaningless. I don’t wanna live a pointless life. I want to thrive and I want to love everyone around me. When I die, the people around me should say that I was full of love.
Though I do all these great things, it means nothing if I don’t have love. Were truer words ever spoken? If you think about it, all the things Jesus did make sense in the light of love. For example:
- Jarius’s daughter: He was moved by compassion.
- The woman at the well. he traveled somewhere forbidden to show someone they were accepted.
- He healed countless people of countless ailments, because of his great love.
If we are Christians, they should know us because of our love for one another, and not only that. They should know us by our love for others as well.
Right now in the world, we have politicians throwing bible verses around. Claiming that Jesus would do this, or he’d do that. Jesus wasn’t someone who followed the status quo, he was a rebel and had his own way of doing things. Whatever people are saying, I’m pretty sure Jesus would do something completely different, but it would have a greater impact than anything else.
What impact are you making? Do you know Jesus? Give your life to him today and transform your soul.,