1 Corinthians 13: Faith, Hope, And Love

1 Corinthians 13 is a Bible chapter about faith, hope, and love. Its nickname is the ‘love chapter,” too. 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 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 I’m struck by how selfless love is supposed to be every time. As a people and culture, we should take 1 Corinthians 13 to heart and love one another better.

Faith, hope, and love are stand-alone concepts that intertwine. In the past, I’ve written a post about the differences between Faith and Hope. While writing I kept finding myself wanting to add love.

Maybe because of all the weddings I’ve attended, they all come from the same source. Either way, 1 Corinthians 13 is a great chapter of the bible to read because Faith, Hope, and Love are the basics of Christianity.

1 Corinthians 13; The Love Chapter Is About Faith, Hope, And Love

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. 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. 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.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

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. 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.

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1 Corinthians 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, and personal gratification become an obsession. How can you stay selfless?

Whenever I feel that I’m becoming self-centered I take a personal inventory. Usually, I’m lacking Faith, Hope, and Love. But I’m also lacking some empathy.

So I will make an extra effort to give to my church and local charities whether I give time or money is up to me, but I’ve noticed that time is a better gift, because I can see the fruit of my gift.

I listen to Jesus and read the Bible. God has always directed and guided me on this path. I know for some people that’s a painful direction to take. Mostly because there are a lot of people claiming to be followers of Chris and they have hurt many people, 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.

1 Corinthians 13: What Are Faith, Hope, And Love?

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 focusing on 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

For example:

  • The People of Israel wandered the desert for 40 years.
  • The Israelites spent around 400 years in Egypt as slaves

In both stories, 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/take away or misinterpret what God says.

When you have faith in God, remember what he said, and stick to that. Things can get difficult when you have a faith crisis. In light of that, check out my post on the difference between faith and hope. I’m sure it’ll help you navigate the craziness surrounding you.

Most people start with faith and move towards hope. Ultimately hope helps you love. 1 Corinthians 13 is helping us find the path to love, and love always leads us to God.

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. They are not the same, but they are connected.

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 will happen or that it exists.

I know where my hope lies, and I pray daily that it will be strengthened in all of us.

1 Corinthians 13 – Love

Love is the glue that holds everything together, and connects us to God. The Bible 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 is 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.

1 Corinthians 13 The Greatest Of These Is Love

1 Corinthians 13 states that 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 want to thrive and I want to love everyone around me. When I die, the people around me should say 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.

The Faith Hope and Love written to us in 1 Corinthians 13 are hallmarks of the Christian faith. 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.

That is why 1 Corinthians 13 is so important, it gives us a baseline of how we should be. The greatest of these is love. It’s making a huge point here.

Jesus came and died for us because he loved us. We should feel the same for the people around us, even if they aren’t accepting.

Faith, Hope, and Love are more of a commandment. 1 Corinthians 13 is pushing us to love those around us.

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