"Back to the Basics”
if i speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, i am a noisy going or a clang-ing cymbal. and if i have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if i have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, i am nothing. if i give away all i have, and if i deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, i gain nothing. love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. it does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 corinthians 13:1-7)
Greetings to you in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
In 1 Corinthians 13 (the love chapter of the Bible), Paul lays out before us why love is the greatest of all God’s gifts. Paul also talks about what love does and what it doesn’t do.
1. Why is love the greatest gift of all that the Lord gives? In verses 1-3, Paul explains the importance of love by way of five spiritual gifts (speaking in tongues, prophecy, knowledge, faith, and acts of service). Paul says what good are those gifts if one does not have love? The love of God shows us the who, what, where, when, why, and how those gifts are to be used.
2. In this chapter Paul also gives us a snapshot in verses 4-7 of what love is all about.
a. In relation to the saints (you and me): Love is patient and kind. It is not jealous of one another.
b. In relation to oneself: Love does not boast or brag. It is not proud or arrogant. It is not rude or condescending. It never seeks its own way.
c. In relation to sin: Love is not irritable, nor does it keep a record of the wrong things others have done. It is never glad about injustice and unrighteousness that occurs, but rejoices when the truth of God is proclaimed.
d. In relation to situations: Love never gives up on others. It never loses faith. It is always hopeful. It will endure through every circumstance.
3. I want you to try a little exercise. Open your Bible and read all of 1 Corinthians 13, which will only take a few minutes of your time. As you read this chapter, every time you read the word “love” (or charity, depending on t the translation you’re using), replace it with “Jesus”. What you come up with will speak for itself.
Prayer for the month: Jesus, Lover of my soul, let me to Thy bosom fly while the nearer waters roll, while the tempest still is high. Hide me, O my Savior, hide, till the storm of life is past; safe into the haven guide. Oh, receive my soul at last! Thou, O Christ, art all I want; more than all in Thee I find. Raise the fallen, cheer the faint, heal the sick, and lead the blind. Just and holy is Thy name; I am all unrighteousness, false and full of sin I am; Thou art full of truth and grace. Plenteous grace with Thee is found, grace to cover all my sin. Let the healing streams abound; make and keep me pure within. Thou of life the fountain art, freely let me take of Thee; spring Thou up within my heart, rise to all eternity. Amen. (TLH, Hymn 345 “Jesus, Lover of my soul”, stanzas 1, 4-5)
Your servant and brother in the Lord,