1 Corinthians 13:1-3 “If I speak in tongues of men and angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. (2) 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. (3) If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love I am nothing.”
There could be a selah at the end of those verses, we need to pause and think about this. It doesn’t matter what spiritual gifts we have, nothing equates to anything if we do not have love. The past few days the Lord has really been speaking to me about this, and honestly, I didn’t know where He was taking me until like ten minutes ago.
This note will just be some reflections on what Father is speaking to me through this chapter; prayerfully He will speak to you through something written here. Usually when I use scripture in a note I cut and paste from my computer Bible Program, but I am typing the verses from this chapter, I am doing so, just to get it more ingrained in me I guess.
1 Corinthians 13:4-5 “Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant (5) or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;”
When I read these two verses, I had to stop. I’m going to take time even now to say, I thought the above was not an issue in my life, However, Holy Spirit has shown me differently. I have boasted wrongfully in areas, I have been rude, and I have been irritable. I repent of those things; I don’t want them to be a part of my life. To the people that have received those things from me, I apologize.
You know, I thought I was good to go in those areas, that is until I got still and quiet long enough to hear AND listen to what Holy Spirit had to say. It’s funny how we can be so blind to the things that are all so obvious in our lives.
1 Corinthians 13:6-7 “It does not rejoice in wrong doing, but rejoices with the truth. (7) Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
Wow, that says a lot! Love bears, believes, hopes, and endures all things.
Bear: to support, sustain, as to bear in weight or burden.
Believe: To expect or hope, confidence or trust.
Hope: Confidence in a future event; the highest degree of well founded expectation of good.
Endure: To last; to continue in the same state without perishing; to remain; to abide.
Love is defined by the four things above, I can honestly say, I’m not where I need to be in that. I will continue to work towards that because that’s what love is and that’s what others deserve from me.
1 Corinthians 13:8-13 “Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. (9) For we know in part and we prophecy in part, (10) but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away, (11) When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. (12)For now, we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. (13) So now faith, hope and love abide, these three, but the greatest of these is love.”
The one thing that will pass on from this world to the next, besides the Word, is love. Faith is important, hope is important, but the greatest of the three is love.
I realize now, in a more clear way how important my love walk is, not only with God, but also with those around me. If I think everything is good, but someone else doesn’t see it that way, I have a problem in that relationship and it needs to be fixed. I have come to understand that a problem or an issue may not exist in my eyes, but if it exists in the eyes of a friend, I need to deal with it. I need to listen to them and deal with the issue.
I end my reflections on 1 Corinthians 13 with another passage, John 15:13 “Greater love has no man than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”
Jesus physically laid down his life for me. Am I willing to lay down my own wants, desires, and time for not only Him, but also my friends?
As I continue in this love walk the answer will become yes more and more.
*All Scripture from the English Standard Version