1 Corinthians 13: A Study in Biblical Love Part 3

Monday, July 16, 2018

I hope you all have enjoyed this little series, I know that I have enjoyed writing it! It has helped me to see different areas where I need to grow in love.

Let me know in the comments some of the things you've learned from this series; I'd love to hear from you!

"Follow after charity..." 1 Corinthians 14:1 kjv
Our culture is often obsessed with love because it gives them something. But true love is all about sacrifice, it's not about getting something for yourself.

And that's the hardest thing about love; it requires some sort of sacrifice. Whether it's something as small as winning every argument, or as big as changing your whole future career, you'll have to sacrifice something.

But once you sacrifice that one thing, usually you realize that it was worth it.
"Rejoiceth not in iniquity..." 1 Corinthians 13:6
Love does not make light of sin.  True love will tell you when you're doing something wrong, which is totally opposite from our culture of tolerance. True love would rather hurt you with the truth, than let you continue to live a lie.

True love hurts, because it's goal is to shape you into a better person.
"... but rejoiceth in the truth." 1 Corinthians 13:6
The exact opposite of our last point, love doesn't only point out when you're doing wrong, it also points out when you're doing right. It rejoices with you in the truth and seeks to know it.

When you truly love someone, you don't only point out all the wrong they may be involved in, you also point out places where they're living in the truth of God's Word.
"Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things." 1 Corinthians 13:7
Love bears the other's struggles and encourages him to keep going. It puts up with all the stupid things the other person does and doesn't get angry at him.

Love believes. It trusts. It doesn't think the worst of someone or ever talk about him in a bad light.

Love hopes. It doesn't lose hope when things get messy, and it never gives up. It endures through all the trials and all the struggles.
"Charity never faileth..." 1 Corinthians 13:8
Lastly, love doesn't fail. True love doesn't fall into love and then fall out. It stays committed to the object of that love.

All these attributes remind me of the way God loves us. Because humanly, we would never be able to measure up to all of these. We fail, we make mistakes, we sin. But God will never fail, and His love for us is unending.

"And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing." ~ 1 Corinthians 13:3 kjv

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  1. Biblical love is so much better than what the world describes love as. It is true love, not a false love that society promotes. I really have LOVED this series, period. Thank you Ashley Nicole, for doing such a helpful series.

    1. That is so true! Biblical love is so so much better! Well, thank you for reading Evan and I'm glad you loved it :)


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