1 Corinthians 13: A Study of Biblical Love

Monday, July 2, 2018

Our culture has a skewed view of love that sometimes creeps it's way into the way we think and act. And that's why I decided to start this series. Because true, biblical love is so hard to find nowadays. 

This is going to be a 3 part series, with each post looking at four things from 1 Corinthians 13 that show us what biblical love looks like.

"And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity." 1 Corinthians 13:13 kjv
One of the most famous chapters in the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13, talks about some of the attributes of love. It starts out talking about the importance of having love, and then it outlines what love is. So, I'm going to look at some of the attributes that it lists today.
"Charity suffereth long...." 1 Corinthians 13:4
True love is patient with the object of it's love. We show grace and patience with those that we love, because that is what Christ has shown to us. He has been patient with us, letting us grow by little steps and not always leaps and bounds.

Patience is something that is hard for most people, because in this day and age we can have almost instant gratification. Why wait to get married when you can have an intimate relationship with someone without committing?

In a romantic relationship, if one person isn't willing to have certain physical boundaries, he is not showing true love. Biblical love is willing to wait for certain privileges until marriage.
"... and is kind." 1 Corinthians 13:4
 This one seems like a no brainer. Obviously if you love someone, you should treat them with kindness and respect. Learn to care about what they care about, and listen and speak with kind words.

I think that most of us would be surprised by the amount of abuse that goes on inside of romantic relationships. Physical, sexual, or verbal abuse runs rampant in many homes, with husbands and wives abusing each other and their children.

That's not true love. True love seeks to be kind in words and actions, no matter how someone feels about an issue.
"Charity envieth not..." 1 Corinthians 13:4
Love does not get jealous. Love is excited for what the other person is excited for and sad for what the other person is sad for. It doesn't wish that it could do everything that someone else is doing.

In a friendship, love doesn't get jealous when your best friend is getting married and you aren't even dating anyone yet. It doesn't see the things your friend gets to do and feels sorry for itself.

In a relationship, there are obviously some things that are okay to be jealous about. Your husband would probably be jealous if you were hanging out with a bunch of other guys, and rightfully so. But that kind of jealousy is because he loves you, not the other way around.
"Charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up." 1 Corinthians 13:4
Pride can get in the way of love. When someone is too proud to admit he was wrong or to apologize, it can cause a hurt that love is suppose to heal. Pride is such a killer of biblical love, because ultimately it puts itself above the other person.

Which is exactly the opposite of what love is suppose to do (which we'll look at in another attribute of love :P).

Stay tuned for my next post to learn more attributes of biblical love!

"Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal." ~ 1 Corinthians 13:1 kjv

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