Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Chapter of Study: 1 Corinthians 13
Recognized by our members as one of the most well known chapters on love in the Bible, St. Paul’s teachings in 1 Corinthians 13 connected our previous study on spiritual gifts to the fact that without using these gifts in a sacrificial, Christ-like love, they become meaningless, and in turn, we as humans gain nothing spiritually.
In verses 4-7, St. Paul described the qualities of love, which were exemplified for us through the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. In discussing which of these qualities we personally felt the need to develop most, our group shared the desire to foster increased measures of forgiveness and patience.
At this point in the study, Der Hayr drew our attention to 1 John 4:8, which states that, “Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.” We discussed that knowing God requires knowing Jesus Christ, and it is by this truth alone that we can differentiate between what the world labels as love, which at its root is self-serving, versus what God has shown us to be love, which is self-sacrificing in nature.
This opened up a conversation on the many love-related challenges we see people struggling with today, and while we are called to live and share the truth of our faith and foster hope to overcome these challenges to the best of our abilities, we must first and foremost have and express the very love that is rooted in Jesus Christ.
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 do not have love, I am nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:2
8. Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. – 1 Corinthians 13:8
12.For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known. – 1 Corinthians 13:12
13.And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love. – 1 Corinthians 13:13