Thursday, March 22, 2018

Year 8, Day 81: 1 Corinthians 13

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1 Corinthians 13 is typically classified as the Love Chapter.  That makes sense, as love is the focus of nearly every sentence in this chapter!  Of the thirteen verses in this chapter, the word love doesn’t appear in only five of them, and in one of them the pronoun it, used multiple times, directly refers to love.  This chapter directly teaches us about love.

The question, though, is why?  Remember the greater context of 1 Corinthians.  Paul is concerned about division and controversy.  He is concerned about the unfair treatment of some and the preferential treatment of others.  He is concerned about the unity of the church.  What better concept to use to teach about unity than the idea of love?

After all, what is true love all about?  True love is about the selflessness that comes when we put ourselves aside and think about others first.  Love is gentle.  Love is kind.  Love does not boast.  Love is not arrogant.  Love is not rude.  Love bears all things and love endures all things.  Look at what all of those things have in common.  Each of those things are accomplished when we put others ahead of ourselves.

When do we have division?  We encounter division when people forget to love first.  When do we get a lack of trust?  We get a lack of trust when we forget to love one another first.  When does the community break down?  The community breaks down when we seek our own agendas and forget to love the other person first.