Scripture: I Corinthians 13

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READ and STUDY the WORD

Love

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 (WEB) If I speak with the languages of men and of angels, but don’t have love, I have become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but don’t have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but don’t have love, it profits me nothing.  Love is patient and is kind. Love doesn’t envy. Love doesn’t brag, is not proud, doesn’t behave itself inappropriately, doesn’t seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil; doesn’t rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will be done away with. Where there are various languages, they will cease. Where there is knowledge, it will be done away with. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part; 10 but when that which is complete has come, then that which is partial will be done away with. 11 When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child. Now that I have become a man, I have put away childish things. 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, even as I was also fully known. 13 But now faith, hope, and love remain—these three. The greatest of these is love.

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Questions and Answers:

1. Even though I speak with the languages of men and of angels, what have I become if I don’t have love (I Corinthians 13:1)? I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal (noise).

2. What can I have and still be nothing (I Corinthians 13:2)? I can have the gift of prophecy, know all mysteries, know all knowledge and have all faith, but if I don’t have love I am nothing.

3. What profits me nothing (I Corinthians 13:3)? If I give away all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but don’t have love, it profits me nothing.

4. How is love described (I Corinthians 13:4-8a)? Love is patient and is kind. Love doesn’t envy. Love doesn’t brag, is not proud, doesn’t behave itself inappropriately, doesn’t seek its own way, is not provoked, takes no account of evil; doesn’t rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. Love never fails.

5. What will happen when that which is complete has come (I Corinthians 13:9-10)? When that which is complete has come, then that which is partial will be done away with.

6. What did Paul say he did when he was a child (I Corinthians 13:11a)? Paul said when he was a child, he spoke as a child, he felt as a child, he thought as a child.

7. What did Paul say about himself as a man (I Corinthians 13:11b) Paul said as a man he had put away childish things.

8. How do we see now and how will we see in heaven (I Corinthians 13:12)? Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror, but then in heaven we will see face to face.  Now we know in part but then in heaven we will know fully, even as we are fully known.

9. Which is the greatest – faith, hope or love (I Corinthians 13:13)? The greatest of these is love.

HEAR the WORD

I Corinthians 13:9-10, 12 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part; 10 but when that which is complete has come, then that which is partial will be done away with. … 12 For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, even as I was also fully known. 

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses.  My Bible notes concerning verses 9 and 10: In eternity we will be made perfect and complete and will be in the very presence of God.  We will no longer need the spiritual gifts, so they will come to an end.  My Bible notes concerning verse 12: Paul offers a glimpse into the future to give us hope that one day we will be complete when we see God face to face. We don’t have all the answers now, but one day we will.  Someday we will see Christ in person and be able to see with God’s perspective.

MEMORIZE the WORD

I Corinthians 13:1 (NIV) If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

This chapter (I Corinthians 13) embraces love and how we are to live it out in our life.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

This chapter (I Corinthians 13) tells us how to treat others.

PRAY the WORD

Father, I pray we will show our love through being patient.  I pray we will show our love by neither bragging nor being proud (I Corinthians 13:4).  Father, I pray we will show our love by behaving appropriately and not seeking our own way.  I pray we will show our love by not provoking others or keep a record of wrongs (I Corinthians 13:5).  Father, I pray we will show our love by not rejoicing in unrighteousness but by rejoicing with the truth (I Corinthians 13:6). Father, I pray we will show our love by bearing all things, believing all things, hoping all things and enduring all things (I Corinthians 13:7).  For love never fails (I Corinthians 13:8a). Father, I pray we will look to the day when prophesy, various languages, and knowledge will all be done away with and we will see You (I Corinthians 13:8b-12).  Then faith, hope and love will remain.  Love being the greatest (I Corinthians 13:13).  In Your Son Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I truly look for that day to come where we will see our Savior face to face.” <>< Dona