Setting the Context Ah, the "Wedding Text. The irony, of course, is that this text has little to do with the love that is associated with marriage. Directly following chapter 12 of Paul's first letter to the Corinthians, the more accurate contextual or situational occasion for this chapter is better understood as a discourse on the meaning, purpose, and necessity of love within the Christian community that Paul has so painstakingly described in chapter
What does it mean that love always trusts 1 Corinthians In 1 Corinthians First, we should understand what this description of love does not mean. The fact that love believes all things does not make a loving person a dupe.
The Holy Bible: King James Version. 1 Corinthians Love: 1: 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.: 2. 1 Corinthians Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Read verse in New International Version. 1 If I speak in the tongues # Or languages of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.
Many times, this word is found in contexts in which belief is an expression of love. There is no second-guessing or questioning of whether the person should be loved. Love is simply given. The loved one does not need to perform anything or achieve a certain goal in order to be loved.
Just as Christ loves His children unconditionally, He calls us to love others. Love is based on who He is, not on what others do. In chapter 6 we read of believers bringing lawsuits against one another in the local courts. He will be slow to believe any damaging news concerning the loved one and will always give the benefit of the doubt.
Whatever the situation, love is ready to trust. The loved one may have a checkered past or be in some other way undeserving of trust, yet true love is able to look past that and meet the need of the individual.
Mistrust, cageyness, and suspicion are at odds with godly love. If brothers and sisters in Christ would believe in one another, setting suspicion aside and extending unconditional love, what a difference it would make in the church!
When our focus is on Christ, we can show His love to meet the needs of others. The final verse of 1 Corinthians 13 lists three things that will always remain: The Christian need never be without these gifts. His nature is to believe and to love.1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
2 And 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 do not have love, I am nothing. 3 And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but do not.
1 Corinthians Charity never fails: 1.
Love is the greatest, because it is the root of the other two; "we believe only in that which we love; we hope only for that which we love.
2. And love is the greatest because love is for our neighbours; faith and hope mainly for ourselves. 3.
Bible Verse: And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love. 1 Corinthians (NKJV) Click here to download the updated visuals. Click here to print the original teacher's visuals.
If today's Bible reading were a sandwich, the "meat" would be Paul's famous prose on the excellence of Love in chapter 13 and chapters 12 and 14 on the spiritual gifts merely the bread.
The Holy Bible: King James Version. 1 Corinthians Love: 1: 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.: 2. New International Version Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
New Living Translation Love is patient and kind.