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1 Cor. 13
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1 Corinthians 13 is one of the most famous chapters in the Bible. It’s often read at weddings, but a pastor of mine once pointed out that it might be more appropriate in divorce court. Why? The Apostle Paul wrote these things because the Corinthian Christians were not loving each other as Christians should. They were fighting about their favorite preachers, taking each other to court, serving themselves instead of one another at the Lord’s Supper, and judging each other’s choices about what to eat.

Take some time this week to slow down and meditate on the various characteristics of love, what it is, as well as what it is not, especially in verses 4–7:

Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

How far short we fall of being truly loving! And yet, how wonderful that we have a gracious Savior who perfectly embodies true love. Let us seek to grow day by day in being united to Christ so that we might live lives of love which are honoring to the One who is love.


[Love] does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered…
—1 Corinthians 13:5


  • Adoration – Praise God for His great love for all that He has made, and especially for His people.
  • Confession – Use 1 Corinthians 13 to confess specific ways of being unloving. Have you sought your own? Acted unbecomingly? Been jealous? Rejoiced in unrighteousness?
  • Thanksgiving – Thank God for specific people in your life who have shown you God’s love.
  • Supplication – Ask the Holy Spirit to grow your love for specific people whom you find it difficult to love.

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This post by Alex McNeilly

Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations are from the New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. All rights reserved.

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