What Corinthians Tells Us About Love (Reflections on Bible Verses)
Corinthians is written by Paul around A.D. 56, near the end of his three-year ministry in Ephesus during his third missionary journey. The book Corinthians is popular in its message about love, its importance, and its application in our everyday living.
Why Love is The Greatest
There are many virtues in the world. Each virtue is deemed to be morally good and thus is valued as a foundation of principle and good moral being. However, Corinthians tells us that love is the greatest of all. Paul has been discussing with the Corinthians on their gifts and how love should be at the center of all of their actions, not self-interest.
The Bible tells us that doing something and doing anything without the presence of love is useless. Knowing everything, having faith alone, but without loving others - is nothing.
The book tells us that it is only through love that we could gain something. Love is showing empathy and sincere concern for one's community, rather than being motivated by self-interest and personal gratification. The center of our actions, whether we aim to make a difference, do something out of kindness, or to help others voice out their needs - everything should be done out of love. Wisdom, knowledge, and kindness will be rightfully used if we use them out of love.
If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels but didn't love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God's secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn't love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it, but if I didn't love others, I would have gained nothing.— Corinthians 13:1-3
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. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hope, always perseveres.— 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
The Essence of Love
Corinthians 13:4-8 is a popular Bible passage that describes the full beauty of love. Whenever I am looking for the right one, I always look for the definition of love based on Corinthians and replace 'love' with 'he'. Every relationship should have been centered on the definition of love.
It is also worthy to take note that every definition that describes love also describes the Lord. These actions of love in Chapter 13 are a representation of the presence of God himself. He is everything worthy, He is everything that is desirable, He is everything that is kind. God is love.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.— Corinthians 13:8-10
Love Never Fails
Corinthians 13:8-10 merely states that the reason why prophesies, tongues, and knowledge will disappear is that they are "imperfect and partial". However, since love endures forever, it is superior to these gifts no matter how useful they may seem at the current times.
"Three things will last forever - faith, hope, and love- and the greatest of these is love."
- Corinthians 13:13
Stressing the importance of love in his conclusion, Corinthians is saying that no matter how great faith and hope are, love is still greater. Faith without love is cold, and hope without love is grim. We must always remember that all these three things are very important, however, it is important to take note that love should be the center of all our actions. We hope with love, and keep our faith with love.
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