This Sunday we continue on in 1 Corinthians as we consider chapter 13:4-7. In verses 1-3 Paul pointed out that nothing, especially any manner of giftedness, can substitute for a lack of love. In verses 4-7 Paul goes on to define that love according to how the Corinthians needed to hear it.
Would people describe you as a loving person (13:4-7)? Why or why not? What characteristics of love are presently true in your life? What characteristics are lacking?
The Corinthian Christians were infatuated with the supernatural, the miraculous, and the unusual. Consequently those who were gifted in such ways were regarded as more spiritual than others. Paul's writing on love in chapter 13 sets the record straight on what true spirituality is - the virtues of Christ in the Christian live expressed in love and not the miraculous.
Is this a relevant message for the church today? Are we infatuated with the latest new movement that claims to be miraculous while neglecting to focus on the greater miracle of genuine love expressed through a Christian character? How do you define a spiritual Christian? Post your comments below.