Expounding Love's Virtues

Summary

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.  

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4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
— 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Reflect

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?

Discuss

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.

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