Memorizing and Applying 1 Corinthians 13, One Verse per Week Series, Part 4
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The first three verses of the Love Chapter express how important it is to love. Not only do we gain nothing of value, but these verses clearly state we are nothing (a “useless nobody”Amplified) whenever we do anything without love.
This week we begin to focus on how love behaves.
1 Corinthians 13:4 (NIV)
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
“In our dealings with men, however refractory and however unkind and hurting they are, we must exercise the same patience as God exercises with us. Such patience is not the sign of weakness but the sign of strength; it is not defeatism but rather the only way to victory.” (Emphasis added)
The Letters to the Corinthians. Revised Edition. The Daily Study Bible Series by William Barclay (1975)
Do you desire a godly outcome in your relationships? Sometimes it is necessary to resist a knee-jerk reaction, which is almost always difficult. Isn't it?
Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious norboils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily
Father, help me to overcome my sinful reactions when I feel mistreated or misunderstood. Fill me with Your love and patience. And please give me Your perspective when life feels unfair.
To respond in love and patience whenever I feel mistreated and when others are blessed (or succeed).
What about you?
- What part(s) of this verse challenges you the most?
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