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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 hopes, always perseveres. It was also a city known for its wild immorality, paganism, and debauchery.
While Paul was teaching in Ephesus, he received troubling word from fellow believers in Corinth of quarrels in the Corinthian church, which Paul sought to address with his first letter. In the latter half of his letter, Paul devoted a ificant portion of his writing to the topic of love or the lack thereof in the church. More than just a feeling or emotion, Paul writes less about what love is and more about what love does. Unfortunately, for the Corinthian church, this was not always the case.
The words used in 1 Corinthians 13 to describe love are the kind of active verbs Paul was challenging the Corinthian church to adopt: patience, kindness, humility, forgiveness, trust, hope, and perseverance. Love, Paul argued, was the greatest outward testimony of their inward transformation.
He then goes on to say that if Christians are able to prophesy, can understand the mysteries of the universe, and give to the poor but ultimately lack love, their actions are meaningless, and there is no spiritual gain. Love must be at the root of everything Christians do and evident in their actions. This is why 1 Corinthians 13 is often recited at wedding ceremonies during the exchange of vows. Patient love is persistent love. It is the kind of love a wife or husband has for their spouse. In many ways, patient love is the perfect foundation for the other means of love Paul goes on to write about.
You become more forgiving, gracious, and trusting. Even when we are unfaithful or unloving, He remains faithful and patient.
His love is steadfast and long-standing. This is the kind of love He challenges Christians to have for others.
Paul encouraged the Corinthian church to be patient in their love for each other and patient in their love for others. When members of the church are patient and committed to loving each other, there is unity, purpose, and strength. Furthermore, when Christians adopt a patient love for the world, they develop a kingdom perspective that allows them to see people through the eyes of Christ. They become more patient and persistent in their prayer and place more importance on the little acts of love that have eternal ificance.
It sees the big picture and focuses on the eternal worth of every human being, whether saved or not. In his blog, Perspectives off thehe discusses all things story and the creative process.
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