1 Corinthians 13

1 Corinthians 13

1 Corinthians 13:3 [Amplified Bible]

If I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and If I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it does me no good at all.

1 Corinthians 13 is the LOVE chapter in the Bible, alongside being one of the most famous chapters in the Bible known to Christians and non-Christians.

1 Corinthians 13 is the chapter in the Bible that gets widely read at weddings and funerals and whose verses are turned into Social Media posts and posters at churches. I think we can safely say: Everybody loves 1 Corinthians 13! 

Why do we all love 1 Corinthians 13 so much? The answer is simple: It’s just so lovely. Every verse describes LOVE in such beautiful terms and as we move from one verse to the other, the emotion builds within our souls. From deep within, our heart cries out: “Yes! This is what life is all about! This is what God is all about! This is how I want to love others! This chapter is probably one of the most emotional chapters in the Bible.

1 Corinthians 13 is indeed one of the most widely known chapters in the Bible, yet it is also one of the most challenging chapters to read in the Bible for me. To some, it may be an easy read that produces little inner discomfort. Unlike most people, some of us do not find this an easy read at all. 1 Corinthians 13 produces a lot of conviction for many of us, simply because this chapter in the Bible is our MIRROR.

When I read this chapter, it feels like I stand naked in front of a mirror with Jesus next to me. As I read every verse of this famous chapter in the Bible, I become acutely aware of my immaturity, my character flaws, my impatience, my judgemental and critical spirit, my values, and my lack of love. When I read this chapter, I also become acutely aware of my motivations, my relationships, my friendships, and my marriage. I all of a sudden ask myself questions like: “Am I a loving person? What is it like being married to me? Am I a good friend? Do I even understand what the Lord means when He says, “love one another?”

When I read this chapter, I evaluate my good works and wonder why do I do what I do? I evaluate all my church activities and my spiritual gifts. All of a sudden, I realise that no matter how the Lord uses me in prophesying over others or how often I speak in tongues, if I lack love, “I am only a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal” 1 Corinthians 13:1 – [Amplified Bible]. 

As I continue further in the chapter, I also realise that when I die, the gift of prophesy given to me by the Lord, will come to an end. Even though I appreciate, and value speaking in tongues and reap the spiritual benefits of this heavenly language, this divine utterance will also come to an end. As it says:

1 Corinthians 13:8 – [Amplified Bible]

Love never fails [it never fades nor ends]. But as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for the gift of special knowledge, it will pass away.

I inwardly cringe. I squirm. I even sometimes justify my actions and defend myself inwardly when I read this portion of scripture. Why is that? Why do I cringe and squirm? Why do I sometimes unknowingly move into defensive thinking when I read this chapter? The answer is simple: 1 Corinthians 13 talks about LOVE and what Jesus means when He talks about LOVE.

In today’s world and society, nobody really knows what love means anymore. We think we know what Jesus means when He talks about love in the Bible but we as followers of Jesus easily forget.

We can easily busy ourselves with church activities and good works. Good works make us feel good about ourselves and good works are often there for others to observe. People know we volunteer at the soup kitchen on Wednesdays. People know we are generous with our finances and that we faithfully tithe every month. Good works can easily create a false illusion that we are really godly and loving people. Remember, there are non-followers of Jesus who equals our good works and even trumps us when it comes to good works [I.e., caring for the poor and the vulnerable]. You may think as you read this, that perhaps I am taking a bit of a hard line. Good works are good right? The Bible says we need to look after the poor and the widows. The Bible also says that faith and works go together. It says in James:

James 2:14 -17 [NIV]

14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? [A] Can such faith save them?      15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. [B16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? [C] 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”

Good works need to pass through the mirror of 1 Corinthians 13. The scriptures talk about good works but 1 Corinthians 13 talks about LOVE as our motivation. So, what is love? LOVE to me is 1 Corinthians 13. 

If our care for the poor and vulnerable is fuelled by our own need for recognition by others, to be noticed and to be validated, we fall short of love. If our spiritual gifts like prophesy, words of knowledge, healing the sick, etc. becomes “the thing”, it is time to return back to the feet of Jesus and read 1 Corinthians 13.

Let us turn back to true LOVE. Let us turn back to God’s love. Let us start to read 1 Corinthians 13 regularly so that our whole beings get saturated by God’s love and the true meaning of LOVE. 

1 Corinthians 13:13 [NIV]

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

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4 thoughts on “1 Corinthians 13”

  1. This is a great truth. Without love we have nothing in our lives. All the material things in the world can never fulfill us.

    1. Dear Tyrone,
      Thank you for your precise comment. Absolutely, without love we have nothing. Blessings, Angela and Jacqueline

  2. There are so many distractions and desires for the wrong things in the world these days, why not take the time to share or post 1 Corinthians 13 4:7 I did recently because it is a good and grounding reminder to all that above all things is love.
    Friends God’s love for us is an everlasting love. When you feed on His love you will be supernaturally filled with the fullness of god.

    1. Angela Scandurra

      Dear Tony,
      Thank you for your comment. Indeed, above all things is love and God is love. His love for us never fails. Blessings, Angela and Jacqueline

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