Saturday, August 22, 2015

Reading 42: Love is the Greatest

1 Corinthians 13:1-13

Our passage today comes within the context of Paul speaking about spiritual gifts to the church in Corinth. These gifts were given by God to advance His kingdom. People started ranking these gifts saying some were better than others. Tongues and prophecy were given an higher precedent. Paul says to the church that the gift isn't what makes someone more righteous but our heart behind it. Our actions is not just enough but we have to be acting out of love, a genuine concern for our brothers and sisters.

Paul then goes on to talk about looking into a mirror. What does this have to do with spiritual gifts? Paul says living in this world is like looking into the reflection of a mirror. Now their mirrors were just hammered and polished bronze and so would of had a reflection like a dirty mirror. Everything would be distorted and unclear. We cannot know everything that is going on or why it is going on because we are not God. Even prophecy is blurred and does not fully show why something is happening. Someday we will know everything but right now we can only see partially. Why consider prophecy better than any gift when it is never perfect.

Paul finishes off by saying, "Three things will last forever - faith, hope, and love - and the greatest of these is love" (1 Corinthians 13:13). Because we can't know why things happen we need faith and hope that there is a reason for these things and that these things will be solved. What makes love the greatest? Love is the reason we have faith and hope. God's love has given us faith and hope. God's love took him to the cross to die for our sins so that we can faith and hope in our future, no matter the trouble we face now.

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