My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

1 Corinthians 13

All you need is love! Bah buh bababaaah!

I can do all great things, and move in all great gifts, but it's pointless if I do it without love. Love waits, isn't jealous or insecure or proud. It's got self-control, hopes and perseveres. It never fails. All gifts are temporary; like toys for our childhood. When everything is truly perfect only faith, hope and love will remain but mostly love.

Key verse:
4. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

My thoughts:
The truth is, this whole freaken chapter is a big fat key verse. It's actually quite short, so you should just read it for yourself.

This is possibly the most famous chapter in the Bible. It's recited at weddings ad nauseum, but it is freaken brilliant. It's point is actually simple. No matter how spiritual or 'religious' we get, no matter how passionate we are about God and our faith, it is absolutely useless and wrong without love. The Bible covers a lot of points, and it can get complicated and compassionless if we forget that the context of all things in our faith is love.

This is cool wee interlude whilst Paul is talking about spiritual gifts in chapters 12 and 14. It's a brief aside, but it is also the centre of what he's trying to say about the gifts.

Love has an excellent description in this chapter. The adjectives given to describe it are good indicators of how we should be living. Read verses 4-7 but replace love with "I". See if it holds true for you. If not, then you FAIL at LIFE.


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