1 Corinthians 13

The apostle has urged the believers at Corinth to be zealous to possess the more excellent of the gifts (12:31), but before going on to explain what he means by this (chapter 14), he pauses to point out that spiritual gifts are of profit only when exercised in love.

  1. Verses 1-3. Why is love so all-important?
    a. In what ways does Paul show further in verses 8-13 that love is greater than all other gifts?
    b. How can it find expression in my life?
    Cf. 1 John 4:7, 12; Gal. 5:22, 23.
  2. In verses 4-7 there are fifteen ways of describing love.
    a. Write them in a column and then try to put opposite each a single word summarizing it, and if possible, an incident in Jesus’ life illustrating it.
    b. Then ask yourself: Is this found in me?
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