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.
- 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.
- 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?