Concerning Spiritual Gifts – 3 A Better Way

Concerning Spiritual Gifts – 3 A Better Way

1 Corinthians Chapter 13 is commonly known as the “Love Chapter” and is frequently referenced in wedding ceremonies. This week Pastor Tommy looks at why this discussion on love is found wedged in the middle of Paul’s teachings on the Spiritual Gifts in Chapters 12 and 14.

If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.   1 Corinthians 13:1-3

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.   1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! 9 Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! 10 But when full understanding comes, these partial things will become useless.    1 Corinthians 13:8-10

But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.   1 Corinthians 13:10  (NKJV)

When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 12 Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.   1 Corinthians 13:11-12

Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.   1 Corinthians 13:13

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