OVERVIEW: Paul teaches the Corinthians that exercising gifts should always be done in love, and he provides a picture of love.
BIG IDEA: Love never fails.
KEY VERSE: 1 Corinthians 13:13 (Paul to the Corinthians)
Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
You may be in the top 10% of your class, your field, or the world. But if you are not showing love to others, what have you gained? Your expertise and talent provide a platform to demonstrate there is more to life. Show those around you the power of love. Love is the difference-maker. Ability comes and goes, but love changes the world. I am here to provide hope to the world. Point them to me that they would experience, receive, and then share my love.
I want to teach you to be patient. I want to help you be kind. I want to equip you with how to forgive and trust. I want you to learn to celebrate righteousness and mourn over evil. There is so much I want to show you about love so that it is not just something you feel or do, but it becomes who you are through your words, thoughts, and deeds. Surrender to me. Let me change you. Let me love you.
Re-read verses 4-8a, but replace the phrase “love” (or “it”) with your name. How did that feel? Encouraging? Discouraging? Thank God for the areas where you are strong. Ask for God’s help in areas you are weak.