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Dave Burnette's Commentary

1 Corinthians Chapter 13 

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Paul
Date Penned: (55 AD)
Overview: Paul Answers Church Questions (c 7-16)
Theme: Instructions on Public Worship (c 11-14)
Message: The Love of Christ (v 1-31)

1 Corinthians 13 Commentary

(13:1-13) Love is the Greatest - In chapter 12, Paul gave evidence of the Corinthians’ lack of love in the utilization of spiritual gifts; chapter 13 defines real love (How Love Produces giving sacrifically , to indure all things, extends grace, is paitent, is kind, is long suffering, slow to anger; not jealous, not boastful, not proud, not rude, or demand its own way. In short -  God is Love) while chapter 14 shows how love works. (God is Love, His Character, His Actions to You and Me with Christ is us, as believers, to let Love flow in and through us)  While spiritual gifts are important to the functioning of the body (12:12-31), they lose their value if love is not behind them.



Dave Burnette's Life Application

What are Your Motives?

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue the book of 1st Corinthians with Chapter 13 and in our text we see Paul addressing the Church on the characteristics and priority of love being in the Christian life. He explains that without or charity or the love of Christ that all of our acts and actions are nothing. It is love of Christ in us that should be at the heart of anything we do in His Name. How about you? What are your motives? Let us learn from our text today and this instruction and definition of true love to see without the love of Christ we are nothing and our works are in vain.  


1 Corinthians 13

1 Corinthians 13

 1Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

 2And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

 3And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

 4Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

 5Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

 6Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

 7Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

 8Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

 9For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

 10But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

 11When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

 12For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

 13And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.