Lesson No. 533
1 Corinthians Chapter 13
"Everything You Wanted to Know About Love"

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I CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 13

The characteristics of love

1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And 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. 3 And 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. 4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 8 Charity 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. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 11 When 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. 12 For 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. 13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

Lesson No. 533 "Everything You Wanted to Know About Love"

1st Corinthians 13 09/27/2020

 1) What is this chapter about, and why is it often read during wedding ceremonies? Is this chapter about marriage?

 2) Paul talks about the gifts of language, angel's language or 'tongues', prophesy, understanding, knowledge, faith, giving, sacrifice, but that if these gifts are used without love, they are useless. Why?

 3) Paul goes on to describe 'love' in verses 4 through 8: long suffering, kind, without envy, not prideful, well behaved, selfless, humble, patient, not evil thinking, shuns sin, rejoices in truth, bears all things, is hopeful, endures all things, and never fails. He talks like love is a 'person'. Although Paul describes love, who is he describing? If so, we learn to 'love' by emulating who?

 4) So, is it wrong to use verses 4-8 in our wedding vows?

 5) Verse 8 says that the other gifts may fail, but not love. Why or how can this be true? What about all the broken marriages and ‘lost love’?

 6) Verse 9 says we don't have the full picture yet, but when ‘who’ or ‘what’ comes….. we will. What does verse 10 mean?

 7) What does verse 11 mean in context to the gifts and love?

 8) Verse 12 says we can only see God so much right now, but when will we see and understand God and ourselves?

 9) Verse 13, why is love greater than faith and hope? What does this understanding do for our 'love life'?

 Let’s read Chapter 13 again and apply 1st John 4: 8!


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