Thursday, 3 September 2020 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
“Love……… does not take into account a wrong suffered.” -1 Corinthians 13:5 NASB
In this grand chapter of Love, the Spirit of God gives bold affirmations about the quality of Love that is expected to be demonstrated through and by a believer of Jesus Christ! Although many think it is very difficult to demonstrate the kind of love, the Bible gives reason that it is possible!! Romans 5:5 says “… the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
The Greek equivalent word for love is “Agape.” One explanation for Agape is: it is benevolent love. Its benevolence, however, is not shown by doing what the person loved desires, but what the one who loves deems as needed by the one loved!! In John 3:16 it is written that “God loved the world…” He gave not what man wanted, but what man needed as God perceived His need!
However for man to first show this love he needs to experience this kind of love from God and then from within him, compelled to operate in such love. When we place our lives under the authority of Jesus Christ, we start experiencing the love of God and then God will place within man the source of power that would enable him to operate in that same love (Romans 5:5) The NKJV Study Bible states: “this kind of love goes against natural human inclination.“
There are various expressions of this love described in today’s reading. Of them, we will look into detail the one below: