Love in the Church
1 Corinthians 13 is known as the love chapter. One of the most frequently used passages in weddings, this chapter is often used in the context of romantic or familial relationships. But as we mentioned last time, the correct application of this passage is actually for interpersonal relationships with members of the church. Understanding this appropriate context gives this passage a whole new layer of meaning.
Love: The More Excellent Way
After a long discussion and explanation on the importance of the different gifts God gives and how all are needed for the Body of Christ to function fully, Paul wraps chapter twelve up with an important segue.
“But earnestly desire the higher gifts. And I will show you a still more excellent way.”
~1 Corinthians 12:31
Contrary to what some people believe, Paul actually encourages and exhorts us to pursue and desire the “higher” gifts and be actively involved in using the supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit to the build the Church of Jesus. Yet at the same time, he wants to make sure that we have the correct motivation and attitude in using these God-given abilities. While the gifts of the Spirit are wonderful, by themselves they are rather useless. They must be accompanied by love, which is the more excellent way.
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