Category Archives: 1 Corinthians 13

Love Keeps No Record of Wrongs

The language of the Bible is graphic – sometimes even shocking!  While I may take other opportunities in blog posts to demonstrate the shock value of some scriptures, in this post I want to shed some light on how graphic … Continue reading

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Love is Not Easily Angered

Jeremiah Burroughs, a seventeenth-century English pastor and theologian, wrote a book that was intended to heal divisions and promote a gracious unity in a land fractured by civil war, party spirits, and general discord.  He offered his readers a wonderful … Continue reading

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Love Is Not Self-Seeking

A rather clunky but literal translation of this phrase from Paul’s famous definition of love in 1 Corinthians 13 would be, “love does not seek her own things.”  This month I want to invite you to break the ice and … Continue reading

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Love Is Not Rude

  I wonder if we as a culture have forgotten what rudeness is.  Fortunately for us, Wikipedia remembers! Rudeness (also called impudence or effrontery) is a display of disrespect by not complying with the social norms or etiquette of a group or culture. These laws have … Continue reading

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Love Is Not Proud

Pride is like patience in at least one way: both can be either good or bad. Patience in waiting for a guard to move so you can rob a bank is a bad thing. Patience in helping your child learn … Continue reading

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Love Does Not Boast

To “boast” has a fairly specific meaning in our English language. It means, “to speak with excessive pride about one’s own accomplishments, talents, or possessions.” It does not take a Bible scholar to know that love does not do those … Continue reading

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Love Does Not Envy

There are two words in the language of the New Testament that can be translated by our English word “envy.” One is always used in the negative sense – it means to begrudge someone their success and want to take away what … Continue reading

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Love is Kind

“Love,” Sinatra and others tell us, “is a many-splendored thing.”  I think this captures much of the Hallmark sense of what love is: love is made up of many splendid virtues and attitudes.  If you think back to the Valentine’s … Continue reading

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Love Is Patient

  “Love is patient, love is kind.  It does not envy…”  This description of love from 1 Corinthians is familiar to most of us.  Maybe too familiar!  Have you ever thought that it is odd that the most well known … Continue reading

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