1 Corinthians 13


1 Corinthians 13 Series
by Ted Schroder

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7 - NIV)

Love is Not Rude
(1 Corinthians 13:5)
by Ted Schroder
The KJV translates “rude” as love does not behave itself “unseemly.” Paul is simply saying that there are many ways of behaving badly, and that love avoids them all. J.B. Phillips paraphrases it by saying that “love has good manners.” The root meaning of the word derives from behaving indecently, improperly, disgracefully or dishonorably. Love renounces all such behavior. <more...>

Love is Not Arrogant (1 Corinthians 13:4)
by Ted Schroder
St. Paul uses a word that is translated “arrogant” in the ESV, which he uses half a dozen times in this letter, and only once elsewhere. No other New Testament writer uses it at all. The KJV translates it “not puffed up.” That is literally true, for the word expresses an attitude that is puffed up, inflated with pride, vanity and arrogance. <more...>

Love Does Not Boast (1 Corinthians 13:4)
by Ted Schroder
Love recognizes that everything we possess, everything good and worthy of praise that we have done, is a gift of God. Without God we could do nothing. Love is secure in the love of God. Love feels valued by the most significant player in one’s life. The beloved believer has experienced an encounter with God in Christ. <more...>

Love Does Not Envy (1 Corinthians 13:4)
by Ted Schroder
The story of our beginnings is the story of a God overflowing with love. That love created the universe, and created men and women in God’s image. The love of God is a creative and generous quality of giving. When it is present in human beings, as a gift of God, it results in sharing, caring, and giving. <more...>

Love Is Not Easily Angered (1 Corinthians 13:5)
by Ted Schroder
Love is not easily angered (NIV). Love is not touchy (JBP). Love is not irritable (NRSV). Love is not short-tempered. “Love puts a long fuse on our emotional bombs.” (Lewis Smedes) Love does not blow up at the least provocation. Love is calm under pressure. Love accepts responsibility for how we react to others. Love takes responsibility for how we feel and how we handle unjustified aggravation. <more...>

Love is Not Self-Seeking (1 Corinthians 13:5)
by Ted Schroder
Love is not selfish. Love does not insist on its own way. Love does not ‘seek her own’ (KJV). Love does not ‘insist on its own way’ (RSV). Love does not ‘pursue selfish advantage’ (JBP). Love is concerned with the well-being of others, not solely with its own welfare. Love is prepared to give up for the sake of others even what it is entitled to. Jesus calls us to deny ourselves. <more...>

Love Does Not Delight in Evil But Rejoices With The Truth (1 Corinthians 13:6)
by Ted Schroder
Schadenfreude is the German word which describes our malicious enjoyment of the mishaps or misfortunes of others. Schadenfreude is part of our culture. Everyone of us experiences schadenfreude. It is intrinsic to every sport. We love it when our golfing buddies hit their balls in the bunkers or miss their putts. We inwardly applaud when our tennis opponent double-faults or hits into the net. We cheer when the opposing quarterback <more...>

Love Keeps No Record of Wrongs 
(1 Corinthians 13:5)
by Ted Schroder
Love keeps no record of wrongs (NIV). Love is not resentful (RSV). Love holds no grudges (LB). The verb Paul uses here means ‘to calculate.’ William Barclay says that the word “is an accountant’s word. It is the word that is used for entering up an item in a ledger so that it will not be forgotten.” Lewis Smedes writes that “Resentment is our memory of the painful, angry past.” <more...>

Love Always Protects (1 Corinthians 13:7)
by Ted Schroder
“Love always protects.” The verb means to cover, to pass over in silence, to keep confidential. It is used to describe a roof. When we want to stop discussion of something we may say that we want to ‘put a lid on it.’ Love throws a cloak of silence over what is displeasing in another person. “Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs.” (Proverbs 10:12) “Love covers over a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8) Love finds a way to shelter the wrongdoer from exposure and condemnation. This is how God has treated us. “Blessed is he whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered.” (Psalm 32:1) <more...>

Love Always Trusts  (1 Corinthians 13:7)
by Ted Schroder
“Love believes all things” or “always trusts.” The inference is that if you love someone you will “always believe in him.” (Living Bible) Love is always ready to believe the best about people. This is not regarded as a virtue by most experienced people. To believe the best about people, to give them the benefit of the doubt, smacks of naiveté or gullibility. <more...>

Will They Know You're a Christian By Your Love?
by Rhonda Jones
I became a Christian when I was 19 years old, almost 2 decades ago. I was not brought up in a Christian home. In fact, I didn't even know what a Christian was at the time. I remember while being in college, looking at the bulletin boards postings for roommates wanted. I would see listings that said, Christian seeking Christian roommates and really had a hard time understanding what this was all about. <more...>



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