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“The Greatest Gift”

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1 Corinthians 13:1-3

The Greatest Gift”

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In 1st Corinthians chapter 13 verses 1-3 Paul speaks on the preeminence of love over every other spiritual gift. By doing so he elevates the “fruit of the Spirit” above that of the “Gifts of the Spirit”. And the reason for this is that “love” is the motive or goal of the gifts of the Spirit and it was what was missing in the church in Corinth. God’s unconditional love is the “circulatory system” of the body of Christ. In Paul’s letter to the Galatians he described the Fruit of Spirit as “love” manifesting its self is eight ways:

  • Joy is love enjoying itself

  • Peace is love resting

  • Longsuffering is love waiting

  • Kindness is loves reaction

  • Goodness is loves choice

  • Faithfulness is love keeping its word

  • Gentleness is loves empathy

  • Self-control is love resisting temptation

Through out these three verses Paul uses the first person pronoun “I”, as he wanted his readers to understand that what he was about to say on love was for him as well. In these three verses Paul compares certain gifts of the Spirit against the fruit of the Spirit, “Love”. Paul is not speaking of “love” the way many today think of it. He is not using the word in the Greek that means romantic feeling or attraction. Neither is he using the Greek word that speaks of strong affection or friendship. As valid of human love is they can easily slip into a “I love me and only want you!” or conditional love. Instead Paul is speaking of agape or God’s love, best-understood in John 3:16. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” A love that is best described in self-sacrifice for another’s benefit without any personal reward. What the world needs now is the same that it has always needed “Love sweet Love”!

This has been Pastor Dale, Blessings!

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