The Main Thing is the Greatest Thing
1 Corinthians 13:8-13
|1 Corinthians 13 (NKJV™)
|Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.
|For we know in part and we prophesy in part.
|But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
|When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
|For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
|And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
New King James Version®, Copyright © 1982, Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.
You've heard the old saying, "The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing!" The whole premise of this thirteenth chapter to the Corinthians is that love is the main thing. But why is it so? And why should it be always cultivated and maintained in any relationship or friendship? Because, says Paul, it is the greatest thing of all!
God's love is the missing ingredient in many of our relationships. Many of them are merely perfunctory and unfortunately erode over time. In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul paints a picture of what true love is and what it is not. Throughout the text, Paul shows us that true love has many facets and explains it in both positive and negative terms. He tells us our love for others is meant to be a mirror of Christ's love for us. This series looks at what true love really is, highlighting how we can learn to let love govern our personal relationships.
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