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May 2019 Gleanings

May 11, 2019       1 Corinthians 13th Chapter

(We utilize the four components of basic inductive Bible study: Observation, Interpretation, Correlation and Application).

At our neighborhood Bible study we studied inductively the 13 verses of this love chapter. We observed Paul’s discussion of this chapter in continuity with the 12th chapter on spiritual gifts. We observe the importance of love in the exercise of our spiritual gifts. Paul states that any gift which is not used in love will produce nothing of eternal value even acts of benevolence and even martyrdom; we followed the outline - verses 4-7 giving us the attributes of love; and verses 8-13 endurance of love. Verse 13 Paul states that things fade away but here discusses those that endure forever – faith, hope and charity but charity (love) is the greatest. We will continue to depend upon God with an attitude of expectation, as we serve God through eternity.

We gave our subjective views on the transitory gifts as to how they are used when we are with the Lord. We were truly enlightened about the power of love and its significance as we use our spiritual gifts in the body of Jesus Christ. We have our gifts to be used to the glory of God in the body of Jesus Christ and not for our self- gratification.

APPLICATION:

  1. As you evaluate your spiritual gifts, are you exercising love to edify others?
  2. Do you understand the importance of love even into transition?
  3. What can we do in our churches and places of worship to promote genuine love?

PRAYER:
Merciful God, in the name of Jesus, we realize the absence of love in our society.

We pray first that we as your disciples will exemplify this agape love, that we will make a difference and love everyone which is possible because the Holy Spirit dwells inside of us. Oh, Lord, the world needs love – let it begin with me, is our prayer. Amen.

 

 

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