1 Corinthians 13:1-3 - Love Is Supreme.

1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (NIV) If I speak in the 
tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I 
am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 
2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can 
fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I 
have a faith that can move mountains, but have 
not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I 
possess to the poor and surrender my body to the 
flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.  

1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (NLT) If I could speak 
all the languages of earth and of angels, but 
didnt love others, I would only be a noisy gong or 
a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of 
prophecy, and if I understood all of Gods secret 
plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had 
such faith that I could move mountains, but 
didnt love others, I would be nothing. 3 If I gave 
everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my 
body, I could boast about it; but if I didnt 
love others, I would have gained nothing.  


In chapter 12 Paul gave evidence of the 
Corinthians' lack of love in the utilization of spiritual 
gifts; chapter 13 defines real love; and chapter 14 
shows how love works. Love is more important than 
all the spiritual gifts exercised in the church 
body. Great faith, acts of dedication or 
sacrifice, and miracle-working power produce very 
little without love. Love makes our actions and 
gifts useful. Although people have different 
gifts, love is available to everyone. [Life 
Application SB] 

Spiritual gifts were present in Corinth 
(1:7); right doctrine was even in place (11:2); but 
love was absent. This led to the quarrels and 
exhibitions of selfishness and pride that plagued the 
church notably in the area of spiritual gifts. 
Instead of selfishly and jealously desiring showy 
gifts which they don't have, believers should 
pursue the greatest thing of all love for one 
another. This chapter is considered by many the 
greatest literary passage ever penned by Paul. It is 
central to his earnestly dealing with spiritual 
gifts (chaps. 12-14), because after discussing the 
endowment of gifts (chap. 12) and before presenting 
the function of gifts (chap. 14), he addresses 
the attitude necessary in all ministry in the 
church (chap. 13). [MacArthur Daily Bible 2003] 


Life Is About Relationships, Not 
   If you dont live a life of love, then 
nothing you say will matter, nothing you know will 
matter, nothing you believe will matter, and nothing 
you give will matter. 
   Finally, if you dont live a life of 
love, nothing you accomplish will matter. 
   You can rack up an incredible list of 
personal achievements. You can get your picture on 
the cover of Fortune magazine. You can win the 
Nobel Peace Prize. You can have enormous 
accomplishments, be entrepreneur of the year, build a 
billion-dollar company, have incredibly great successes in 
your field of endeavor. But the Bible says it 
isnt worth much if you dont love. The Bible 
says - God says - relationships are more 
important than accomplishments. 
   Life is about relationships, not 
   Its as simple as this: You can have 
the eloquence of an orator, the knowledge of a 
genius, the faith of a miracle worker, the 
generosity of a philanthropist, or the achievements of 
a superstar, but if you dont have love in 
your heart, it is worth zero. It doesnt count. 
The only thing that matters to God is this: Do 
you love him, and do you love other people? 
   One day youre going to die, and 
youre going to stand before God. When he evaluates 
your life, hes not going to look at your bank 
account or your list of accomplishments or your 
grades. He wont care about all your sports 
trophies. Hes not going to look at your 
endorsements or your resume. 
   God is going to evaluate your life on one 
basis: your relationships. Hes going to ask, 
How much did you love me and other people? 
Thats called the Great Commandment. Did you love 
God with all your heart, and did you love your 
neighbor as yourself? [Daily Devotional by Rick 
Warren: https://pastorrick.com/devotional/] 


Have love. Be something.
   How could I work this out? Tomorrow was 
my meeting with a small circle of women who 
gathered to critique one another's writing. By far 
the least experienced, I felt honored to be so 
warmly included at their last meeting. How could I 
miss my second one? 
   Let's see. I could drop my husband off at 
work. He wouldn't have a car, but that would give 
me a vehicle to drive. A babysitter could pick 
up my son from his violin lesson at noon. Then, 
perhaps, she could take my daughter to her art 
lesson. Of course, this all meant I had to get four 
children up very early. Such a lot of work for a 
little meeting. But it was important - at least to 
me. Father, what should I do? 
   I heard the faint whisper of a familiar 
phrase: "If I speak in the tongues of angels  if 
understand all mysteries  but do not have love, I am 
   Stay home? Was that God's answer? But 
there are words of angels to translate, prophecies 
to reveal, and mysteries to decipher. Was I 
destined to be something? or nothing? Though "I have 
all faith . but do not have love, I am 
   It wasn't until the next day as my 
husband drove away and I sat with my rested children 
on the couch that I realized I had unknowingly 
written something special. I had written "I love 
you" on their hearts. God had critiqued it. And I 
think he liked it. 
   Elizabeth Bridges Hiett, a registered 
nurse, has been happily married for fifteen years 
and is a homeschooling mother of four children. 
[The One Year Bible Live Verse Devotional re 1 
Co. 13:1, 2 NRSV] 


No matter how high the profession, he whose 
heart is not filled with love for God and his 
fellow men is not a true disciple of Christ. Though 
he should possess great faith and have power 
even to work miracles, yet without love his faith 
would be worthless. He might display great 
liberality; but should he, from some other motive than 
genuine love, bestow all his goods to feed the poor, 
the act would not commend him to the favor of 
God. In his zeal he might even meet a martyr's 
death, yet if not actuated by love, he would be 
regarded by God as a deluded enthusiast or an 
ambitious hypocrite.  {AA 318.2} 


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