We will look at, “Love” and see how many people attempt to interpret 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, with a lack of a correct understanding of many. I hope after reading this article, one will understand these verses.
There are many, who say, I love, but I am feeble in kindness and other areas. However, from this study, one can hope that one will see the true meaning of “Love.” For this love comes from God and since it comes from God, every attribute must unite into one thing, love.
1 John 4:16, says,
16 We know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. (NASB)
If we are in Christ, walking by the Spirit than we are in God and God is in us. Every attribute is in us as one, under the title of love.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7, says,
4 Love shows patients, love shows kindness and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,
5 does not misbehave; it does not seek its own, provoked by no one, does not consider a wrong suffered,
6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;
7 bears everything, believes everything, hopes everything, endures everything. (NASB)
Many individuals think each attribute comes from one’s spiritual growth. This idea is far from the truth. Heard among believers by statements such as these, “I am still learning patience, but I am getting there.” Satan wants everyone to believe this, but one must reject this notion. Every attribute of love is present from the moment of salvation as love. It is up to the individual to appropriate them into their lives at once.
John 13:35, says,
35 By this, every man will know you are My disciples if you have a love for one another. (NASB)
At salvation, our life becomes filled with the Spirit of God. Since now filled with the Spirit, we have everything one will ever need, not fragments of Him as many individuals say.
Now the question is, are we controlled by the Spirit or the flesh?
Galatians 5:16, 25, says,
16 But I mean, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.
25 If we live by the Spirit, let us walk by the Spirit. (NASB)
One should see from this list below that love is singular with many resulting attributes.
To show one’s love for their neighbor means one is a true disciple of God.
What Should Love Show
Love shows patients
Love shows kindness
Love is not jealous
Love does not brag
Love is not arrogant
Love does not misbehave
Love does not seek its own way
Love does not get angry
Love does not take revenge
Love does not rejoice in sin
Love rejoices in the truth
Love bears everything
Love believes in everything good
Love hopes in everything good
Love will endure everything
These attributes are not independent, but wrapped under the umbrella of love.
1 Corinthians 13:8, says,
1 Love Will Never Fail. (NASB)
As with the Fruit of the Spirit, these attributes of love come to us by the same Spirit. If we are walking by and filled with the Spirit, we will have these attributes of love. Many say, these different attributes are coming to us piecemeal if this was true why then one sentence?
The “Fruit of the Spirit,” Fruit has a singular meaning one while every attribute of love is under the canopy of love.
The most excellent gift is that of love surpasses everything. Therefore, if love is the greatest gift, then love wraps these attributes. Someone may say they have love in their heart, but boast, or has jealousy or no kindness; there is no love in their heart.
In 1 Corinthians 14:1 commands us to “Pursue love,” for without love everything we do, has no meaning. Can you picture the world if this love reigned in the hearts of humanity? Pure love with always the thought of the other person first instead of self. Can you picture this, a heaven on earth full of love!
The attributes of love defined and appropriated through the power of the Holy Spirit show we are the children of God. God commands us to love.
1 John 4:19, says,
19 We love because He first loved us. (NASB)
Sola Scriptura–By Scripture Alone
Sola Fide–By Faith Alone
Sola Gratia–By Grace Alone
Solus Christus–By Christ Alone
Soli Deo Gloria–Glory to God Alone
Copyright Dr. George L Gallant, ©2019