1 Corinthians 13: The More Excellent Way
1 Corinthians 12:31 - Love is the more excellent way.
Matthew 22:36-40 The whole Old Testament depends on love.
Luke 10:25-27 What must I do to inherit eternal life?
1 Corinthians 13:1-ff - Godly love is based upon obedience to the Scriptures, while human love is conditioned upon the relationship held with others.
1 Corinthians 13:1-3 - God desires for His children to do all these things but not outside of love. Love is that which God wants first and foremost from us.
4-8 - God is the standard because, according to 1 John 4:8 and 16, "God is love." Agape, therefore, is supernatural love. It is doing that which is not natural to do.
4 - Love is Longsuffering
1 Peter 3:20; Exodus 34:6 - It is to be long on patience with others even if their actions are evil. God’s patience with humanity is mind-boggling.
2 Peter 3:9 and 10 - God wants His children to behave as He does.
Ephesians 4:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 5:14 and 15; James 5:7-9
1 Corinthians 13:4 - Love is Kind - Luke 6:35 and 36
Nehemiah 9:17 - That God did not forsake them was indeed great kindness.
Romans 2:4; Titus 3:3-5; Ephesians 4:31 and 32; 2:7
The ugliness of envy stands out clearly in contrast to longsuffering and kindness. Envy is a painful or resentful awareness of an advantage enjoyed by another joined with a desire to possess the same advantage.
1 Corinthians 4:6 and 7 - Love does not brag and is not arrogant.
Knowledge can cause people to get puffed up. However, when knowledge is used properly, love and edification result.
5 - Does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own.
Philippians 2:2 and 3
Love Is Not Provoked - Matthew 5:38 and 39
Love Does Not Think Evil. Love rejoices not in iniquity; love rejoices in truth.
1 Peter 3:8-12
1 Corinthians 13:7 - All things according to the Word
1 Peter 4:8
1 Corinthians 13:8-10 - Love never fails; everything else comes to an end.
12 - The spiritual abilities we now have are like children’s toys compared to that which will be ours when Christ returns.
Verse 13 - Love is the greatest!
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