Walk in love (Ephesians 5:2)

JP: Good post on Christian love by Pastor T. J. Klapperich

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

Christian Love


the Lord defines love for us in 1 Cor 13. The descriptions are full of verbs; love is active. It is never merely a sentiment or emotion, although it never lacks heart-felt emotion. The other clear characteristic is that love is self-sacrificing; it acts for the good of others. Paul describes love in a way that targets the selfishness of the Corinthians. The Corinthians were puffed up, tolerating sin, and behaving selfishly. Paul under inspiration tells the Corinthians that their wisdom and gifts have no eternal value if they lack love. We must remember this. Ministry toward others is never about our gifts, but about the good of others for the glory of God. Although 1 Corinthians 13 sets the bar higher than we can reach in our fallen state, it is nonetheless God’s standard for us and the biblical pattern for ministering to people.

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