Day 29 Prayer Focus and 1 Corinthians Chapter 13

Comment of the day from 1/28/11

1Cor.12. Every good and perfect gift comes from above.From our heavenly Father.Every thing belongs to Him. To God BE ALL THE GLORY.
Paul tells us that it’s good to desire spiritual gifts and the greatest is love.For the edifying
of the chiurch.
With these spiritual gifts come responsibilities. We will give an account to God for the gifts He has given us.
I thank God for The Pentecostals Of Fort Worth
For the love they have for God and for each other.
Our Heavenly Father deserves our very best and with His help some day we will hear Our Father say,”well done, thou good and faithful servant”

Elena carpenter

Day 29 Prayer Focus

Pray that God creates opportunities and opens doors for the proclamation of the Gospel throughout our nation and that there will be workers willing to go and the finances to send them.

 

1 Corinthians 13

1Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

2And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

3And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

4Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

5Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

6Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

7Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

8Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

9For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

10But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

11When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

12For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

13And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.


 

19 thoughts on “Day 29 Prayer Focus and 1 Corinthians Chapter 13

  1. I have heard people joke about which language will be spoken in heaven, and I have heard people discuss the language of Love. But I love what it says in vs 8 “whether there be tounges they shall cease” the message bible says “praying in tounges will end” this inspires me. It causes me to realize that when we get to heaven we will only speak in a heavenly language. Who that grows up speaking a foreign language considers it foreign? So we, when we rule with Christ, shall not consider it speaking in tounges, instead it will just be the language we speak in heaven. Imagine, speaking in touges constantly, then we can truly ask, “Who shall seperate me from the love of God?”

  2. this chapter talks about how it will be in heaven,how we will all be speaking a heavenly language. I personally like verse 11 where it talks about how when we grew up we are to put away childish things.

  3. I believe that there is purpose for the word charity meaning love in the chapter. Sometimes we change the word to love in our minds and forget what love is. Charity is giving unconditionally to be there for and help someone. This is love. We cannot take the giving out of love, because then it becomes something different. Perhaps infatuation, attraction, or something else but not love. Jesus demonstrated his love/charity for us by giving himself on the cross. So the real question, before you say you love someone is, would I die for you?

    John 3:16 for God so LOVED the world that he GAVE

  4. v 13 “And now abideth faith, hope and charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” Matt 22v37 NIV (interchanging the word chairty for love) Jesus replied; “Love the Lord your God will all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind, this is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.” Notice that this is a commandment and if we are obedient to this commmandment everything we do will bring glory to Him. Otherwise, everything we do will come to nothing. Everything depends on love. V 8 “Love never faileth”
    That love of Christ that never faileth. Love summarizes not only the Old Testament but the Gospel.
    Let’s BE CHURCH by showing the love of Christ to others.

  5. The synopsis of the first part of the chapter encourages us that everything must be done with love. Everything revolves around love. Doesn’t matter how much we speak in tongues, and how holy we look, if we do not possess the true attributes our good will be evil spoken of because we will not respond with the charity that God requires us to have. Charity suffers long. Sometimes we are so quick to cut people off and be finished with them, when if we use the attribute of charity and suffereth long with them, we could provoke them to a Godly life.

  6. 1Cor. 13. Love is the greatest because it expresses God and Calvary . We didn’t deserve Such wonderful love, but thank God for His mercy and grace.
    He is the more excellent way.
    His love will succeed when all else fails .

  7. VS 7 Love or charity is one of the greatest emotions that humanity can have toward one another. It will bear all kinds of hardships it will endure trouble and wont give up easily. The greatest love that we could experiance is God’s love for us and were thankful that we have this love in our lives.

  8. Bro. Wedster states,-charity n. 1.the love of God for man or of man for his fellow men. 2.an act of good will or affection. 3.the feeling of good will;benevolence.

    To BE THE CHURCH is to have charity. A love for mankind, to act as Jesus would towards others.In todays reference charity is a tax write-off. True charity is not something you can put a price on ;it’s a lifestyle. Without charity we have nothing ,we are nothing. If there was one word to not even come close to describe God it would be charity. Do we honestly love all mankind the same? Honestly I don’t ,yet this is something that I’m praying that God will help me in. Jesus ate in people’s homes that we would never think about going into.He went up to people that we would shy away from. Working at the zoo has opened up my eyes to all the people that are around us.

  9. Verse 13 (Amplified) says…And so faith, hope, love abide [faith–conviction and belief respecting man’s relation to God and divine things; hope–joyful and confident expectation of eternal salvation; love–true affection for God and man, growing out of God’s love for and in us], these three; but the greatest of these is love.

    Verse 2….And if I have prophetic powers ([b]the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose), and understand all the secret truths and mysteries and possess all knowledge, and if I have [sufficient] faith so that I can remove mountains, but have not love (God’s love in me) I am nothing (a useless nobody).

    Without Love we gain nothing, profit nothing, and are bankrupt.

  10. Love is God’s greatest commandment. An individual may be rich, have a position of power, have physical strength, have incredible knowledge, but without love, he’ll be lonely and unhappy.

    Love brings, joy, laughter, hope, faith, and builds relationships with others. God wants each one of us to have a loving relationship with him.

  11. This chapter illustrates the importance of love; we must have God’s love to share if we are going to reach the lost. We all need love although we may not want to admit it, God made us this way. There are hundreds of cases both positive and negative of loves accomplishments, where God’s love abounds and tragedies from the lack of God’s love. Love brings forth true anointing and true worship, even the world can tell if we have love for God, for them and for one another. Let’s BE Church and love one another with Godly and not worldly (fake) love. May the Lord Bless you all

  12. Here we learn that without charity (love) everything we do is in vain. No matter how good or highly esteemed it is it is but vanity if not done with love. People will forget us, they will forget our words, and our deeds… But love lives on.

  13. Many give, many speak in tongues, many go to church…but if you’re doing it out of obligation instead of love, what does it profit?

  14. V1-3 “1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

    2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

    3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.”

    This calls to mind 1 John 4:8,16 “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. … And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.” Love goes beyond being a concept or emotion or feeling; love in the truest sense *is* God. I find it easy to quickly skim this familiar chapter and read it with the sense of “if I have not love [the feeling of love, sense of affection or high esteem for others, particularly positive and warm disposition towards others, the willingness to go out of my way to help them, give up my personal desires for the sake of others, etc], then…” But really, going deeper, we’re told “if I have not God [abiding in Him and Him in me, with the fruit of His nature and qualities being reproduced in my life], then…”

    It really seems to be speaking against false, empty religion. This letter is written to the church, not people who are lost in need of salvation but those who already know the Savior and need encouragement/edification/teaching/correction to continue running the race as they should and growing rightly in God. V1-3 outlines “even if I do all these good Christian works, if I don’t have God, it really doesn’t amount to anything at all.” V4-7 helps to define love, to define the attributes of God to give us a sort of barometer of whether the fruit of God is evident in our lives or not. No patience, no kindness? Jealous, boastful, proud, rude? Demand your own way? Irritable, hold grudges, refuse to let past offenses go? Rejoice over injustice but not truth? Or give up or lose faith, hopeless, do not endure or bear through all circumstances? Then there’s an issue; these are red flags of a lack of God in our lives. It reminds me of what was preached last year, “Foundational Evidence.” Do we have that Foundation Evidence in our lives? V8-13 begins to break down *why* love is so important to have. Seeing that God *is* love and He is eternal, we realize that those good Christian works involving prophecies, tongues, knowledge, etc, are all partial things which have a set season of use and afterwards will pass away and will not carry through into all eternity. We have to chose whether we’re going to be based in the temporal or eternal.

    What is the foundation of our Christian walk? Works? This is not to say there is something wrong with prophecies, tongues, and knowledge. These things are good and needful but they cannot be our foundation. V10 “…when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away”; if we are based in anything but Jesus, who will never pass away, then we are going to fall in the face of eternity because when that partial foundation is done away with, we’ll be done away with it because there will be nothing left to stand on.

    I’m reminded of Rom 5:1-5 “1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: 2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope: 5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”

    That phrase “the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost” stands out in particular to me. That word “by” means “through (of means; by the means of); through the ground or reason by which something is or is not done (by reason of; because of for this reason) [#1223].” As Christians, we find that God’s love is poured out into us, into our lives both because we’re filled with God’s Spirit and by the means of being filled with God’s Spirit. When we look in the Word concerning the church, we find a pattern that those who were full of the Holy Ghost (full of love) were used by God and had fruitful lives. We cannot try to do spiritual works through the flesh. If we want true spiritual fruit in our lives, we must have Jesus as our foundation.

    Mat 12:33 “Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.”

    John 15:4-5 “4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”

    1 John 3:23-24 “23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. 24 And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.”

  15. Spiritual Gifts are important, but without Love it profits nothing. I feel like this is preventative maintenance to the Corinthian church to possibly prevent misunderstandings and church problems. Paul was letting the church know that even though each has his own gifting love is the ultimate gift. Why?

    Because your Gift loses value when you do not possess Godly love… no love = diminished value of the gift.

    We only have these Gifts and understand them in part because we only see in part, but if we can keep the unity of the Spirit and the Unity of the faith we will one day understand fully.

    Summary… LOVE IS ESSENTIAL.

  16. Chapter 13 is a description of the Birth, Death, and Resurrection of JESUS!

    Regardless of our religious experiences, or christian heritage, without Charity (LOVE) it is worthless!

    JESUS help me to love as you love.

  17. This chapter says it all. We cannot get by without love. Love is strong and will cause you to do things you thought you would have never done. Now because God so loved the world, we’re able to stand here today and worship him. Love is the key ingredient that will take your relationship with God to the next level.

  18. vs “8 Charity never faileth…”
    Without love, love for Christ and for others, all that we do and accomplish is for vainity. Love never fails… His word doesn’t lie.

  19. It explains how speaking in tongues is not just something that we do. It is a sign of Jesus in our lives and speaking to us and through us.

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