1 Corinthians 13 Verse 13

13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. [1]

              Valentine’s Day is a day designated to celebrate the love of your spouse. It dates all the way back to ancient Rome, but it wasn’t until the 5th century when the Catholic church declared February 14th to be Saint Valentines day. It wasn’t until the 1300’s that Valentine’s Day started to associate the act of showing someone you loved them. From that point it, it spread through England and into America, where American’s spend on average of 20 billion dollars each year. Many exchange gifts with their significant others, many even propose marriage. This day has been a celebration of love for many centuries and doesn’t appear to be slowing.

              Paul is addressing a turbulent church in Corinth, which has been under attack by many inside and outside the church. Correspondence between Paul and the church leads Paul to write two separate letters addressing a number of these issues. As Paul pins the 13th chapter, he continues a theme of the church being one body with many members. Right out of the gate, Paul makes it clear the stance on loving one another in all fashions of life, establishing that he is nothing without love. This short chapter is concluded with a profound statement that has been heard throughout the world through the ages; that love is the greatest of all. We can have faith, and we can have hope, but if we do not have love, we are bankrupt. As Christians, this is our mandate, to love others, and love God. We must show the world how Christ loved, and the sacrifice that He paid for our sins. This is the ultimate definition of love. As you go about your day today, know that Christ died for our sins, and we have that comfort that we have a God so loving that He sent His only Son to die. When you look at your spouse, look with a renewed love, a fresh appreciation of them, and cherish that moment. Tomorrow isn’t promised, so love everyone with everything you have.

Written by Alex Zenk, @reformed_lifestyle


[1] The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2016). (1 Co 13:13). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.

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