Posts Tagged ‘1 Corinthians 13:4-7’

Power, love, and self-discipline

February 28, 2018

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The love of God endures

February 12, 2018

1 Corinthians 13--4-7

From a previous blog post comes the Verse of the Day for February 12, 2018 where we find two more verses from 1 Corinthians 13 further describing “charity” in the King James Version or agape or the love of God:

1 Corinthians 13: 6-7 (NIV):

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Here are two variations of these verses from two other Bibles:

New Living Translation:

It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.

Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

Amplified Bible:

It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.

Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].

As I thought about these verses from 1 Corinthians 13, a passage from Romans 8 (my favorite chapter in the whole Bible) also came to mind, relating to the constancy of the love of God which never fails. No matter the circumstances of our lives, whether on the pinnacles of success and dreams come true or in the pits of disappointment and failure, we are assured that God loves us and that His love endures. I recall a statement from the late Dr. Adrian Rodgers, “God cannot love us any more than He does, and He will not love us any less.” The chapter concludes with this assuring reminder expressed in the Amplified Bible:

Romans 8:37-39

37 Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.

38 For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers,

39 Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The vastness of God’s love is revealed in the song “The Love of God,” rendered so powerfully, yet poignantly, by “Mercy Me,” an appropriate way to conclude today’s blog entry.

Not fear but power, love and a sound mind

February 28, 2016

2 Timothy 1-7

The Verse of the Day for February 28, 2016 is found in 2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV):

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

The Amplified Bible renders the verse this way:

2 Timothy 1:7 (AMP):

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.

In this epistle written to his “faithful and true spiritual son,” Paul explains what kind of spirit God has not given to believers, in contrast to the kind of spirit that He has given:

“God has not given us a spirit of fear.” God who is love, loves us and as 1 John so clearly makes known that there is no fear in love. The spirit that God gave us was not a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, and cringing and fawning fear, all of which reflect weakness.

On the other hand, the spirit that God has given is one of “power, love, and sound mind.” As the Amplified Bible elaborates:

[He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.

Spirit of Power

The word power is translated from a form of the Greek word dunamis, an expression of potential power, as demonstrated as the root of the English words, dynamite and dynamo, both of which reveal power at rest, power that must be demonstrated or activated or manifested. Power always accompanies the Holy Spirit. The Church of Jesus Christ began with the fulfillment of the promise that believers would receive into manifestation power:

Luke 24:49:(AMP)

49 Listen carefully: I am sending the Promise of My Father [the Holy Spirit] upon you; but you are to remain in the city [of Jerusalem] until you are clothed (fully equipped) with power from on high.”

This promise is echoed in Acts 1:8 (AMP)

8 But you will receive power and ability when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be My witnesses [to tell people about Me] both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth.”

In 2 Timothy 1:8 Paul continues to exhort Timothy:

So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord or about me His prisoner, but with me take your share of suffering for the gospel [continue to preach regardless of the circumstances], in accordance with the power of God [for His power is invincible]

Love—agape

In this instance, love refers to, the love of God or agape, a unique term which is used exclusively in the New Testament, reveals the uniqueness of God’s love, so clearly defined in I Corinthians 13, particularly verses 4-7 of the Amplified Bible, illustrates the distinctive power of the love of God:

Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.
It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self- seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong].

It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.

Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].

We speak of the love of God whereby there is a manifestation or demonstration of that love. Love is a verb, but without corresponding action, it is only a word.

Sound mind—whole thoughts

Having a sound mind relates to having whole thoughts or being “sober-minded.” As the Amplified Bible puts it having “a calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.” It is the opposite of an “unsound mind.” According to Black’s Law Dictionary, “A person of unsound mind is an adult who from infirmity of mind is incapable of managing himself or his affairs.” The term is related to persons designated as “insane.”

The expression “being of sound mind and judgment” is a phrase often included in the introductory paragraph of a will in which the testator (writer of the will) declares that the individual signing the will is “of sound mind and memory.” That person is aware of his/her surroundings and is capable of making rational judgments regarding his/her personal affairs. Again, Black’s Law Dictionary offers this definition of “sound mind”: Having the ability to think, understand and reason for oneself.”

The Verse of Day reveals that believers are endowed with a triple source of unfathomable power: God desires that we might know the exceeding greatness of God’s power to those who believe according to the working of His mighty power (Ephesians 1:18). He also wants us know, intimately, personally, as we experience the power of the love of God which is beyond our understanding. Finally, our Father desires that we do not conform ourselves to the world’s standards but that we transform ourselves and renew our minds and thus prove what is that “good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

Listen to this musical reminder that God has not given unto us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind:

We choose to love

February 12, 2016

1 Corinthians 13--4-7

For the Verse of the Day for February 12, 2016 we find two more verses from 1 Corinthians 13 further describing “charity” or agape or the love of God:

1 Corinthians 13: 6-7 (KJV):

Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

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

Here are two variations of these verses from two other Bibles:

New Living Translation:

It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.

Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

Amplified Bible:

It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail.

Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening].

As I thought about these verses from 1 Corinthians 13, a passage from Romans 8 (my favorite chapter in the whole Bible) also came to mind, relating to the constancy of the love of God which never fails. No matter the circumstances of our lives, whether on the pinnacles of success and dreams come true or in the pits of disappointment and failure, we are assured that God loves us and that His love endures. I recall a statement from the late Dr. Adrian Rodgers, “God cannot love us any more than He does, and He will not love us any less.” The chapter concludes with this most assuring reminder expressed in the Amplified Bible:

Romans 8:37-39

37 Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us.

38 For I am persuaded beyond doubt (am sure) that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things impending and threatening nor things to come, nor powers,

39 Nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

In reflecting on the topic of love, we are not just talking about words, but there must a corresponding demonstration of love, whereby one puts words into action, going from articulation to manifestation. The familiar quote reminds us: “Love is a verb. Without action it is only a word.” We also recognize that love is a choice, a concept expressed in this poem:

We Choose to Love

Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love

–and the greatest of these is love.

   1 Corinthians 13:13 (New Living Translation)

Father, expand our minds and widen our comprehension

To recognize Your ways at an even greater dimension.

As we call upon Your name and bow in humility,

Striving to be all that You have called us to be,

Enlighten our eyes, strengthen our hearts to endure,

As we walk in the love of God, boundless and pure.

When we are tempted, knowing that You love us dispels all fear.

As we seek to please You, open our ears that we might hear

Your word and endeavor to hide it deep within our heart.

Despite past failures, misdeeds, and shortcomings on our part,

Your love is constant and never changes but ever grows,

Unfolding in matchless beauty as a dew-kissed rose.

Though we walk by faith, rest in hope, looking above,

Our greatest desire is please You and choose to love.

 

Listen as Newsong offers this powerful musical reminder: “Choose to Love,” an appropriate way to conclude this blog entry:

With patience love one another

January 30, 2016

Ephesians 4--2-3

The Verse of the Day for January 30, 2016 comes from Ephesians 4:2 in the New Living Translation:

Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.

Once again, the Amplified Bible offers a more expansive rendering of Ephesians 4:2:

Living as becomes you] with complete lowliness of mind (humility) and meekness (unselfishness, gentleness, mildness), with patience, bearing with one another and making allowances because you love one another.

This verse offers another reminder to live in humility and meekness with patience whereby we endure or bear up under, and “put up with,” making allowances for one another because we love one another. Patience is the golden strand woven throughout the gnarled threads that comprise the tapestries of our lives. As believers we are exhorted to wait patiently for the return of Christ who is our blessed hope. We are encouraged, not only to wait for him but to wait on him, as we serve one another in love.
Because we love one another, we are reminded of how we should behave. 1 Corinthians 13 provides quintessential definition of love and shows us what love looks like:

I Corinthians 13:4-7

4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

1 Peter 4:8 in the Amplified Bible offers this reminder as to why we should love:

Above all, have fervent and unfailing love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins [it overlooks unkindness and unselfishly seeks the best for others].

1 John also discusses the love of God in more detail, exhorting believers, likewise to show their love to one another:

1 John 4:7-11 (NLT):

7 Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God. 8 But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 God showed how much he loved us by sending his one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him. 10 This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.

Throughout the New Testament believers are exhorted to love one another, which we recognize as the will of God for our lives. Hebrews 10:36 in the Amplified Bible encourages us to have patience:

For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and carry away [and enjoy to the full] what is promised.

We close our blog entry with Kathy Traccolli, who offers yet another reminder to “love one another”: