1 Corinthians 13 is perhaps one of the most well known chapters in the Bible. Aptly referred to as the, "Love Chapter," it is often highlighted in weddings, urging the couple to be patient, kind, putting the needs of the other above the interests of self.
But is there more to this chapter; a greater motivation and example than mere human love? Some have outlined the chapter in this way:
- The Prominence of Love (Why love matters) - verses 1-3
- The Perfections of Love (What love looks like) - verses 4-7
- The Persistence of Love (How love lasts) - verses 8-13
In this lesson, we begin to explore the perfections of love; what love looks like. Of the 15 characteristics of love highlighted in this chapter, we focus on patience. We will learn how the church is to be characterized by love as expressed in patience. Because God, in Christ, has demonstrated patience to us, we are called to show patience to one another and to those outside the church.