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Advent Reflection: 1 Corinthians 13

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Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

I think I've read, studied, preached, and memorizedthis scripture more than any other because of weddings, premarital counseling and preaching. Its original intent was not really meant to be a "wedding passage" in a similar way that Psalm 23 (The Lord is my shepherd...) was not meant to be a "memorial service passage."

It's a passage about love demonstrated within a church that was competitive, argumentative, arrogant, and struggling to distinguish Christian love from any other kind of love being talked about or experienced in first century Corinth. In chapter 12 Paul writes to the church about spiritual gifts and the conce…