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Imperfect versus Perfect

Friends may fail us—lovers may fail us—but love itself never fails. But then the eternal “God is love” (1 John 4:8). In keeping with the…

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Love endures all

Love endures through every circumstance (1 Cor 13:7). Love reaps, not only because it sows, but also because it faints not. Love sows even in…

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Love never looses faith

Love never loses faith (1 Cor 13:7). In relation to God, that means we take God at his word; in relation to man, it means…

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Love never gives up

Love never gives up (στέγω/stegō, 1 Cor 13:7). If we take stegō to mean bear, stand, or endure, we would follow the NLT. This would…

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Love rejoices over truth not injustice

Love doesn’t rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out (1 Cor 13:5). It has no taste for the bitter, hateful, vengeful, or…

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Love doesn’t tally up wrongs

Love keeps no record of being wronged (1 Cor 13:5). This expression might include the idea of failing even to take notice of being wronged….

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Love isn’t irritable

Love isn’t irritable (παροξύνω/paroxunō, 1 Cor 13:5). Another way of putting it is that love doesn’t fly off the handle. Notice that this doesn’t say…

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Love doesn’t demand its own way

Love doesn’t demand its own way; it isn’t self-seeking and doesn’t demand self-fulfillment (1 Cor 13:5). Thiselton notes that love can even give up its…

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Love isn’t rude

Love isn’t rude (ἀρχεμονέω/archēmoneō, 1 Cor 13:5), it won’t behave disgracefully, dishonorably, or indecently toward another. The Septuagint uses the same Greek term for shaming…

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Love isn’t proud

Love isn’t… proud (φυσιόω/physioō, 1 Cor 13:4). It won’t maintain an exaggerated self-perception. This term uses the metaphor of inflation to warn against taking on…

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