Paul tells the Corinthian Christians what love looks like. He does it in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, in the Bible’s famous Love Chapter, which is often read at weddings. Which one-liner do you think would resonate best with most people?
It depends a lot on what people are going through at the moment.
- If someone is out of a job and running out of options, one contender might be that love “Never runs out of hope. Never gives up.” (13:7).
- If someone is a parent with small kids, this might work: love “looks like patience and kindness” (13:4).
- If someone is having trouble forgiving another person, this might give them something to think about: love “doesn’t keep a file on everything you’ve ever done wrong” (13:5).
Here’s the full set of verses to draw from:
“In case you don’t know what love looks like, it looks like patience and kindness. It doesn’t look a thing like jealousy. Or bragging. It’s not snooty with pride.
It’s not rude, either. It’s certainly not a control freak. It doesn’t rub you raw with constant irritation. And it doesn’t keep a file on everything you’ve ever done wrong.
Love doesn’t yell Hallelujah when the bad guys win. But it’ll sing Hallelujah when it hears the truth.
Love has a heart big enough to put up with everything.
Love never runs out of faith.
Never runs out of hope.
Never gives up.
Love never ends.
Prophecies come and go.
Words fade to silence.
Knowledge is forgotten.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Casual English Bible
Reprinted from the Leader’s Guide & Atlas for 1,2 Corinthians