1 Corinthians 13-14
- 13:1-13 – Known as “the love chapter”, 1 Corinthians 13 is popular at weddings. It is actually helpful in all walks of life when thinking about what it means to love. If you want to know if you’re being loving or if someone is showing you love, place it up against these requirements.
- 14:5 – Speaking in tongues, unless it is interpreted for the body, is intended to be between that person and God.
- 14:16-17 – Speaking in ways others can understand is important in the larger body. Paul gives the example that it then allows someone to say “amen” in agreement with what you’ve said. They can only do that if they understood what was said.
- 14:18 – Paul says this to explain that he’s not jealous of the Corinthians for being able to speak in tongues, because he can too. Paul spends a good amount of time explaining the proper use of tongues. Clearly the Corinthians were using them incorrectly.
- 14:20 – A good contrast. Be young in your knowledge and experience of evil. Be wise and mature in your thought.
- 14:22- This simply means that tongues gain the attention of unbelievers while prophecy serves that purpose for believers.
- 14:26-33 – Paul is trying to teach the Corinthians how to appropriately use their gifts so they can build up the body instead of confuse it.