1 Corinthians 13



1 Corinthians 13 underscores the indispensable role of love in the Christian life. Love is presented as the supreme virtue that gives meaning to spiritual gifts and actions. The chapter encourages believers to embody the qualities of love and highlights its eternal significance.


  1. Supremacy of Love (1 Corinthians 13:1-3): Paul begins by emphasizing the indispensable role of love, stating that even the most extraordinary spiritual gifts, eloquent speech, and sacrificial acts are meaningless without love. Love is the foundation that gives value and significance to all other actions.
  2. Attributes of Love (1 Corinthians 13:4-7): Paul describes the characteristics of love: patience, kindness, absence of envy, humility, courtesy, unselfishness, calmness, forgiveness, and rejoicing in truth. Love bears, believes, hopes, and endures all things. It is presented as a selfless and enduring force.
  3. Permanence of Love (1 Corinthians 13:8-13): Paul contrasts the temporary nature of spiritual gifts with the enduring nature of love. Prophecies, tongues, and knowledge will cease, but love will remain. He highlights the partial understanding we currently have compared to the complete knowledge that will come. Ultimately, faith, hope, and love abide, with love being the greatest.