April 8, 2018: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for 1 Corinthians 13-14

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Commentary:  This very familiar passage on love, describes God’s love for us.  It is also the love we should have for others.  Spiritual gifts are to be utilized through and with love.  Paul further describes the gifts of prophecy and speaking in tongues.  The gift of tongues is for the believers, while prophecy is for unbelievers.  No, this does not mean that unbelievers can prophesize.  An unbeliever would not understand (literally and figuratively) someone speaking in tongues.  They would likely think the church and/or person is insane.  However, they would be able to recognize the gift of prophecy.  The Corinthians were not to let these gifts overwhelm the church.  Paul's comments on women can be surprising when compared to previous comments.  Paul is not contradicting his earlier comment about allowing women to speak in tongues or prophesize, rather he was again emphasizing the importance of respect for their husbands.

Focus Verses:  13:11 How have you changed since you were a child?  What do you no longer do?  We never stop changing.  What changes may yet occur for you in the future?  What do you want to change?