1 Corinthians 12-14
Not surprisingly, the entire chapter 13 stood out to me as I was reading today. I don’t even think it needs commentary. I just needs to be read and applied.
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13, ESV)
1 Corinthians 15 – 2 Corinthians 1
Paul’s introduction to 2 Corinthians highlights an amazing and important truth about God.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (2 Corinthians 1:3–4, ESV)
So many times people ask the question: “Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?”
Personally, I do not believe that there are any good people, so the question is flawed from the premise. But still, it is a question that burns in the minds and hearts of skeptics, critics, and believers alike. But perhaps there is a better question. Rather than asking, “Why does God allow bad things to happen?”, perhaps we should be asking, “How does God want to redeem this bad thing that happened in my life?”
He does! He is the Great Redeemer! He comforts us through those hard times, those times of affliction. And He redeems those times of affliction in our lives! He gives us grace to walk through bad situations, and He gives us the grace to comfort others who walk through similar situations. Nothing is lost or wasted with God!