Avoiding Confusion

For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.
1 Corinthians 14:33

United States President Barack Obama quoted from 1 Corinthians 13 in his first inauguration address. At the funeral of Britain’s Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997, Prime Minister Tony Blair read 1 Corinthians 13.

This so-called “love chapter” of the Bible is an iconic piece of literature.

The apostle Paul wrote 1 Corinthians 13 to the church at Corinth because they were the opposite of a loving church!

They were divisive, boastful, immoral, suing each other, arguing over food, degrading the Lord’s Table, and competing over spiritual gifts. The church at Corinth fit the description given by James of people who follow after worldly wisdom: “Confusion and every evil thing are there” (James 3:16). So Paul wrote 1 Corinthians 13 to say that love is the most important part of the Christian life — and that God is the author of peace.

If there is confusion in any of your relationships, examine the kind of wisdom being applied — whether it is heavenly or worldly. Heavenly wisdom is pure, peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good works, impartial, and without hypocrisy (James 3:17).

The one who has wisdom in his head and heart does not need to shout at others.
Spiros Zodhiates

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