Sunday, March 27, 2022

What Love Does Not Do (I Corinthians 13:4-6)

By Brian Mitchell


    “Placing the hands of his watch on the counter, a man asked, can this be repaired?  Well, the jeweler asked, where is the rest of the watch? The man replied by saying, the rest of the watch is fine; it is the hands that don’t work. No, no, replied the jeweler, it is not the hands; it is what is on the inside that needs fixing.”

    If we are not careful it is easy for our lives to become just like that watch. Even though we may only be able to see the outward signs of the problem, in reality what really needs to be fixed is on the inside.  When Simon the Sorcerer desired to purchase the gift of laying on hands in (Acts 8), he was rebuked by Peter who rightly understood that the real root of his sin was the fact that “his heart was not right in the sight of God” (Acts 8:21).

    Although sin many times manifests itself with visible outward signs of disobedience to God, the real problem is not just in the sinful actions; but in the root cause of the actions themselves. It is here that there is usually a problem with one’s heart—Mt.15:16-19. So, before we can change our sinful actions, we must change what is in the heart or in the mind. 

    If we are to truly grow as a loving Christian, we need to examine what Paul has to say about love in 1 Corinthians 13. There we will see a list of both negatives and positives emerge in (vs.4-6). What these verses will show us is what one whose heart is full of love refuses to do and what they will do. As we first consider Paul’s exhortations in vs.4-6, these verses lead us to think about what is on the inside and teach us about the “Heart of a 1 Corinthians 13 Christian.” The Heart of a 1 Corinthians 13 Christian is a heart full of kindness, humility, sacrifice, forgiveness and integrity. 

    The Heart of a 1 Corinthians 13 Christian is a beautiful thing indeed. The human heart is an involuntary muscle, that is it does its work without any help from human thought. However, our spiritual hearts are much different in that they must be given constant attention. “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life” (Prov.4:23).  So, I guess the question for you is, Do you have the Heart of a 1 Corinthians Christian?
- Brian Mitchell serves as a minister with the Jackson Church of Christ in Jackson, MO. He may be contacted through the congregation's website at

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