Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
1st Corinthians 13:4
In 1st Corinthians 13:4 it says, Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud, written by the Apostle Paul. This is a familiar verse used in many marriage ceremonies. We have all heard it and perhaps used at our weddings. But there is a deeper story and purpose behind this phrase and 1stCorinthians, not written for just weddings, but a statement of our Christian attitude to each other.
Paul wrote this letter to the church that he helped found in Corinth. The letter is dated around 55AD, a few years after the church had started. Like many new things that arise, they got a little off track and Paul specifically wrote this letter to help them get back on course.
Some things got a little confused. We find this in one of Paul’s early statements, where he writes; Let there be no divisions in the church. Rather, be of one mind, united in thought and purpose. The reason Paul wrote this is that he had heard that some people were following a fellow named Apollo, others followed Paul or even Peter. A few did get it right that and said they followed Christ. This was causing quarreling in the church. Threatening the unity of the church in Corinth. Paul as usual wanted to nip things in the bud. He makes it clear that they follow only Christ, by saying; Is Christ divided?