Last Fall I taught a course on Galatians, so at home we read through Galatians 5:13-26 regularly. This Spring I’m teaching 1 Corinthians, so we’ve read chapter 13 repeatedly over the last four months.
I must confess (and I’m sure I’m the only one like this) that I tend to think first about how others in my family need to change in order to heed Paul’s exhortations (it’s so obvious how they need to repent!).
But 1 Corinthians 13 has really worked me over, exposing corrupted motivations, attitudes, small habits of selfishness, and speech patterns in need of transformation.
It’s such a brilliantly lovely articulation of the grittiness of love and how it’s embodied in the mundane realities of everyday relationships.
I put the chapter into a document in four translations and have it in my office to read through regularly. I’ve also been taking notes on some practical ways Paul’s description needs to find its way into my relationships with others in my family.
It’s been a fruitful exercise.
If you’d like it, here’s the document.