I Corinthians 12:31
“But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.”

Corinth was a city on the Isthmus of Corinth, a long stretch of land that joins the peninsula of Peloponnese to the mainland of Greece. The most notable and hot item in ancient Corinth, around the time of the Apostle Paul, was the temple of Aphrodite. Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, stood above Acrocorinth, a mountain behind the city. It was below this temple that Paul preached to the Corinthians.

Nowhere did reason and superstition live in such close proximity as in Greece, and nowhere in Greece was there more promiscuous and immoral behavior than in Corinth.  For two years Paul preaches about the debauchery of Corinth. The Corinthians had their idea of love all mixed up and askew. There were all kinds of wrong relationships and situations that Paul had to preach about. It was in his first letter to the Corinthians that he teaches them about what real love is.

Even if we have been raised in the Message or in a God-fearing home, we can still have some ideas about what real love is askew in our own minds. It may not be as bad as the Corinthians, but we can still have a few things out of whack. Genuine love, as described in I Corinthians 13, is something that God gives to the Believer. When there is this kind of love dwelling in the heart of a Christian, it casts out all fear.

Don’t fear, but love. Remember not to get your idea of love from the world, but from God Himself, for God is love.

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Now, love one another. Above everything that you do, love one another. And as you love one another, you’ll love God. See? You love each other and you’ll love God. For God is love. And a man that walks in love, walks in life. And perfect love casteth out all fear. Then if you can take Him at His Word, and not fear a bit about it. Say, “Lord, I love You; I know You’re going to answer because You promised me You would, and I just know You’re going to do it.” See? And it takes away all fear.

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