Love “seeketh not her own.” (1 Corinthians 13:5/KJV). Today I want to refer to another verse in the Corinthian epistle where the same Greek word for “own” is used. This is going to help me further explain a biblical Christian concept of love.
“What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” (1 Corinthians 6:19/KJV).
God has created the whole world and all humankind. Therefore in a general sense we all belong to God. Yet for Christian believers there is another aspect of how they belong to God.
“…your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost…” One of the most blessed truths of the bible is that God bestows his own Spirit to those who believe in him and receive forgiveness of their sins.
We don’t need to struggle on our own. We don’t need to depend on our religious efforts.
Jesus has paid a price so that we can be forgiven. Jesus has laid down His own life so that we might receive new life from God.
“…ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” (1 Peter 1:18+19/KJV).
Jesus has paid a price in order to save us. This is why whoever trustingly gives his life to Jesus henceforth does belong to him. Accordingly we are told in 1 Corinthians 6:20: “For ye are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (KJV).
A believer does receive God’s forgiveness freely. This opens up a whole new world. A new relationship with God is made possible.
Furthermore God does give of his own spirit to all those who trust in Jesus. Thus a believer receives a new spirit and a new mind.
God himself wants to dwell in the body of a believer through his Holy Spirit. Paul teaches that the body of a believer is made to be a temple for the Spirit of God.
As we keep all this in mind we realise that the exhortation is quite sensible. God is so much greater than us and he is holy. Yet he is prepared to dwell within our bodies. Therefore a Christian ought to be careful as to how he lives. In 1 Corinthians 6 the apostle particularly is referring to Christian ethics concerning sex.
Love “does not seek her own.” – As a believer in Christ your body is not your own anymore. It has become a temple for the Spirit of God.
A Christian is not to primarily focus on selfish gain. A Christian must learn to consider the things of God.
If you read all my posts on “self-seeking” and love you will gain a fuller and more balanced understanding of this subject. Why not check out the subcategory “1 Corinthians 13:5 – self-seeking”?
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