Love is a subject considered on this blog a time or two previously. I Corinthians 13, the passage that usually comes to mind when we think of love in the context of Holy Scripture, has also been mentioned on this blog a time or two previously. But have we all thought deeply about what Paul says love is in I Corinthians 13?
In the first part of I Corinthians 13 (NIV), Paul writes that he is nothing without love. Even if he could speak in tongues, prophesy, untangle mysteries, figure out all knowledge, possess mountain-moving faith, and do just about anything else. Then he writes about what love is, is not, does, does not, and more.
We’ve heard or read this many times, perhaps too many times so that it goes in one ear and out the other. We may think of love as a feeling. Paul says it’s something we do or don’t. It’s something we incorporate as a way of life. Try to listen to it or read it anew — or, at least, listen to it or read it until we are able to do it, because it’s not easy to do.
Love does not:
Delight in evil.
Love is not:
Keeps no record of wrongs.
Rejoices with the truth.
Think about each thing that love is or is not; does or does not; etc. Think again and again and again.
Then apply each thing to a relationship with a spouse, parent, child, brother, sister, friend, anyone.
Living love is somewhat daunting.
Love is one of the great principles of Christianity. The greatest?
What if our love incorporated all the things listed in I Corinthians 13?
What a different person each of us would be! What a different church we would have! What a different world it would be!