If I can speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy, but I don’t have love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate. If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything as plain as day and if I say to a mountain, “jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love: I’m nothing. If I give all I own to the poor or if I even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t have love, I’ve gotten nowhere.
So, no matter what we say, no matter what we believe, no matter what we do, We’re bankrupt without love.
The only temptations that you have are the same temptations that all people have. But you can trust God. He will not let you be tempted more than you can bear. But when you are tempted, God will also give you a way to escape that temptation. Then you will be able to endure it.
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly;
it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,
does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;
bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never fails…But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7,13
Love is patient, True love is unconditional, that is, it does not depend on the attributes or lack thereof of the person loved, therefore, it is willing to give as much time necessary, and as much space as necessary for that person to grow.
love is kind and is not jealous; Love seeks to give others something of benefit for their welfare, and consequently, rejoices when they do benefit.
love does not brag and is not arrogant, To lift one’s self up in reference to others leaves no room for unconditional, graceful love.
does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, To act inappropriately, shamefully (morally, especially in the area of sexual purity) is not in accordance with true love. Love never seeks it’s own gratificaiton but rather the interests of others.
is not provoked, Selfishness seeks to manipulate others by stimulating certain selfish emotions. Love will not do this to others, nor will it let it happen to itself.
does not take into account a wrong suffered, Forgivenss. Let it go. Bitterness is the acid. You are the container. Get rid of it or it will kill you.
does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; Love does not somehow gloss over things that are going to be hurtful. True love originates from the truth.
bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. If love really is unconditional, it will hold any weight, face any doubt, persist through hopelessness, and last any trial
Love never fails… If it did, would it be love?
But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love. Someday, faith will not be needed, for we will see God. Hope will not be needed, for when everything is fulfilled, there is no need for hope. But love, yes, to it there will be no end. If it did, it wouldn’t be love.
No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
Tonight I received a text on my way home from work. It was simple. It only said three words. I love you. Now this person who sent it someone and I had not spoken with each other in about a month and our conversations where tense at best due to some life choices I don’t agree with. However, without any hesitation I replied I “I love you more.”
I have never been “in love.” Yet, there are a few people that I love desperately. My heart aches for them. I want with all that I am to make sure they are happy, well, and taken care of. 1 Corinthians 13 is often called the love chapter because it describes what love is. I imagine that up until this point ancient people had no real understanding of this thing they felt or what it was called. Or what it meant God was saying to them.
love is patent- I will wait for you to see who I am and how much I care for you.
love is kind-I will do what is best for you even though it may be hard for me.
it does not envy- I am happy for you even when it hurts me
it does not boast- I know what is best but I won’t tell you I told you so.
it is not proud- I know I am a right but I care more to have you in my life then to have my pride.
It does not dishonor others- I know your secrets but that will stay secrets.
it is not self-seeking- Your needs before mine even if it means giving up my Son.
it is not easily angered- you hurt me but I won’t hold it against you.
it keeps no record of wrongs- I know the sins you committee are great but I chose not to see them.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
When I think about these verses as God speaking about our relationship it amazes me. I do so many wrong things. I actively chose sin over God yet, He chooses not to see my shame. If my love for my friend is only a small bit of God’s love for me who am I to do anything but worship him.