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. I Corinthians 13:4-8
February always brings our thoughts back to love! Valentine’s day splits the month with hearts, flowers, candy and cards in the hopes that cupid will ignite the passion of love in our sweethearts. But our culture is very confused about love because we don’t understand the multi-faceted characteristics of love as given to us in I Corinthians 13.
Here 16 different aspects of love are exposed. Each and explanation of the love God has for us and the love He expects us to exhibit to others. Probably the best way to illustrate this is with the common atom. Atoms are the building blocks of all matter. Their positive and negative forces form small solar systems of stability that hold everything we know together. If we were to put LOVE as the nucleus of this “atom” and the 16 characteristics of love as the rotating electrons it might look something like this:
You see God’s love and love in general is not 1 dimensional. We tend to see love as JUST romantic love and not see that love is also patient, and kind and not self-centered etc. As a result we spend our energies exhausting ourselves to find the perfect “soul mate” and not developing the character of loving. We study and put into practice all the aspects of Love as mentioned in I Corinthians 13 we begin to broaden our scope to a love that perseveres , hopes and doesn’t fail. At the root of Biblical love is action and commitment. Until we get this settled we will never sense the deep abiding love we all crave so much.
I think it is also noteworthy that the Bible says that “God is Love!!” I John 4:8,16. As we study God’s abiding love to us, and examine the love that Christ exhibited to us, we begin to see a love transcending the shallowness of cupid to an eternal care that takes an entire lifetime to appreciate. Christ’s love is atomic , the foundation and cornerstone of our faith; the anchor of our devotion. Let us this month as we celebrate love the depth of His love and devote ourselves to reflect Christ’s love to others (even our sweethearts) as He has loved us.
Now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. I Corinthians 13:13