Updated: Feb 15
1 Corinthians 13:1-3:
“If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t 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 plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing. If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.”
I am a person who likes to be right. To show love, I often correct people. Receiving critique and wise advice IS receiving love for me. Sometimes I forget that other people understand love differently. Then I wondered why love would even have different definitions for different people. If God is love, and God is unchanging, then wouldn’t love to have the same characteristic?
1 Corinthians 13:4-7:
“Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head, Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end.”
The phrase “puts up with anything” really convicted me. Other translations say “bears all things”, “always protects”, “puts up with all things”, you get the idea. Love will never lead to desertion. Love is the connection that is never severed.
Then I began to think about the relationships in my life that have been cut off. There are many. Working on reconnecting has been my goal for the past few months. It’s been difficult. The realization of how much I hurt people didn’t come until I tried talking to them again. Picking up the pieces is a slow, steady process. But love is patient, not forceful.
1 Corinthians 13 is a chapter many Christians (including myself) like to forget about. It’s easier to condemn than to empathize. We like to focus on future goals, rather than present reality. There are many songs about flying up to heaven one day, but I think God wants to bring heaven down to Earth. Jesus is the perfect example. Salvation was made possible because God came down to Earth. He is in the process of restoration, not demolition. It begins with little efforts: when we forgive, when we empathize, when we walk alongside others. Heaven isn’t in our visions or prophecies or ministry growth. Heaven is when we care for one another.
-This post was originally from the author's personal blog-https://strengthmadeperfectinweaknessblog.wordpress.com