“What is Love?” The age old question that many movies have tried to answer.
1 Corinthians 12:31b- 13:13
And yet I will show you the most excellent way.
13 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 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 do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8 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. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 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 the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a 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.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
I look at this passage and the words are beautiful and poetic. Love sounds so … perfect! However, it also reminds me how “un-loving” I am. I am not always patient. I definitely struggle with pride and can be easily angered. “Love never fails”, but I do. This is a picture of love that I just can’t meet.
This passage is meant to teach us what love is. It is one of the most read at weddings and often quoted in romantic relationships. But there is something deeper here. There IS a perfect picture of love that we are meant to be looking at, Jesus. Jesus is Love. This passage is one talking about Jesus.
Read the passage again, but replace the word “Love” with “Jesus” it takes on a whole new meaning. It is reading the words in this way that I am reminded that I am not perfect, but it is the love of Jesus that replaces my sinful heart with a perfect one through his spirit.
Head: Read the passage again, replacing the word “Love” with “Jesus”?
Heart: What changes for you when you read the passage again in this new light?
Hands: How can you love like Jesus did, with such sacrifice?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I know that I am imperfect and sinful. I am sorry for the times when I do not show patience, kindness and humility. Thank you for sending Jesus, the perfect example of sacrificial love, to take the punishment I deserve. Help me to become more like Jesus and show the love described in this passage to those around me. Amen
A song to listen to: Love Changes Everything