1 Corinthians 13

Whom do you love?

1 Corinthians 13

Today’s reading is one of the most well known in the whole of the Bible. It includes a passage which is often used in marriage services. It is all about love – this wonderful pair of experiences which we can share – to love someone and to be loved by someone. There are many different loving relationships which we can share – between couples, between parents & children, between brothers & sisters, between close friends, and of course between God & us. God teaches us that there is also Christian love and with this he wants us to love one another, to love our neighbour, to love everyone – even our enemies. In fact, he tells us, all of the rules and regulations of living a good life can all be boiled down to two – love God and love one another. In other words, if everything we say, think & do is motivated by love then it will be good! Moreover Paul explains to the Corinthians (and us) that anything not motivated by love is meaningless:-

  • If we could speak every language on Earth but didn’t love others then we’d just be a source of noise!
  • If we could prophesy and know everything there is to know and have faith to move mountains but didn’t love others then we’d be nothing!
  • If we gave away all that we owned and even our lives but didn’t love others then we’d gain nothing!

So what is love – well the passage says it all:-

Love is kind and patient, never jealous, boastful, proud, or rude. Love isn’t selfish or quick tempered. It doesn’t keep a record of wrongs that others do. Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil. Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting. Love never fails!

There are three awesome gifts we can share in life – faith, hope, and love. But of these three, the greatest is love.

Dear Lord, we thank you for the precious gift of love – which makes our lives worthwhile. We thank you that you love us – help us to love each other.

Amen

Over the next few days, practise loving others, especially those who seem most unloveable. Let your love for others guide how you treat them.

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