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.
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.
Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be cancelled.
When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.
We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!
But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.
Before I start, I’d like you to go visit this YouTube video and watch it. I’d embed it, but it’s been disabled. But please, go watch it, I’m not going anywhere, and this post will make a lot more sense once you do.
You’re back? Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin.
I recently headed over to my fiancée’s place when she was having a rough day, and I put this movie on – partly because it’s the only “chick flick” that I don’t mind watching, and partly because I thought it would be good to watch. Since then, this intro has stayed with me. Yes, Love is all around, if you look for it. But even more incredible is that God’s love is all around us.
This was demonstrated to me just recently, with the exciting news that a close friend had just been offered a job. Exciting news yes, but the more exciting news was that she had prayed about it that morning, and God had delivered. A small shower of God’s grace, to know that he is looking after her.
This passage of scripture, I’m sure you know well. It is probably THE most common bible reading at weddings, but I know it well, as it was my school’s reading when I was in years 8-10. And while yes, it is a wonderful description of what Love is/should be between humans, it is also a wonderful description of what God’s love for us is.
God’s love is patient, God’s 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. God’s Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. God’s Love never fails.
So today, try and find spots where you can see God’s Love in action in your life, and the lives of those around you.