Ahh, you’ve all heard it. Whether it was at a wedding or in a cheesy chick-flick, you’ve heard someone quote the “Love Passage”. Four verses that describe the perfect love, the love you should have for your significant and the love you should have for – wait for it – God. However, sometimes we forget that this verse applies to that second relationship, which also happens to be the most important relationship anyone could ever have. Let’s be honest, if you’re reading this post with a bunch of tags regarding devotion and faith, you probably have said that you love God. But, do you demonstrate it regularly or do you just, kind of, say it?
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, 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. ” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
The love described in this ever popular passage is the perfect love, the love that takes place only when God wills it. It’s the kind of love that God has for you and that you should have for God. So let’s break down what he’s telling us about love.
Love is patient, love is kind. Take a moment and think. Are you always patient with God or do you sometimes want things to be done on your time and by your terms? And when you “run out of patience”, are you kind to God or do you get frustrated and angry with him?
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. Do you ever envy what God has given to your friend, neighbor or even your family? Maybe it’s not precious belongings, but instead relationships or callings. Do you ever boast about what God has presented to you throughout the plan he has for you? Finally, do you ever take pride in the fact that you’re a better Christian than someone else?
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Let’s be honest, our relationship with God should not dishonor others. However, are you in this relationship for God or are you in this relationship because you want something from it? Again, do you get mad when you don’t get that something? Furthermore, do you have a mental checklist of all the things that haven’t worked out in your life?
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. This might be the easiest passage to follow. If you love God, evil is not something you seek. In fact, you only rejoice in things you know God would want for you, right?
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. I’m not sure how we can protect God, other than ensuring no one brings blasphemy to his name. However, when things aren’t going your way, do you always continue to trust him and place your hope in him and what he has planned for you? Do you continuously persevere within your relationship with him and always follow what you know he would want you to do?
Now, after breaking down every sentence of that passage, I hope that you are sincerely a little unnerved by what this love is. You might be thinking that it would be utterly impossible for a human to love this perfectly, and you’re right. As mankind, we are incapable of loving someone else to this capacity.
However, find comfort in the fact that God loves you this much! He loves you this big! And he will continue to do so for eternity!