So many marriage ceremonies include a reading of this text. But that’s about the only time, other than in church, do we hear this scripture referenced. All of our relationships are based on this example of love – not just romantic relationships. Every relationship should reflect this type of love.
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
God is love. The love Paul describes is the love that God has for His children. This isn’t human romantic love. This love is better. it is total, complete, and whole. It encapsulates all the best that love is meant to be – and what we have ready for us from God.
How many of your relationships reflect this kind of love? How about your wife? How about your brother-in-law. Maybe a little bit more difficult – your mother-in-law? Sally in accounting? The neighbor with the barking dog? The driver yapping on their phone and blocking you in the passing lane?
And therein is the challenge! Not only is the totality of love difficult to exemplify, but it is to apply to all of our actions, words, and even our thoughts – towards everyone we encounter.
Father, when we feel the challenge before us, our incomplete and broken love towards others, especially those we don’t want to love, we sense it is impossible. And we confess it is. I cannot love others the way you do. Thank you, Father! Thank you for reminding for that I cannot, but that you can, through me. Help me, Father, to daily surrender my self to you. Help me to acknowledge that I am completely dependent on You. And only as I am surrendered and dependent on You to change me am I capable of living and loving as you expect me to. Father, thank you for your love. Amen.