"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. 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. 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.
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 13v1-7
We live in a world which is lacking in love. We see it everyday on the news and on our social media feeds. We encounter hatred within our schools, our places of work and in our politics. As followers of Christ though, we are able to talk about a new message. This message of love. What is love? It can be such an abstract idea. Is love a feeling that you cannot control, like when people say they fell in love with their partner at first sight? Is it chosen emotion?
Paul teaches us in 1 Corinthians 13 that love is not something, rather that love is someONE. Jesus, when he went to the cross, showed us that he is the perfect picture of love. Paul in his letter revealed to us that it was Jesus who showed that love always protects, always trusts, always hopes and always perseveres.
How then are we able to join Jesus in his love for the world? Is it through charity? Through serving others? Through going to church? Through miracles? As good as all those things are, one will always find themselves lacking and eventually hitting a wall where they can go no further on their own. The first place we must start is by realizing the love that God has for us. God’s outrageous love for us is shown to us perfectly by Jesus hanging on the cross. If we do not know we are loved first by Our Father, our love we give to others will always be lacking in some way. But as John tells us, we are able to truly love when we know that God truly loves us.
We love because he first loved us.
Go out and love others. Go out with the knowledge that you are loved by God the Father through His son Jesus Christ. Be filled with God’s love through The Holy Spirit.