Originally Published 2014-04-11
Love, love, love - it’s all about love - so that’s what we’re going to examine. We find in scripture that love is very important.
Matthew 22:35-40 (NASB)
Jesus tells us exactly what to do. Our greatest commands, direct from Jesus' mouth, are to love God with every fiber of our being, and secondly, to love people as much as we love ourselves. These two things really do sum up all the law. You won't put other things before God as false idols, if you love him above all.
You won't steal from someone, if you love the people as much as you love yourself, because you will want them to have their own stuff.
Well that’s well and good, for Jesus to tell us we need to do these things, but if I'm being honest, I must confess that knowing what to do and fully grasping and executing on the "how to do it" is an issue for me. I struggle, at times, with knowing what that looks like and how it plays out. Am I alone, or do any of you not get it?
Well as luck - or more accurately, divine providence - would have it, God knew we might need help, so he inspired Paul to write 1 Corinthians 13. Below, you will find the passage in two different translations. I encourage you to read it in many more translations as well, to really get a handle on the words being used.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8a
This is the "how to manual" on love. Love is …
Work through all fourteen of these things with examples of how they play out with God and with others. To help, I will get you started with the first one.
I love God when I patiently allow him to carve away the bad in my life without my complaining. I love others when I patiently deal with people who totally stress me out and choose not to go ballistic on them.
And now, you can run with the others.
All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted.