By: Lisa Wilmore
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.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.
For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love (1 Corinthians 13 NIV).
My Dear Friends,
Paul expresses in the noted scriptures specific characteristics of love. In essence, he explains what love looks like when we actually witness it in action. In fact, many commentary writers and bible scholars have defined love as an action, not an emotion.
Have you witnessed love in action? If so, we can agree that it is a beautiful sight which expresses authentic (real) and unselfish service to others. Agape ( unconditional) love fosters patience and kindness which reveal individuals’ “some” understanding of God’s love.
As we walk in love as Christian believers, we must “not” boast (brag), show arrogance, act unbecomingly (rude), seek our own (self-seeking), become easily provoked (emotional outbursts), or take in account a wrong doing (keeping up with others’ evil deeds). Actually, we must take the opposite approach, so others will be able to witness love in action.
Jesus said that all people will know we are His disciples by the love that we have for one another (John 13:34 35).