It’s safe to say that more has been written about love than any other subject.
The amount of movies, books, poems, songs and seminars are innumerable. However, the most important thing ever written about love is found in First Corinthians chapter thirteen.
“Love endures with patience and serenity, love is kind and thoughtful, and is not jealous or envious; love does not brag and is not proud or arrogant. It is not rude; it’s not self-seeking, it is not provoked [nor overly sensitive and easily angered]; it does not take into account a wrong endured. It does not rejoice at injustice, but rejoices with the truth [when right and truth prevail]. Love bears all things [regardless of what comes], believes all things [looking for the best in each one], hopes all things [remaining steadfast during difficult times], endures all things [without weakening]. Love never fails [it never fades nor ends],” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Amplified Bible).
These verses teach us how God perfectly loves us and how we should love other people.
Sadly, we see so many people miss this standard in today’s world because their love is based on how they feel at the moment.
This is the difference between God’s love and man’s love. Man’s love is driven by emotions. It moves and expresses itself based on how it feels towards the person it loves. If it feels good, then it does good. If it feels apathetic, then it does bad. This kind of love is impulsive and conditional. This is why it is unable to endure through hard times and maintain hope in the face of adversity.
It’s not a learned characteristic. It’s not His second nature. God is love. His love doesn’t depend on how good or bad we are, or how good or bad we think we are. It is not provoked by our actions. When we ignore God’s love and do our own thing, He does not rejoice at our downfall. He picks us back up and reminds us that He loves us and who we really are because of His love. God made a decision that He was going to love us before He had created anything, and when God makes a decision He is unable to change His mind. This is why God’s love never fails, because it is not an emotion, it’s a decision.
This is how God loves us and how He calls us to love one another.
We need to make a decision to love each other the way God has loved us. We should allow these verses in First Corinthians chapter thirteen to be our standard. When we don’t know how to love somebody we simply need to open our Bible to these verses and let God’s Word show us the way. When we do this our love will succeed and show others how much God loves them. This how God loves people through us.