God IS love. God IS infinite.
1 Corinthians Ch. 13 tells us what love is. What love does. That love is the greatest.
Love is patient. Infinitely patient.
Love is kind. Infinitely kind.
Love keeps no record of wrong.
Just like we can hardly begin to comprehend just how insanely much God loves us, we can hardly begin to comprehend just how patient and kind and forgiving and strong LOVE is. Faith, hope, and love will last forever. But love is the greatest.
We either say we know what love is and what love does and only accept that;
or we say we can’t truly grasp the concept of love cause we’re too stupid so we go making crazy characteristics for love because it’s God, so it has to be something we’ll never understand, right??
We could always just study 1 Corinthians 13 and say that THAT’S love. It’s only the bible right? Sure, God is mysterious in his ways. We can’t know all there is to know about love. True. We can’t understand each and every aspect to the ends of it’s depth. But I’m pretty sure we could learn a lot about it. I’m pretty sure if we tested out acting how that passage says love acts, we’d learn some stuff about love. If we unconditionally loved people and let them love us, we could learn a lot from each other.
We’re all so “You’re wrong about this, it’s really this way.” Then, “No but really Jesus isn’t like that. You don’t understand this at all.” We’re labeling and coming up with nicknames for doctrine we don’t agree with. And yeah, there is bad doctrine out there. There are disagreements about translations and what’s really going on. I’m not saying we should all passively agree with everything and everyone. No. I don’t do that.
But maybe before we claim to have all our doctrine lined up nice and neat, we should have our 1 Corinthians 13 a bit more down.
2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.
“Well see we don’t really understand what love is. Love is really like this–”
Wait. Before you go any further. I have a few points.
-Love is patient.
-Love is kind.
-Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude.
-Love does not DEMAND IT’S OWN WAY.
-Love is not irritable and keeps NO RECORD OF BEING WRONGED. (Kinda drastic right? No record? At all?)
-Love does not rejoice in injustice but rejoices when truth wins out.
-Love NEVER gives up. NEVER loses faith.
-Love is ALWAYS hopeful and endures through EVERY circumstance.
So we don’t know what love is huh? I guess Paul didn’t know either. He was just being idealistic. Throwin’ ideas off the wall.
Trust me, I don’t have this down anymore than you do. I haven’t really studied this chapter crazy in depth. I’m not even saying these words have any legitimate points. Except for the words in 1 Corinthians 13.
I remember times before I thought, “Well this chapter is so basic. Baby Christian stuff.”
And it’s funny. Cause maybe it is beginner level stuff. Soooo what??? I’ve been a Christian too long to pay attention to this passage? Ha! Maybe it’s just me, but I believe this is a core chapter of our faith. Love is why God sent Jesus down here! Love is why Jesus got on that cross! Love is why we’re saved and the veil was torn and we can live in joy, free from condemnation! Love beat death. Love created the earth, created you. Created me.
This generation is full of young men and women who don’t know what love is. And here we have “Lovers of God” telling gays that they’re worse than anything. Ever. We take grace and mercy for ourselves because we’re “redeemed.” But the prostitutes, the homosexuals, the Christians believing wrong doctrine; why should they get the same treatment? After all, love being something supposedly selfless, would never give the undeserving something so good, so beautiful. Right?
Us believers. We’re the “Family of God” right?
Family is loving what seems unlovable. Loving when it’s hard. When it doesn’t seem to work. No matter what, at the end of the day, I love my family. I support them. I’m there for them. They’re there for me. But someone who’s different? Who doesn’t have it all together? Maybe believes some different “truths”. They can’t be welcomed in until they conform and repent and admit what idiots they are and how wrong they were?
That’s exactly how I pictured love. Opposite of everything 1 Corinthians 13 said love is. (NOTE*** I PROBABLY SHOULDN’T USE SARCASM IN TEXT BUT I ALSO SHOULDN’T EAT THINGS THAT TASTE GOOD…BACK TO BUSINESS**)
I’m not a pastor. I’m not a preacher. I’m not a speaker. I don’t have degrees at bible school. I haven’t written books and books on anything scriptural.
I’m just a guy. A guy who’s seen how powerful love is. A weird, goofball, dork who was saved by love. Who’s witnessed love transform people. If it wasn’t for love and people who loved me no matter what I was going through, no matter what I struggled with…I probably wouldn’t be here. I’d have given up. Anti-depressants didn’t save me. Therapy didn’t save me. Not that treatment didn’t have it’s place. But what saved me from hopelessness? From the dark of depression?
Some of this rant is probably naive ideals or maybe I miss-communicated a point. Maybe none of this made any sense at all. Maybe this will only cause you to have more intelligent conversations about love and make more profound thoughts than I offered up. And maybe I even said something totally off. I’m ok with that. As long as you understand this one point.
My heart is simply that we would love and love well. I’m not out to point fingers or say I’ve figured this out. I’m still learning how to love more fully and growing in love. I always will be.
I simply want to impact people. I want to be God’s love to everyone around me. My friends. My family. Co-workers. Strangers who I only share a glance with walking by. I don’t have to shove corrections and judgement down their throats to do that. I don’t want to push people away for their faults. Who am I to do that? I’ve made so many friggin’ mistakes. Love didn’t condemn me or keep record of it to smash me over the head with. Why would it be ok for me to do that to someone else? People say this all the time and it’s true. Jesus hung out with sinners. All of ’em. He loved them. And if they received it that love took them right to who they were made to be. If they didn’t receive it, he loved them anyways!
Love transforms. Love saves. Love heals. Don’t quote me on this or take it as the Gospel…but I bet if all we did was live out of 1 Corinthians 13 for oh I don’t know…our whole lives…we’d be okay. Now there’s sooooo much more good stuff in there, but really. That chapter is so vital. At least to me. And I don’t think I want to live life with a beginner’s knowledge of that chapter. I think I want to love the way God is. You know we were made in His image? We were made in the image of love. You think you aren’t capable of loving like that? Think again.
If you read this entireeeee thing… I love you…
No, but seriously. I do.