~ 1 Corinthians 13
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres. ~
The apostle Paul shares with the Corinthian church several descriptions of love. This is not an exhaustive list that one can format into a systematic process and find some sort of scholastic completion but more of demonstrations for one to practice.
The Corinthian church was besieged with cultural wickedness that crept into the philosophy of the church and took them away from fundamental practices of our faith. Paul distinguishes the meaning of love by using Agape Love as the overall theme. Charles Ryrie says that, “Agape love is more than mutual affection; it expresses unselfish esteem of the object loved. Christ love for us is the greatest example we are to follow of this love.
When I look at this and the surrounding text Paul is challenging believers to unify and not divide. Be selfless and not selfish. If you and I don’t rely on the power of God’s Spirit to have Agape love our interactions will become stale, our efforts won’t last, and we’ll run in vain. The demonstration of love is more powerful than the understanding of it; the former is a melody from heaven and the latter is a clanging symbol, deafening to the heart of the one who needs love.
O, taste and see that the Lord is good! In His presence and with His people.