The beautiful description of love in 1 Corinthians 13 fills our hearts with awe at such an awesome God. English has only one word for love, but Greek has several different words for love. In this passage love is agape. It does not refer to eros which defines an intense physical desire, or philos which describes a more brotherly love. It describes the very essence of God’s nature; His caring, forgiving and redeeming love. It’s an unconditional love that God has for all His children.
It’s a love that reaches out to everyone; a love that forgives and gives grace and mercy; a love that brings new beginnings and assured endings. It’s a love that sacrifices itself for others. It’s a love that accepts us where we are but loves us too much to leave us there. It transforms us and causes us to reach for the abundant life. What is most amazing in this passage is that all things are attached to this one thing: love.
Let us never allow one thing to take away all things. This one thing helps us bear all things, believe all things, hope all things and endure all things. This love never fails but always succeeds in every deed, from glory to glory!
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.