1 Corinthians 13:4-8
“4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails …”
Love is one of the signs of genuine conversion. Being born again is to die to self and be alive to the Spirit. Jesus loved us even while we are yet sinners. He loved us to the shedding of His blood to redeem us from the curse of the law. Despite the agony of the cross, Jesus prayed for those that crucified him saying;“father forgive them for they know not what they were doing” He loved us not because we loved him first or had done anything in particular for him. His love is not sectional, non denominational but He loved all unconditionally!
The world is desperate for love, but sadly misunderstands the meaning of the word. To find the true meaning of love, we must go to the Word of God; for God is love. Jesus came to help us “see” the love of God. One definition of love is totally giving of yourself to meet the needs of others without expecting anything in return An illustration from the life of Jesus can be found in John 13—the story of Jesus washing the feet of His disciples—a beautiful picture of his selfless, humble service to meet another’s need.
Jesus loved the world and died for the world to redeem it from the cause of the law. Whosoever believed in him shall not perished but have everlasting life. The Bible says in John 1:12 that “12But as many as received him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name”. Sin separated man from God in Eden but His selflessness on the cross reconciled man with God. As Christians (those that are born again), Jesus is our example and we should aim at being like him.
Any love that is based on sectionalism, racism, denominationalism, “only for my church members,” etc is not from Him. If we find it difficult to love unconditionally or sacrificially, we should examine our confession of Christ. If we find it difficult to forgive, we should re-examine our lives. I remember speaking with someone who says she is a Christian but find it difficult to forgive! But bible says in Leviticus 19:18: “You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD”. Mustard tree cannot produce breadfruits, and so also will mangoes tree produces not cashew; each three produces according to its kind. As it is written in 1 John 4:7-8 “7Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. 8He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”
If we love our neighbor, we would not do anything to hurt them. If we love God, we would be careful to obey His commandments and if we love ourselves, we would avoid things that can prevent us from making heaven. In our text, we saw what love does; if we lack any of the dos or exhibit any of the don’ts, let us ask God in prayer to help us out.
Our father and our God, we thank you for today. Help us to love unconditionally in Jesus Name, Amen.
1 Corinthian 13