TODAY’S SCRIPTURE 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
In 1984, the band Foreigner recorded one of the greatest songs of all time (#479 on the Rolling Stone list). The song asked one of the deepest questions of the heart for all of us: “I Wanna Know What Love Is.” Song writer Mick Jones said, “I’ll always remember them getting in a circle before we did it and everyone saying the Lord’s Prayer.” Isn’t it interesting the very Lord whose prayer preceded the recording of this song had already created, modeled, and defined what love is.
Many times we are left searching for and settling for less than this love defined in 1 Corinthians. The world’s faux-version of love is like cotton candy that looks so good but never fills you up. It looks like so much, but at the first drop of rain it begins to disappear right before your eyes. No one wants to settle for that kind of love when there is real love to be known.
Paul writes to a group of Christians who have misplaced their focus in the midst of great spiritual gifts. Paul reminds them that the greatest spiritual gift is in our imitation of God’s amazing love. As I read these words, I think about the mighty impact they would have if I lived out this perfect love as described by our Creator.
Do you want to know what love is? Look throughout God’s Word and find it. Look to the cross and experience its power. Look at this letter to Corinth to find the ingredients to an unfading and unfailing love. Have you ever wondered if what you are experiencing is love? Bring your relationship alongside these words and examine it. May we each seek to love like He has loved us.
Today, I will…seek to model this God-defined love. I will be patient and kind with people I encounter. I will seek not to envy, not to boast, or be rude. I will also allow others to have their way while not being irritable or resentful. I will love truth but not be caught rejoicing in the downfall of the fallen. Today I will bear, believe, hope, and endure all things. May His love be seen in me because this kind of love never fails.