1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Amplified Bible
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.
What is love? Baby don’t hurt me. Don’t hurt me no more. Wait! That’s not where this post is going. People really don’t understand what love is. We’ve all heard people say things like I will love you if _____________(fill in the blank). I will love you if you stop doing _________________. Or, you don’t really love me because if you did, you wouldn’t do ____________. Or, if you loved me, would or would not do _______________. Or, you say you love me? Prove it.
You see, these few verses up above paint an entirely different picture of what love really is. As humans, we can never live up to that expectation of what love is because we are just that, human. We look at love as this thing we can just throw around. It is a word that not many of us take seriously. We say we love inanimate objects. We say we love our spouses, but we also love chocolate ice cream. But really, what is love?
Jesus taught us that perfect love casts out fear. He also taught us that if we know God, we love God for God is love.
God is love. What a concept. It’s not so much that God loves us, but that God is love. It is His nature. It is in His DNA just as much as it is in my DNA to have more hair on my face than on my head.
My point is that God loves you more than you can ever hope to understand. His love for you is so deep vast that He even says He knew you before you were even born. He knew and loved you even before all of the bad things in your life happened. He even loves you when you make stupid mistakes and when you grieve His Spirit. He loves you so much that He made a way out of your stupid mistakes and sins. He gave His only Son as a sacrifice so that you would not have to pay the price yourself.