Guest Blog written by: Ethan Pettigrew
As we’ve progressed this summer, we’ve read a lot about how much love God has for his children. A few examples are how He saved Noah from the flood, allowed Lot to be rescued from Sodom, and placing Joseph in Egypt to save thousands during the famine. And that’s just in Genesis! In today’s reading, Paul tells the Church of Corinth what real love is.
1 Corinthians 13 is known as the Love Chapter. The entire chapter tells of what real love should look like. Paul begins by explaining the importance of love in our Christian lives. He says we can proclaim the name of Jesus to the nations, have faith that can move the mountains, even give our bodies as living sacrifices, but without love accompanying those actions, we’re really not accomplishing anything.
Next he explains what love looks like. Love doesn’t rush. It doesn’t get angry. It does things for others and doesn’t keep a grudge. Also, love is trusting. It can go through any battle or storm. Love doesn’t give up, it never quits.
Paul goes on to prove that love never changes. Languages and nations will come to an end. Knowledge will come to an end. People must grow up and mature. Love, however will always be there. Three things will remain in the end: faith, hope, and love. And of these three, love is the most important.
In today’s society, love has become so watered down. We use it to describe our feelings for fast food and for musical groups. It’s a term that is used so loosely. However, that is not how love was intended or should be. Love really is what Paul described it as.
Everything Paul says in this chapter can actually be summed up into one example given by Jesus. John 15:13 says, “No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends.” Jesus himself was the perfect example of love. He checked off every category in Paul’s description and ultimately paid the ultimate price for every single one of us.