Not part of the Simple Christianity series, but I feel is very applicable. Take it as you may…
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
“Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”
I have always thought that this passage referred specifically to love between a man and wife, a romantic love. But recently I have have began to question that line of thought. I mean, I am called to love my neighbor, right? For an example of this love, I just have to look at the Gospel. The love that Jesus exhibited is spelled out here in this passage. The Gospel is filled with the examples of love shown by Jesue…
So I propose that the love the at Paul talks about in 1st Corinthians is not a romantic love that is saved only for a man and a wife, but is the love that as a Christian, needs to be given to all those around them as is instructed in the Gospel….
Let us take a look at the proceeding verses, 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 :
“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”
So life without love, the love that Paul writes about, is a pointless life. Even if I do all these good and compassionate things for the lowest people in society without love, my faith is dead. I mean what is the more Christianese thing to do than to speak in tongue, understand all the hard things of life, and give me wealth to the poor? Paul say pretty boldly, works without love is useless. Continue Reading