1 Corinthians 13, often read at weddings or events where the individuals want to share about the blueprint of Love, but to the listeners are they just words?
Love has often been reduced to an emotional high, likened to the waves of the sea that comes and goes, or words in a Hallmark card. But the kind of love that God created and demonstrated is a costly one because it involves sacrifice and presence.
According to this Corinthians passage, eloquent speech spoken by tongues without love is simply loud and irritating noise. It reasons despite possessing the gift of prophecy with a profound understanding of God’s hidden secrets, unending supernatural knowledge and the greatest gift of faith that could move mountains, if we haven’t learnt to love, then we are nothing. Similarly, acts of kindness such as giving everything we own to feed the poor, without love, have no value.
Love is incredibly patient, gentle and consistently kind to all. Love refuses to be jealous of others who are experiencing their blessings. Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate its own importance. Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honor. Love is not easily irritated or quick to take offense. Love joyfully celebrates honesty and finds no delight in what is wrong. Love is a safe place of shelter, for it never stops believing the best for others. Love never takes failure as defeat, for it never gives up. Love never stops loving.