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. (1 Corinthians 13:1-3 NIV)
Obviously, if I’m going to talk about the Bible and love, it’s going to have to be based off of 1 Corinthians 13, commonly referred to as the “Love Chapter.” If you are a teenager right now who is struggling loving your “boyfriend” or “girlfriend”, I want to start by saying that, no, this isn’t about that kind of love. This post will be focused on loving your friends and family the way that God wants you to.
In 1 Corinthians 13:1-3, Paul makes it very clear that no matter how popular, funny, good-looking, or amazing you are, if you do not love, you are nothing. A first glance at this verse makes Paul seem a little harsh. After all, having all of those great characteristics/accomplishments would make you a person at least worth something, right? Well, not exactly. If you don’t love, everyone won’t care much to be around you. Therefore, you are basically nothing.
How should we love, then? What is love? 1 Corinthians 13 continues to explain what love is. I encourage you to look the rest up on your own, but I think that verse 4 is important to put in here:
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. (1 Corinthians 13:4 NIV)
Also, Jesus himself says in John 13:34,
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. (John 13:34 NIV)”
So, love as hard as you can. Treat everyone how you want to be treated and you will be walking according to what Jesus said.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV)
Until next week,