The basis for everything in our lives is love. It was love for us that caused Christ to give His life for us on Calvary. Just as there was no limitation to the love of God as He gave His Son as a sacrifice for our sin, there is no limit to love. Just because we as mere mortals, abuse and misuse love, we cannot redefine what love is because God has defined what true love is, in His Word.
True love has no limitations. True love never says, “You have gone too far, I do not love you any more”. When defining love for us in His Word, God tells us that true love bears” all things”. You may ask me, “What does all things mean”? All things means everything. True love is stronger than any circumstance. True love is stronger than any situation.
Do people who know you, know that they could fail you? Do they know that they could act foolishly on occasion, and yet your love would not fail? Does your love for remain strong for others regardless of their actions? If someone close to you such as a friend of family member were to hurt you in some way, would you still love them without holding ill feelings against them?
Here are some things about love that define it according to the 13th Chapter of 1 Corinthians.
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Love doesn’t have a swelled head,
Love doesn’t force itself on others,
Love Isn’t always “me first,”
Love doesn’t fly off the handle,
Love doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Love doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Love takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Love puts up with anything,
Love trusts God always,
Love always looks for the best,
Love never looks back,
Love keeps going to the end.
If we posses true love, we will always assume the best about others. If someone offends us, in love we choose to honestly forgive. If someone gives us grief in live, we “bear all things”, and forgive unconditionally, showing the love of Christ in our life. If there is a situation in your life of constant provocation, we “endure all things”. This is the definition of true love. We never lose hope in those we truly love, as we demonstrate toward others the same unconditional love that Christ our Lord has demonstrated toward us.
In 1 Corinthians 1 we read, if we have faith to say to a mountain, “move,” and it moves, but we do not love, we are nothing. If we give everything we own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but we do not love, we are nothing. So, no matter what we say, what we believe, or what we do, without love we are nothing.
I hear people say all the time, “I just can’t love them, because of the way they are acting, or because of the way they have treated me”. When we love with the kind of love exhibited in 1 Corinthians 13, the same love that God has demonstrated toward us in Christ Jesus, we can began to change the negative circumstances in our lives as we began to shed a positive light on them as the power of the love of Christ encompasses all. Pray that His love can be expressed to others daily in your life through you in all you do. In this may the love of Christ be demonstrated as we humble ourselves to His will, demonstrating toward others the same love that rose Christ from the dead, and saved us from our sin. Let us demonstrate toward others the same love that lives in us by Christ Jesus. If we can allow the love of God to be truly effective in our lives as we demonstrate Christ’s love, where God is to be seen as He is, and face to face His love shared with our fellow man, then love will be at its greatest height; and there only in Christ will it be perfected.
May we never stand before our Lord and be found wanting as He looks deep into our hearts, as He inspects our love demonstrated toward others in His name and asks, “Where is your love”?