More Than Romantic Love

5 Sep

One of the most well-known chapters in the Bible is 1 Corinthians 13 – the looooove chapter. You know which one I’m talking about. Rarely will you attend a Christian wedding and not hear or see references to at least a few verses from this chapter.

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If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.

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.

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Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13, NLT)

Many of us have probably heard this so many times, we could recite much of it from memory. But if we read it carefully, we will see that the simple, and yet sometimes difficult, act of love is incredibly important, if not essential to the walk of a Christian.

Although we typically associate this chapter with romantic love, the definitions of love provided here go way beyond romantic love. We are to love everyone with this kind of love. Yes. I said everyone. Those who are hard to love, those we don’t want to love, even those who don’t want to be loved. Everyone.

Love is patient. It doesn’t get frustrated, but responds calmly when someone doesn’t do things as fast as we’d like, as perfectly as we’d want, or when we get asked the same question fourteen times.

Love is kind. It goes out of its way to be caring, considerate, and compassionate to those in our path each day. You know that person who grates on your last nerve – the one you don’t even like to talk to? Love extends kindness to him/her.

Love is not jealous, boastful, proud, or rude. Love does not get focused on our priorities, our projects, our schedule while disregarding those of others. It is humble, understanding, and polite.

Love is not demanding. It allows others to go first, to have their way, and it gives more than it takes – it is generous.

Love is not irritable. Oh, boy. {grin} It is pleasant and not easily offended. It doesn’t look for things to be upset about and it assumes the best of others.

Love keeps no record of wrongs. Ever held a grudge? Yeah. Me, too. We need to let that go.

Love rejoices in truth. It doesn’t enjoy lies, misleading statements, or exaggerations. It states the truth, even when it’s hard to say.

Love never gives up, never loses faith, and is always hopeful. Notice it says never, never, and always. It believes, it trusts, and it hopes – forever. Not just when it’s easy or makes sense. Always.

Love endures through every circumstance. Through every circumstance means just that – every single circumstance – not just the ones we hand pick. It endures, it perseveres, it continues through good, bad, easy, difficult, fun, and horrible circumstances.

There’s more to love than just, well, love. It’s more than a feeling or an emotion. Love is verb. It’s something we do. It’s not always easy or convenient or even pleasant, but it’s what we do.

Is there someone who needs you to love them today?
♥ Rachel

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2 Responses to “More Than Romantic Love”

  1. LAURA ALLEN September 5, 2012 at 11:29 am #

    Rachel, This is one of my favorite subjects. Love is an action. When people are having problems, the first question I will ask of them, “How is your love walk going?” The fact is nothing will work in our lives if we do not walk in love, not our faith, beliefs, hopes, dreams; it is truly a stumbling block or a brick wall that stops the flow of a peaceful, happy, overcoming life. This does not mean that you are a doormat or will never disagree with people, but you choose to extend a love action instead of letting their perhaps mean display take root in your life. ALWAYS HOPE, Laura

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