Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
(1 Corinthians 13:7)
As a poet sets verse and meter expressing repressed love, Paul massages love’s true meaning into his ongoing excoriation of the Corinthian Christians. This tranquil passage seems a peace and calm that often follows the angriest storms. The Corinthians were falling over themselves seeking self-importance. Striving for the greater gifts to merit greater prominence. Desiring to be favorites of the Lord so they’d have something to lord over others.
Bear, believe, hope, and endure. How we, like the Corinthians, need this memorandum on devotion and emotion, fondness and friendship. Love is not power, but vulnerability. Love is not demanding, but selflessly giving. Love is not suspicious, but a means to build each other up. No better demonstration of this brand of love has ever graced our planet than the love of our Savior on His cross for the sake of those He loves.
Lord of Love, I’m sorry for my self serving love. Forgive me. Amen.