“And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13
How do I even begin to write a post that does love justice? I know I won’t be able to because Biblical love is too amazing for me to fully comprehend. Love is the reason for everything. Love is the greatest.
The entire chapter of 1 Corinthians 13 provides a description of the characteristics of love. In the King James version, the word “charity” is used in place of love. This word is the word agape or ” ” in Greek. It’s the type of love that we have for our brothers and sisters in Christ and the type of love God has for us. According to 1 Corinthians 13 this type of love is kind, patient, everlasting, and unfailing . It’s not boastful or envious.
Agape love is sacrificial. John 15:13 tells us “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” (ESV). Romans 5:8 says, “but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Because God loves us, He provided a way of salvation for us. He sent His only Son as the perfect sacrifice for our sins. This type of sacrificial love is so amazing to me! Nothing can separate us from God’s love (Romans 8).
God loves us, and we are supposed to love our brethren in the same way. Mark 12:30-31 states, “ And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Christians and love go hand in hand. I truly believe love should be one of the defining characteristics of our lives. Love really is the greatest, and I’m thankful for Biblical love!