“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8a)
The verses above are probably the most famous passage in the Bible about love. The verses above doesn’t tell us the way this world perceives loves to be, but instead, shows what Godly love is, and the way one should love another. Love “thinks no evil”: this can only be seen in the purest of loves, especially in the love parents have for their children. Think about how much our parents have done for us. The list is unlimited. Our parents love us so much, and despite how we turn out to be or how horrible our actions are, they will still love us. They are willing to suffer for us and do not complain about the work they have to so for us, or how much they have suffered just so that they can give up and good upbringing.
When it comes to love between a man and a woman, it is very different. In the world today, we can see people scheming to get the person they think they’re “in love” with, but that isn’t love, it is lust mixed in with greed. When you truly love someone, you want them to be happy, and you are willing to suffer just as long as they can gain happiness. Love “bears all things, endures all things”, and if one can’t do this, then they have never truly loved that person at all.
In the gospels, Jesus tells us to “love your neighbour as yourself”, and also to “love your enemy”. Love is the greatest gift in the world and it is the one thing that money can’t buy. Love has to be sincere and come straight from the heart. In the world today, love is sparsely seen and if we are able to do as Jesus instructs us, we are showing love to out neighbours/enemies as well as Christ, because we have obeyed his word.
In this world, it is God who loves us the most. Why? In (John 3:16) it tells us “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” God loves us so much that He was willing to have His son die to redeem us and clear us of our sins. There is no greater love than that in this world. God has also shown that He loves us by promising us His Holy Spirit, which will be granted to us as long as we pray with a sincere and fervent heart. In our everyday lives, we can see how God loves us by the small blessings He has given us, whether it is granting us a good night’s sleep, or protecting us on the way to work, or just allowing us to have a peaceful day. All these are God showing that He loves us and He is there looking after us.
“By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us.” God loves us so much, His love for us goes beyond out imagination. He created us with love and it is with love that Christ died for us. Without the love of God, we would be nothing.