There have probably been more songs written about love than any other topic. The Beetles told us that all we need is love. Elvis admitted that he couldn’t help falling in love. Queen called love a crazy little thing. Dionne Warwick swore she’d never fall in love again while Pat Benatar warns that love is a battlefield. And then there’s The Everly Brothers and Nazareth who both lamented that love hurts. So we can see that love both heals and wounds hearts. Of course to find out what love really is we must turn to scripture, and the best place is the great chapter on love, I Corinthians 13. The love that Paul is describing here is not the philos love, or brotherly love. And it’s not the eros love, or the physical, sexual kind of love. He is defining what agape love is. This is the highest form of love there is. Many people define it as the God kind of love. This is love that is given not because it’s deserved or earned because there is nothing you could possibly do to deserve it. The giver expects nothing in return. This kind of love is the nature of God. It’s Who He is. This love won’t give up. It’s not selfish. It isn’t prideful. This love is respectful, patient and sacrificial. Does is come naturally? No! It comes supernaturally. God enables us to love this way. But this love is a choice we have to make every single day. And the best thing of all is we know this kind of love will never fail us! So remember tomorrow when you wake, you have a choice to make. Ask God to help you walk in His kind of love.
1 Corinthians 13:13 (NLT)
13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.