(1Corinthians 13:4-8a) Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails …..
In these verses, The Apostle Paul gives us a definition of agape love, God’s love. These are the characteristics of the love God has for his creation, and especially for us the crown of his creation. This is also the love he wants us to have for each other. Jesus said to his apostles, “This is my command: Love each other” (John 15:17).
Where did love originate? Only one answer presents its self, and that is from God. The Creator fashioned all that is in the temporal world, so it’s a logical assumption that love came from him. This is what the Apostle John has to say in chapter 5 of his first letter, verse 16 – “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.” He goes on to say in verse 19, “We love because he first loved us.” Love is therefore inherent in God. Love must have existed even before the creation within the triune of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
I have a desire to love more completely, and if you share this desire with me, we know that we must go to the source of love. As I meditate on the list of what love is, I am fully aware of how much I lack in loving God and loving others, but this list also speaks of how God loves me. I believe the secret is to first comprehend his love for me. The more his love pours into my soul the greater the opportunity for it to flow out of me. God is love, and he is the one in whom we can find true love.
Author’s note: Did you ever realize that God’s love is a very humble love?