“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” – 1 Corinthians 13:13
A little boy went to his mother with a list. He wrote of all the things he had done that day, and for each thing he did he requested payment. It went something like this:
- I cleaned my room, so you owe me $1.00
- I got excellent grades on my report card so you owe me $2.00
- I helped wash the dishes so you owe me $1.00
In total you owe me $4.00
The mother smiled, turned around the list and wrote something like this:
- I carried you in my womb for 9 months, you owe me nothing
- I feed you every day and care for you, you owe me nothing
- I have loved you all the days of your life you owe me nothing
In total you owe me nothing.
I was watching Joyce Meyer and she preached on something like this, and it really stuck with me. Because isn’t that the way of the world? We love on condition. Basically saying, if you do this for me, I will love you. It is the biggest difference between worldly love, and Godly love.
All the world really needs is love but should it come as a cost? No. Love is unconditional there is no other type of love. This little boy had in him the worldly type of love, because that’s what we are born into and conditioned to. This is the nature of sin, so it takes God to turn it around and show us what Love really means. Some Christians even think that in order to receive God’s love, we must do something for Him first.
Jesus died on the cross because He loved us first. He didn’t say do something for me first and then I will save you, and love you. He died, not because we did everything right. He died for us, because He loved us PERIOD. (1 John 4:19)
When you come up against something like this, the best response is to show that person love. Sometime we teach people how to treat us. So it’s best not beat them down or hurt them.
1 Corinthians 13 talks of what Love is in God’s eyes. Too many divorces happen because we expect something in return for Love, and when we don’t get what we want, we go looking for someone that will give it to us. Love is not a business exchange, it’s a freely given thing.
“Marriage is like an empty box, it remains empty unless you put in more than you take out” – Unknown
1 CORINTHIANS 13:1-13
“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
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. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”