A Fresh Look at Love – by Daniel Knapke
When Brandon challenged me with using my “favorite Bible verse or passage” as the basis of my first blog post, I was lost. Anytime I am asked, “what is your favorite _______” I usually give a different answer every time (just ask my wife, I am indecisive). But there was one passage that I could not get out of my head and I call that the Holy Spirit at work.
If you have attended church for any time, or gone to more than a couple Christian weddings, then I am sure you have heard it before. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 has been the basis for many sermons and many wedding ceremonies. You start to hear the first few words, “Love is patient, love is kind…” and you begin to repeat the rest of the passage by heart.
I am personally taken back to my wedding when my now grandfather-in-law explained to my wife and I that our marriage is to be one of love, one based on the love of our Heavenly Father to his church. That is what I love most about this passage. The passage is not just about what love is, it explains to us how God feels about us. When I think of the true meaning of the passage, I replace the word love with Jesus. Try it real quick, Jesus is patient, Jesus is kind. Jesus does not envy, He does not boast, He is not proud. Jesus always protects, always trusts, always hopes, and always perseveres.
Take a quick look at the beginning of the chapter also. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 explains that we can be the Holiest of all Holy Rollers, the most generous church goer in the nation, but do not love, and it is for nothing. We have to take that action step of loving others, and it is an action step. Again, we look at verses 4-7, the love that we are supposed to exhibit according to verses 1-3 is defined by actions. It is patient, kind, protects, trusts, and rejoices in the truth.
So my challenge to us all, myself included, is to live out these action steps throughout the rest of the week and see what changes happen in your life. Be kind to your neighbors, coworkers, and that family member you can’t stand. Be patient with your wife, you never know, she might actually have a better idea of how to remodel the bathroom. Don’t easily anger when your child misbehaves. Persevere through all of life’s struggles and trust in the Lord.
Daniel Knapke and his wife, Ainsley, call The Crossing home. He is a firefighter and paramedic in the greater Cincinnati area and a member of The Crossing Blog Team.