There is a chapter in the Bible that is commonly called “The Love Chapter”. No it’s not in Song of Solomon… but if you want a sweet little blush on this Valentine’s Day, read that aloud with your Spouse. No I’m talking about 1 Corinthians 13.
Here’s a challenge for you today as we focus on Love. The Bible says “God is love,” but what does that mean? Here in 1 Corinthians, we have a tangible measure of what Love is. Try this challenge: Read 1 Corinthians and insert your name in place of the word “love.” Now read it again and insert the name “Jesus.” This is what love should look like. Jesus is the standard against which all human loves should be compared. See, we fall short each time. Jesus is the definition of love in the flesh. And while you are thinking about THAT definition, think about this measure of love: God showed his love to us in this way, that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Now read this with your name in place of “Love”
Love is patient. Love is kind. Love does not envy. Love does not boast. Love is not proud. Love is not rude. Love is not selfish. Love is not easily angered. Love keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not enjoy evil but is happy about the truth. Love always protects. Love always trusts. Love always hopes. Love always perseveres. Love never fails.
(Did you throw up a little in your mouth as you read that?) Now read that with the name of Jesus in place of “Love.” That’s who loves YOU. Happy Valentine’s Day from your Beloved Jesus.