Pastor’s blog Feb 2020
1 Corinthians 13:4-7 New International Version (NIV)
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not
dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of
wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always
trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
A Peanuts cartoon shows Lucy standing with her arms folded and a stern expression on her face. Charlie
Brown pleads, “Lucy, you must be more loving. This world really needs love. You have to let yourself love to
make this world a better place.” Lucy angrily whirls around and knocks Charlie Brown to the ground. She
screams at him, “Look, Blockhead, the world I love. It’s people I can’t stand.”
I’m sure we all feel that way from time to time, and some of us feel that way most of the time. Come to think of
it, I’ll bet some of us feel that way right now. Loving the world in general isn’t that difficult; loving the people
around us can be a major challenge. And that’s why I Cor. 13 is so important for us to understand. We must
make sure that our lives line up with the word of God when it comes to love.
One thing that I notice in this passage is that love is not primarily a feeling but an action. We live in an age that
honors personal feelings above almost everything. The kind of love Paul is talking about is seen and
experienced and demonstrated. While it may start in a feeling of compassion or pity, it never ends there.
Please stop and read I Cor. 13:4-7 again right now. Ask yourself, “Is this a description of me and the way that I
treat others?” I have to admit that those words convict me! There is much room for improvement in my “loving
others.” I have read and often taught that we could substitute the name Jesus for every word that describes
love in these verses. For example, “Jesus is patient, Jesus is kind, Jesus does not envy…” You get the idea.
You may be thinking right now, yes, but I am not Jesus! No you are not Jesus, but He lives in you and desires
to live through you.
In Eph. 3:17-19 the scripture says, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray
that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s
holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know
this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of
Those verses give us insight into how we can love as Jesus did. When we understand and
experience the love of God, then and only then can we give it to others. If you write a check,
there must be money in the bank. When your heart is filled with the love of God, then you can
give it to others!