Love, a very big topic in humankind. One study says 67% of all songs that exist are related to love. Why should the topic of love be so important that stands out among so many hundreds of things people wrote songs about? The Illinois newspaper Daily Illini named 3 reasons. Painful, Universal and Powerful. Yes, love is a big part of our daily lives. We need common love, and familiar love and God has made us to desire and be fulfilled in love between a husband and wife. Everyone needs some measure of love to survive. Many depressions and sicknesses are the result of love starvation. We are certain that love is good and is an essential necessity.
Love is hard to measure without involving a price. A big diamond ring, a costly gift, an inconvenient act of kindness, time spent, forfeiting one’s own choice to defer to the loved one’s choice. We may say, it is hard to make those sacrifices without true love. The more one is willing to give up, the heftier that love is registered. Your appreciation for the love will be in proportion to the price the other paid to give you that love. True high-priced love is great!
Everything goodness in human beings came from God’s nature, including love. Yes, love is from God, and it is a part of God’s nature. Human’s capacity to love and the desire to receive love was from God’s decision at creation. Human beings were designed to share a measure of God’s image. Love is one of the many beautiful capacities we were built to be like God. When we give and receive love, we live out God’s nature and reflect that beautiful aspect of His image in us — which pleases God.
Though many people use 1 Corinthians 13 to teach about love, especially at weddings, Paul was not deliberately choosing to address the topic of love there in 1 Corinthians 13:4–8; especially not about love in marriage. Paul was really addressing the lack of love in the church that was filled with the problem of self-centeredness and pride. In passing, he listed some signs or qualities of love:
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, 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. 8 Love never…