Thank you for joining me in this series on love. I’d like to wrap with a final thought that was actually given by one of you all. Which is this: “Patience by itself is not love. Kindness alone does not define love. Perseverance by itself is not love. Love Is all those things – and more. Paul is using words to paint a picture of what love looks like. The picture is not a lot of individual elements but is everything bound together as a whole.”
So while we spent many weeks going through each statement in 1 Corinthians 13, each statement cannot stand on its own. Perfect Godly love is all of these things in one. And that’s what we should all be striving for.
If I speak in the tongues Or languages of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding If I speak in the tongues Or languages of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If 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. 3If 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.4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.8Love 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. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11When 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. 12For 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.13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Ultimately, when you bring this passage together, we truly see what God’s love looks like. Isn’t it beautiful? I can only pray that my love will continue to grow and develop in to God’s version of love.