The word is more important than we can even imagine.
When Paul wrote his letter (containing one of the most important statements of love ever written) to the church of Corinth, he was writing to a vibrant, spirit-filled community. They were on fire for Jesus. But, and we ought to take some encouragement from this, they could also be pretty messed up. That’s why this letter's passage on love is so significant. If that amazing church needed a written reminder about how to love each other, then we need it too. What is newer is not always truer and the sooner we recognize that, the wiser we will be.
Love is the baseline of our life in Christ. It is the Mount Everest of our lives. Love is under our feet, and our highest goal. Love is not a feeling to be achieved; it is our lives in action, and that is what Paul was writing about: love in action.
Take a moment now and read 1 Corinthians 13.
Let Paul’s words sink in because loving each other is vital to following Jesus. Jesus tells us, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” Life in Christ is not about memorizing scripture, having the best doctrine or following a stringent religious path. No! It’s about loving one another. If love is what binds us together, and if love is how the world will know we belong to Jesus, then love should cover every action and every season of our lives.
Are you single? Be active in loving your singleness! Use this time to know God and yourself. Get centered in your relationship with Him. Get to know where God’s path is leading you and then walk down the path.
Dating someone? Date to get married. In other words, don’t date to just hang out and have a good time. Dating is meant to find out if someone you find yourself attracted to is on the same God-given path as you. If dating leads to an engagement, then already have a date for your marriage in mind! Make that date in the near future. Beautiful weddings are great, but we want to have an even more beautiful marriage.
Are you a newlywed? Married for fifty years? Keep on dating after marriage! Never give up the art of dating your spouse, and make a habit of taking time to be together as a couple. Don’t let money hold you back, because money is a resource, and not a god. Don’t let money define your relationship goals. Instead of balancing every penny, pray together and let God set the balance in your heart. Serve God together! Don’t settle for warming the benches and seats of your church; be actively involved! Only have sex with your spouse. Seriously. Computers, phones, romance novels, cannot take the place of your spouse or the awesome gift God has given you and your spouse.
Wherever you are in life relationally, remember the “three things that remain forever-faith, hope, and love-and the greatest of these is love” -1st Corinthians 13:13.