1 Corinthians 13 in The Bible is commonly known as “the love chapter.” It explains what love truly is and shows us how we can exhibit love toward everyone on a daily basis. If there is anything our culture needs now, it’s genuine, Godly love. In our polarizing political landscape, it is imperative that Christians spread love to all people – no matter who they are, what they have done, or what they believe.
“If I speak human or angelic languages but do not have love, I am a sounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith so that I can move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I donate all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body in order to boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.”
These three verses are a testament to the fact that all our good acts are worthless without love. For me, they bring to mind certain activists who speak truth without love. For example, screaming outside abortion clinics and calling scared teenagers with seemingly no options “murderers” is no way to make real change. To truly make a difference, volunteer at crisis pregnancy centers. Befriend young mothers and make sure they are never alone in the world. Adopt an unwanted child. No one will listen to you if you are yelling in their faces.
Love is patient, love is kind. Love does not envy, is not boastful, is not conceited, does not act improperly, is not selfish, is not provoked, and does not keep a record of wrongs. Love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
To exhibit real love, we can never be self-righteous, hypocritical, or judgmental. No matter what, everyone deserves kindness, patience, and goodness. You can disagree with a person without hating them.
Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for languages, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when the perfect comes, the partial will come to an end.
Love cannot end when a debate begins. It is the only thing that will hold people together, rather than tearing them apart. We must always love everyone, because everyone is created by God with the potential to do great things.
When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put aside childish things. For now we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully, as I am fully known.