true love

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If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:1-7

Love.

Two days ago was Valentine’s Day…we celebrate with chocolate, candy, red and pink hearts, hearts that say special messages, flowers, cards with flattering words, Cupid, and, if you’re like me, forcing your husband to watch a romantic comedy all in the name of love.

We’re obsessed with love. Quite frankly, we love love. Just think about when Nicholas Sparks’ latest book is made into a movie and it’s opening night at the theater…we love the mushy and cheesy Hallmark movies. As girls we can’t wait to find our knight in shining armor who will take us away to live happily after. We daydream about love.

I think when a lot of us read chapter 13 in 1 Corinthians, we picture a wedding ceremony or think of our love with our significant other. We get caught up on the word love and forget to look deeper in the words. Yes, I think these verses teach us how to strive to love. I say strive because none of us love perfectly besides God himself.

But when we dig deeper, we see Christ himself all in these words….

God is love. 

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. [1 John 4:8]

Jesus is God. 

In the beginning was the Word (Jesus), and the Word (Jesus) was with God, and the Word (Jesus)  was God. [John 1:1]

Jesus is love. 

Try replacing the word love in 1 Corinthians 13:1-7. So much truth about Jesus’ character is revealed.

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not Jesus, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have faith that can move mountains, but have not Jesus, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not Jesus, I gain nothing. Jesus is patient, Jesus is kind. Jesus does not envy, Jesus does not boast, Jesus is not proud. Jesus is not rude, Jesus is not self-seeking, Jesus is not easily angered, Jesus keeps no record of wrongs. Jesus does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Jesus always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:1-7

We can live our lives in a sort of checklist way to pass “God’s test” by living moral, righteous lives by our standards….but have not Jesus, we are nothing. 

We can be the wisest man known to humankind…but have not Jesus, we are nothing. 

We can claim to have faith and hope by our good deeds…but have not Jesus, we are nothing. 

We can live our entire lives in service to the less fortunate…but have not Jesus, we are nothing. 

We can volunteer in all of our free time…but have not Jesus, we are nothing. 

We can give food to the homeless and send money to missionaries over seas…but have not Jesus, we are nothing. 

Jesus is all we have in this life. He is our only hope. He is the Way, and the Truth, and the Life. He gives us the ability to truly live and to truly love. He is love. He is everything.

If we fail to acknowledge Him as King of our lives by the grace given to us on the cross, we miss the entire point.

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–Ephesians 2:8

We are saved by Jesus…not by anything we do or acquire. Only by His grace. 

Only by His grace.

He is patient, kind, content, humble, kind, selfless, calm, forgiving, good, protecting, trustworthy, hopeful, and persevering. 

…He is worthy of all glory, honor, and praise. He is good. His love endures forever. May he receive our heart’s deepest desire. Amen.

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4 thoughts on “true love

  1. Hi Kristin! I just love your blog. It is so encouraging to see your heart seeking after Gods heart!
    Did you see Gods not dead 2 yet? I totally cried during that movie! Are you working in a Christian school?

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    1. Hi Jessie! Thanks so much! I haven’t seen the movie yet..but I enjoyed the first one! I was teaching in public schools, but will be staying home as we’re expecting a baby boy in November!! Sorry it took me so long to respond…

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  2. Congratulations Kristin! Your parents must be over the moon! Wow, what an incredible blessing. I wish Grandpa Perry and Grandma Barbara could see this happy news. How is everyone doing? I have four children now and homeschool. Paul and his family are coming to Saint Louis in a couple weeks. They are going to help Ryan and I move our mother into assisted living. She’s been in a nursing home all this year. It’s been a very long road but God has been in it all.
    Warmly,
    Jessie

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  3. Hi Jessie,
    They are SO excited! I wish Grandpa and Grandma could be here too! Everyone’s doing well..thanks for asking! How old are your kiddos? It sounds like you’ve had a long and tiresome year so far. How wonderful it is to have a God who is with us through it all..how are you all doing?

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