5.20.17 – 1 Cor 13:7

We recently received the news that another entertainer apparently thought ending their life was the only option left. I can’t pretend to understand the depths of such a decision but one thing that I am sure of is that it was void of love. In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul goes to great lengths to put love in its proper perspective. This is a love that requires nothing in return. This is a love that moves us to put others before ourselves. It is sacrificial love born of God and exampled by Jesus in order that we may live. Spurgeon delivers an amazing relative comparison: “I would, my brothers and sisters, that we could all imitate the pearl oyster. A hurtful particle intrudes itself into its shell, and this vexes and grieves it. It cannot eject the evil, and what does it do but cover it with a precious substance extracted out of its own life, by which it turns the intruder into a pearl. Oh, that we could do so with the provocations we receive from our fellow Christians, so that pearls of patience, gentleness, long-suffering, and forgiveness might be bred within us by that which has harmed us.”
Love in this form allows us to see people as Jesus saw those who nailed him to the cross and asked God to forgive them. It cannot exist in us unless we exist in Him!
1 Corinthians 13:7 – Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.