I may not know what love is but I know what love ain’t. The love chapter I’m talking about is 1 Corinthians 13. I will try to show how this chapter can make an impact us to make America great again.
Let us head to 1 Corinthians 13 to help fully comprehend what love is.
The first verse says, “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.” It’s more important to have love than to speak in tongues.
Verse 2 says, “If 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 have not love, I am nothing.” Without love there is no faith!
Verse 3 says, “If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.” We are to give from the heart. May your left hand knows not what your right hand is doing. It’s not good to be giving in hoping of getting something in return. It’s better to give than to receive.
Love is patient. If you are anything like me, I’m not a very patient person. Yet at the same time I have been told that you should never pray for patience; because you may get more than you bargained for.
Love is kind. We are to be humble and kind with each other.
It does not envy. We are not to be envious of what others have. Yet, the world states that we must strive to keep up with the Jones. We seems to want what others have. We seems to be envious of those who are rich.
It does not boast. We are not to be boastful with what we have. I have personally experience with this back when I was working at Concordia College. I was rather boastful, to the point of actually bragging. I believe it cost me that job; so the Lord can show me the error of my ways. So now, I thanked God for what I have. All I have belong to the Lord. The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh.
It is not proud. We must not be too proud to ask for help. When we are proud, we think that we are invincible.
It is not rude. We are not to be rude to anyone we may meet. We may not like a person or their behavior; but that doesn’t give us permission to be rude to them.
It is not self-seeking. It’s not about me; but rather about Jesus Christ. As a former pastor once said, “we are to take self off the throne.” It’s not I but we are in this together.
It is not easily angered. In other words, we are to control our temper and not get angry at every little things that may pissed us off. Believe me, what’s going on in the world right now, is enough to get anyone angry.
It keeps no record of wrongs. We are to forgive those who trespass against us. If someone offended us, we are to turn the cheek. It doesn’t mean that we are weak; but rather strong. When Jesus was on the cross he said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” It’s not the forgiving that is hard but the forgetting what was done to us.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. If our enemy is getting their just desserts, we must not rejoice over it; or the Lord may change His mind.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. We protect those we love. We trust them even when the trust is broken. We can have hopes if we have love first. We will perseveres with the love of God.
Love never fails. With love, we can win every time.
Prophecies may cease to exist. Our tongues will be stilled. Knowledge will passed away; but love will never end.
When perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.
And now these 3 remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. Love is the greatest!!
Love doesn’t divide, it unifies. Love doesn’t take, it gives. Love is not selfish, it is selfless.
It doesn’t mean that we have to agree with each other. It means that we just have to accept them, warts and all. If we want to end the hatred in the world; we must first learn to love one another no matter what. We don’t have to love the sin; just love the person instead. Let your love flow! Let the love of Jesus be seen in you. Let us love one another as Christ first loved us. For God so loved the world that He gave us His one and only son to saved us.
Go in love!! Stop the hate!!That is how we can make America great again. Love your neighbors as Christ first loved you.