I love love! I love romantic love in Hallmark movies. I love mama love. I love hearts and flowers and all things associated with love, so naturally 1 Corinthians 13 is one of my favorite chapters to read.
I have read this passage so many times. I have heard preachers dissect 1-12 many times. They have explained it as a way to strive to live, a way to act in marriage, and even a way to act toward others.
Recently, I went to a bible journaling class. It was my niece’s birthday, so I took her and her friend. We settled in with all of our supplies which included new colored pencils AND a mechanical pencil. I was happy girl and so was Lilly and her friend! We colored and laughed. We drew hearts and squiggles to get the feel for the artwork. Before we left, we were instructed to go home, meditate on I Corinthians 13:13, and then draw or paint or whatever. I thought, “easy peasy.” I knew the verse. I knew love.
I took Lilly off to her next leg of the birthday celebration day, returned her friend safely home, and then I went home. I pulled out all of my art supplies, extra paper, and pens. I sat at the table and read I Corinthians 13:13 over and over again. I began to draw and then write. I wondered why these three things. Why faith, hope, and love? What made love the greatest? What insight could I gain into this chapter that I had never heard before today? I prayed. I continued to write and then it hit me.
Faith and hope are what we need in this world, but love is what will carry us to the next. My mind was blown. There is was as plain as day. Love was the only one that was necessary, is necessary, and will be necessary. Love is the only one that we must keep and give away. We must have it and share it. Love is of God. Love is God. Faith and hope are important for us now. We need faith in God and hope in God, but without the love of God we are stuck here. Love is Jesus on the cross. Love is God sending Jesus. Love is resurrection. Love IS the greatest.
I have always considered my love(feelings) for others in this passage. I have considered God’s love(feelings) for us in this passage. I have considered God’s love(feelings) for others in this passage. I have never considered love=God in this passage. It was there all along. Combined with many other New Testament passages it is plain as day. I’m sure this is not a revelation for theologians or maybe even you, but for me it was real today. It was a reminder that there are no simple easy verses in the bible. No matter how many times you have read a passage, there is still more to learn. Never stop reading, friends. Never stop studying. Never underestimate the power of scripture.
Much LOVE, Peeps!
p.s.- This is my artwork in response to his word. What do ya think?