1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NLT)
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
May J Blige says, “Real love, I’m searching for the real love. Someone to set my heart free. Real love. I’m searching for a real love. I got to have a real love. So I try my best and pray to God, He’ll send me someone real.” Beloved, if the truth be told Mary J was on to something. She knew that there is something called a real love. However, nowadays, people use the word “love” as if it is going out of style. “I love my car, I love my house, I love my plant, I love food, I love furniture, I love you and have known you for 2.5 minutes, I love, I love, I love”…but if the truth be told, truly what does all that really mean? What does it mean to really love? Well, Apostle Paul and Sosthenes in Ephesus, the writer of this text said to the Corinthians that it means to be patient and kind. It does not mean to be jealous, boastful, rude, demanding, irritable, or track wrongs. Love rejoices in truth and it never gives up. Love is faithful and love is enduring. Now that’s real love, the kind that when someone really loves you they strive to show you. The kind that man tries to emulate but God actually demonstrates. I’m talking about real love!
Consider the following:
If love does all of those things, then ponder this: why do we misuse the word particularly to inanimate objects? Why do we give someone such a powerful word when they have not done anything to remotely deserve it? Why are we so impatient with those who we say we love? Frankly, why are we so impatient when waiting on relational love? In the beginning of our text, love is described by action words. Paul is not writing about how love feels, he is writing about how it can be seen in action. True love is always demonstrated by action. For example, God so LOVED the world that He GAVE His only begotten son. Action. If God’s love is in us, we will show longsuffering, to those who annoy us and hurt us. We will show patience to ourselves when we make poor decisions. We will display patience as God speaks to our spouse who wronged us. We will show patience as God blesses us with that real love that Mary J sang about. Remember as we learned last week, perseverance is the action word of patience, and love itself is an action word that involves patience. So keep persevering, keep being patient, keep loving, and keep waiting for that real love!