Many of us have read, studied, and even heard 1 Corinthians 13 (the “love chapter” of the Bible) recited at countless weddings. Unfortunately, however, most of us fall short in the way that we love not only our spouses, but also our families, our churches, and perhaps worse, those who are not yet followers of Jesus according to this verse.
Even after we experience God’s love in a new and deeper way, the effect of Adam’s rebellion against God still affects us today (Romans 7:23).
We continue to:
Talk like a child… think like a child… reason like a child (1 Corinthians 13:11)
Not see things clearly (1 Corinthians 13:12)
Drink milk instead of eating meat (1 Peter 2:2)
Although we still often act out of sin, God gives us a promise of what can become a reality once we choose to grow up and leave our infant ways behind. His promise can be found in Philippians 1:6-7:
He who began a good work in you will carry it to completion until the day of Christ Jesus
The purpose of His “good work” in us is to awaken us to His grace, mercy, and forgiveness which will then create in us a new life in Christ. God will not stop His work in us until we are fully sanctified in Christ on the day of our glorification.
We do have a part to play in this, however. We are to,
Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love. - 1 Corinthians 13:13
We trust by abiding in God and His promises.
We hope in our confident expectation of eternal salvation.
We love others unselfishly out of our understanding of God’s love for us.
God is saying to all of us that it is time to grow up and become the godly woman or man He has designed us to be. Life is not a play date, but a journey through life with Christ.
On the journey with you, I am