1 Corinthians 13:4 (NET)
Love is patient, love is kind, it is not envious. Love does not brag, it is not puffed up.
When Gerald was wooing Bridge, he was very patient and kind to her. He didn’t seem to notice all her faults and was ready to overlook many things.
But Bridget observed that Gerald was very boastful and arrogant. He would brag and sometimes add lies to his bragging. This should have been a pointer to her that he didn’t truly love even though he appeared patient and kind on the onset.
After they got married, Bridget realized that she was married to a very unloving man who was not kind and patient at all. He was mean and selfish.
She would have known this from the beginning if she understood the meaning of love in its full context.
Notice that all the attributes of love mentioned in today’s verses are attributes that go together. They are all attributes of love. If any of them is missing in something paraded as love, that thing is not the kind of love that never fails. It is the inferior kind of love [of convenience] that would crack and fail in the face of the pressure.
This pure true kind of love defined in today’s verses can only be given by those who are born of God. It is manifested through the grace of the Lord poured out upon us and facilitated by sound minds refined through the understanding of God’s Word.
Anyone who walks in this kind of love walks in the greatest and most powerful spiritual virtue. This virtue is superior to mountain moving faith. It can move the heart of God.
The goal of every believer should be to walk in this kind of love that is defined in today’s verses. We are the only ones with the ability to walk in this kind of love. And we do so through faith and diligence.
Go into today remembering that when you start walking in true love towards people, the kind of power released by your spirit would solve many problems and drive away spiritual adversaries.