Five Facets on the Diamond of Love
1 Corinthians 13:4
|1 Corinthians 13 (NKJV™)|
|4||Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;|
New King James Version®, Copyright © 1982, Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved.
The splendor of a fine jewel is due to the summation of all its attributes. Love is no different. To define real love is difficult; to describe love is much easier. That's what Paul does for us here. Like spinning a diamond and examining its fine markings, he looks at agape love under the magnifying glass of its own characteristics. Today, we turn the light onto one verse and see five facets of this exquisite gem.
God's love is the missing ingredient in many of our relationships. Many of them are merely perfunctory and unfortunately erode over time. In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul paints a picture of what true love is and what it is not. Throughout the text, Paul shows us that true love has many facets and explains it in both positive and negative terms. He tells us our love for others is meant to be a mirror of Christ's love for us. This series looks at what true love really is, highlighting how we can learn to let love govern our personal relationships.
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