1 Corinthians 13:4 -8a
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
One of the most basic human emotions is love. The need for love and acceptance is constant whatever language you speak or whatever ethnic group you are from. My life’s experience has taught me many lessons about love. Two of these lessons are this: Love is all about TIME, and love is all about COMMUNICATION.
It is hard to prove your love without investing your time, and it is hard to build a relationship of love without communication. In the book of 1st Corinthians the apostle Paul writes to his readers a lesson in the language of love. Paul tells us what real love sounds like, and what it does not sound like. What real love is and what love is not. Real love is patient and kind. Real love is strong, enduring and tough. Each of us desires to be loved in this way.
Paul also warns us of a love that is not real love. Real love has no place for self-pride, envy or anger. Real love is unconditional love, the love God showed the world when he sent Jesus to redeem us. The “Love in any Language Love” that our Heavenly Father showed us through Jesus Christ shows up in Christians all over the world. No matter our culture, race or language, God’s love is offered to us. People everywhere are responding to His love.
God wants his people to share that same kind of love with each other. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could show love to our neighbors? They too will understand the language of love, spoken from our heart.