If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. 1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Love is complex; to say the word “Love” can be easy to say, but to live by “Love,” can be complex. It can also be complex to be a truly loving person in our current North American context. Yet, as faithful people, God calls us to love.
To embody the complexity of love in our lives can challenge us. I believe this is what Paul lifts up in his first letter to Corinth. A love that can challenge us, a love that is a life style, and a love that can help us grow into God’s will and purpose for our lives. The love that Paul lifts up in his first Corinthian text is perfected. The love that Paul lifts up is the love that God has for creation. This is a love that cannot be contained, it lifts us up as we are, it does not run away, and continually it teaches, corrects, or redirects along the way. To embody this kind of love is complex.
Can we embody this kind of love?
What do you think?