“Love is patient and kind. Love is not Jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”
1 Corinthians 13:4-7
The entire ‘theory’ of love can be summed up in one word: Jesus. His life, His death and everything before and after, was and is the perfect example of who and what love is. He cared for the broken, looked out for the persecuted, fought against injustice and died a sacrificial life. Jesus never gave up, He endured through the most painful and excruciating death because of His love for us. He never keeps a record of wrong for those who ask for forgiveness. He washes us clean and after that it’s forgotten. He was never proud or rude in a sinful way because everything He did was out of love for His Father and for us. He was kind to all He met, patient with His disciples and always full of faith. He was and is the complete summary of what love is.
That is our role model, that is how we should live love in our lives. Love isn’t just a nice feeling in your body. Love is action. It is interesting that Paul writes more about what love is ‘not like’ as if to say, ‘here is what love is not like, go and live what it should be like’! Love is the essence of our faith. Go and action love.