Corinthians 13:4-8 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends.
I get psyched up, and ready for a for mile long jog (who am I kidding), whenever I hear Pat Benatar’s “Love is a Battlefield”. I mean, I get my mind juices flowing, and I could even picture myself dancing, in a 80’s styled track suit. The beat and the energy of the song, can just get me going, basically. Then I sit back to cool down from my mental adrenaline rush, and begin thinking of how much truth is in the title of the song.
Love is a battlefield, because we don’t always want to love. Even when we do love, we don’t love perfectly, or properly. We go through life loving and caring for those closest to us, but we need to love further. God’s word tells us to love our neighbor as ourself (Mark 12:33). Let’s look at that phrase “love our neighbor as ourself”: Love others, as i love me. I am great at loving and looking out for numero uno.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8 helps explain what love is on a relationship level:
Love is patient -People fall short of our expectations. The Lord is patient with us, so we should be patient with others
Love is kind – People could be mean, and offensive. We ought to be kind because God is kind to us.
- Love does not envy or boast – People are in different situations, and they might be better or worse than our own. We were once dead in our sin, and Jesus being God came down to die in our place. We have no place to boast, and we have it all with Jesus, so we have to place to envy
- Love isn’t arrogant or rude – We are but beggars at the Kings table. We deserve death, and God gave us life in Christ. God was humbled and became a man to save us, we should be humble as well in response.
- Love isn’t irritable of resentful – God isn’t easily angered by our bone-headed-ness, and is patient with us. We should strive to be patient and not get angry at every whim of unsatisfactory situation. We should also forgive and FORGET<– This one is difficult, but it’s loving.
Love doesn’t insist on its own way – Don’t be selfish.
- Love doesn’t rejoice in wrongdoing – When people sin, don’t celebrate it. It should grieve us, and lead us to Christ in supplication! We should, instead, rejoice in the truth of the Gospel, and its effect on people.
- Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things – We have to intentionally be in people’s lives for the long haul, hoping for the best in all situations, and giving the benefit of a doubt.
- Love never ends – Love lasts forever. When we are encountering our neighbors in the midst of all of life’s situations, love them. Love them because Jesus loves us in the midst of all of life’s situations, and our attitudes toward’s them.
In our everyday journey in between the alarm ringing, and setting the alarm, we should be loving our neighbors. Love is a battlefield, and we lose battles at times, but God’s word tells us that the war is won. When we fail at loving remember that God loved you and sent His son to die for your sins. Remember that love of the Father, which is perfect, and be encouraged to strive in loving your neighbor.