I was once asked to read I Corinthians 13 at a wedding. I Corinthians 13, of course, is the greatest essay on the subject of love in all of literature. After the ceremony, a young woman in the wedding party came up to me and began to complement me on the words that I shared. After a little probing, I discovered that she thought that I had actually written I Corinthians 13!
Well, I explained that I was reading the New Testament, and those words were inspired by God himself to tell us what true love is. I Corinthians 13 was written to a very troubled church, the church at Corinth, which was being consumed by infighting and division. In this passage, we discover that God’s love, the love we are commanded to express to others, cannot be defined in one word. We see that the biblical portrait of love is multi-dimensional. (more…)