Whenever I ask anyone about how they feel when they read 1 Corr 13, most confess they are seriously challenged. That's probably an understatement! The whole subject of Love is something we all aspire to.
1 Corr 13, is a summary of the outworking or the fruit, Love bares. When a person reads through the list or they allow the list to read their life, instinctively the list is checked off. The person assesses how many they can relate to as working in their life.
Here's the thing: we often try to work these great characteristics and attributes into our lives and miss the mark of finding Love! Look at this another way, when you find Love and function in it, 1corr:13 is the fruit your life will exhibit. This doesn't work the other way around! I will use the analogy of an apple. An apple doesn't have to try to be an apple, it is one.
When you Love you don't have to try to be patient or forgiving, you just naturally do it. Scripture state's God is Love, I John 4:8 NKJV
He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
There is a teaching out there that says if you are busy loving people or being love to them then you are likened to being God to them. This is false teaching.
The power of love is confirmed and demonstrated by its fruit. When Jesus was asked the question about the greatest commandment here's His answer.
Matthew 22:36-40 NKJV
“Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”
The interesting part of His reply is the last sentence. This last sentence really puts everything into perspective. When you LOVE God's way then you move into a place where there is no law against love, because LOVE fulfills all the laws!
This is a life-transforming revelation!
Can you imagine not having to try being anything because you are it?
Like my apple analogy, imagine an apple trying to become a banana?
# Be honest with yourself and write a list of all the attributes of love listed in 1 Cor:13 you would love to be?
# Have you ever had a revelation of the truths from the scripture in Math 22:36 - 40?
# How does it feel to know that when you have God's love permeating in your heart, you don't have to try to be loving, you just are loving?
Some more scripture translations of the same verse.
Romans 5:5 TPT
And this hope is not a disappointing fantasy, because we can now experience the endless love of God cascading into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who lives in us!
Romans 5:5 NKJV
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Romans 5:5 AMP
Such hope [in God’s promises] never disappoints us, because God’s love has been abundantly poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.