Cade Gibson | Author, That Guy & Love Doctor
1 Corinthians 13:8-13
These verses about love have been read and spoken for hundreds of years, and I can imagine they’ve been read and spoken at millions of weddings and even funerals. Why is it that this 4 letter word is so strong? Why is it that we always wish we could say “I love you,” one last time to those who we are no longer with us? Why is this word the one that destroys or builds a marriage? Why do we cry out because God, “loves” us? What does love even mean? Well, I am here to tell you that Love, at the basic level, is why we are alive. At the end of it all, love will be there.
Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears.
The first verse is what I think is all you will ever need to know for the rest of your life. When you get a promotion at work, love never fails. When you lose a loved one love never fails. Regardless of what promises and what prophecies are made, love will last forever. That is one of the reasons why when you get married, the minister says, “until death do you part.” That shows that love lasts for this entire life. Verse 10 says that when it is complete, all but love will disappear. Love is made to last.
When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
This is some of the most powerful scripture in the Bible, in my opinion, because we see just how diverse love is. We are as a child when it comes to understanding love, just as we are to understand God. We will never fully understand this feeling we have until we come face-to-face with God.
Yet, we have such a strong conviction from love. We feel love toward humanity with compassion. We feel love toward our children through our pride and protectiveness. We feel love toward our family through connection and memories. We feel love to our spouse through the admiration and compassion we can’t help but have for them. We don’t understand love, but we know it is there, and we know who created it. Most of all, we know it when we feel and see it.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Ending with this verse is only fitting to describe this amazing action that we have and God has for us. God shows us that we will always have three things in the best and the worst of our life. We can always have faith in God. We can always have hope God has given us. We can have the love God has put in us and He has for every one of us. Nothing in this world will last, and there will be a day when this earth will be no more. But, I can promise you, there will never be a day without Love. Love is forever.
Love never fails.