God’s Love for You
I Corinthians 13 is a declaration of the wonderful view of God’s love and what to expect when we know and understand that love.
Even if you can speak in other languages, prophecy and give to the poor, it means absolutely nothing without understanding the love God has FOR YOU. All you will be is a tinkling cymbal or sound of dull brass. There is a lot of noise in the church today that doesn’t mean much because people don’t really understand God’s unconditional love.
Most of what we have heard preached from this passage of scripture is how we should behave. How we should treat others.
I want to show you a different way to look at it.
God is love (1 John 4:8, and 1 John 4:16). The word "is" is a mathematical equation (i.e. God equals or is equal to love). If God is love, it stands to reason that love is God. God cannot be separated from His love therefore, love is who God is, and not something God does.
God cannot give His love away like I would give my wallet to my wife. Now if God is love then it is not something that God can turn on and off at will. It is not separate from Him. It is WHO HE IS.
The significance of this is that in order for God not to love, He would have to cease to be God, and we all know that’s never going to happen. If God is not going to cease to be God, that means God will never not love us.
So if God is love and love is God, then when we read the word love in the next few verses, it is really also talking about what love is like. When God says he loves us, this is what we can expect from Him toward us. Remember it’s His love toward us.
“Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.” --1 Corinthians 13:4
When we read this verse from the perspective of God’s love towards us, it means that when God says He loves us, He endures long and is patient and kind with us under all circumstances. It means that God will always be long-suffering and patient with us in all our endeavors in life.