The Responsibility of Love

 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth.  It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never ends. (1Corinthians 13:4-8 NRS)

“Love Is and Does” by Shevon Johnson

Too often we think of the love passage in 1 Corinthians as something we are entitled to, something we deserve.  We read it at weddings and hang it on our walls.  It’s charming in a romantic way.  However, the passage really was intended to call Christians into account.  When the Apostle Paul composed that passage, he was telling the Church in Corinth that we are to act this way to one another, even if we don’t receive this love in return.  This is precisely the kind of love Jesus Christ has offered us, and continues to pour out upon us. 

Can we love one another this way?  Can we love the stranger this way?  Can we love our enemies this way?  With the strength of God, we can.  We are called to do this very thing.

As Jesus said, “Go and do likewise” (Luke 10:37).


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