1 Corinthians 13:4-5 (GW)
4 Love is patient. Love is kind. Love isn't jealous. It doesn't sing its own praises. It isn't arrogant.
5 It isn't rude. It doesn't think about itself. It isn't irritable. It doesn't keep track of wrongs.
Do remember properties and theorems from Geometry? If A=B and B=C, then A=C. As I was reading 1 Corinthians 13, I began remembering the transitive property. Let A stand for God. Let B stand for love.
1 John 4:8 (GW)
8 The person who doesn't love doesn't know God, because God is love. This verse tells us that God(A) = Love (B). [The word for love used in 1 Corinthians 13 and in 1 John 4:8 is the same word in the Greek.]
John 10:30 (GW)
30 “The Father and I are one.”
Colossians 2:9 (GW)
9 All of God lives in Christ's body.
John 1:1 (GW)
1 In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.
These verses tell us that Jesus (C) = God (A). Therefore, if God (A) = Love (B), and Jesus (C) = God (A), then Jesus (C) = Love (B).
4 Jesus is patient. Jesus is kind. Jesus isn't jealous. He doesn't sing his own praises. He isn't arrogant. 5 He isn't rude. He doesn't think about himself. He isn't irritable. He doesn't keep track of wrongs.
Jesus is patient. Jesus stands at the door and knocks (Rev. 3:20). He doesn’t pound on the door or kick the door in. He is patient with us. Just think about how many times you and I forget what we are supposed to do or know. We doubt Jesus and His love. Yet he deals with us patiently.
Jesus is kind. Jesus does not act in anger toward us but rather is gentle and kind toward us (Matthew 12:16-21). Jesus does not force Himself upon us but rather draws us to Himself through love.
Jesus isn’t jealous. There are two types of jealousy in the Bible. The first type is the selfish, destructive type. (Think of My Super Ex-Girlfriend.) Then there is the type of jealousy that is beneficial. This type of jealousy is a protective kind of jealousy. God is jealous for us. He wants to protect us from false gods, the devil, and harm (Zechariah 1:14-16). Jesus is not the destructive kind of jealous. He came not to destroy but to save.
He doesn’t sing his own praises. Jesus came to point people back to the Father. He came to bring glory to the Father (John 14:13).
He isn’t arrogant. Jesus was not proud, but rather humble. He even humbled Himself to the point of death (Philippians 2:6-11).
He isn’t rude. Jesus never was disrespectful toward people. He did speak harshly at times but that was to call people to repentance who were secure in their sins.
He doesn’t think about Himself. Jesus was not looking out for His best interests but rather for our best interests. It wasn’t in His best interest to suffer and die. It wasn’t in His best interest to become sin, the very thing He hated. But it was in our best interest. It was the only way that we could be saved.
He isn’t irritable. How blessed we are that Jesus doesn’t get cross with us! How blessed we are that Jesus doesn’t have “bad” days!
He doesn’t keep track of wrongs. This is a big one. What if Jesus kept track of our sins? What if He said, “You have exceeded your forgiveness limit!” What trouble we would be in! But Jesus forgives and forgets!
Take time to read 1 Corinthians 13 and replace the word love with Jesus. Meditate on each statement about Jesus. Think about how that applies to your life. Then ask Jesus to help you to live more like Jesus in how you love others!