Maturing Love


Image“When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 1 Corinthians 13:11.

1 Corinthians 13 begins with the truth that religious practices without love is worthless. Then the description of love is portrayed in the most poetic terms. Paul then describes our incomplete knowledge in this age. “For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. (9-10).” In other words, we are not complete, mature, or near perfect yet. But we should be growing up.

Then comes this verse, reminding us that as we grow up, we should be leaving childish, foolish reasoning and behavior. How does that apply to love?

It applies because love cannot be demonstrate love, as it is described, without maturity. If you think you can, have someone make you mad. The way we handle our emotions involves both maturity and love. That is when both are in juxtaposition against each other.

When we are children, no matter how much we love someone, our love is not patient and kind; love does envy or boast; it is arrogant and rude. It does insist on its own way; it is irritable or resentful; it does rejoice at wrongdoing, but does not rejoice with the truth. Love does not bear all things, believe all things, hope all things, and endure all things. And childish love ends.

It is mature love that meets the description of 1 Corinthians 13. As we mature, our love must begin to match the description as modeled by Jesus Christ. We must leave the childish reasoning and behavior to become more like our Savior.

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