Is All Love the Same?
If I speak in he tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 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. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
1 Corinthians 13
In the original Greek language, there were numerous words for love to demonstrate the different types of love that exist. There are four different types of love in koinonia Greek: agápē (Godly), érōs (erotic), storgē (family), and philía (friendship).
1 Corinthians 13 describes Godly, or brotherly love. Agápē is self giving love that gives without the expectation of it being reciprocated. It gives because it wants to, not because it has to. This love has nothing to do with emotion; in fact, it is a choice.
This love is patient, which means it is a love that is meant to endure a long time. It is patient to those who hurt us. If you look at our relationship with God, we constantly hurt Him and go against Him, yet He continues to love us nonetheless. In the same way, we are to love those with that Godly love with those who continue to hurt us.
Agápē love does not envy. Envy accomplishes nothing except hurt the one who is envied (sometimes) as well as the person who envies (always). It is a bitterness. Bitterness is like an exterminator taking rat poison and expecting the rat to die. That exterminator will die and he may or may not fall on that rat and kill it with him.
Agápē love does not boast. Love many times works quietly behind the scenes without any recognition.
Agápē love can be gentle, yet firm. You show love by not keeping record of the wrongs they have done to you and holding that over their head.
Read through 1 Corinthians 13, also known as the love chapter, and learn what Agápē love looks like. Agápē love seeks the very best for others. If you were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence through your actions that would convict you as a Christian?