1 Corinthians 13:4-10 may be one of the most famous Scripture on Love in the entire Bible. This Scripture is read in marriage ceremonies, written in love letters, and preached about during sermons on love and marriage.
Ironically, in the context, the Scripture passage has nothing to do with marriage. The wider context of this Scripture on Love is about maintaining unity in a church with a wide diversity of spiritual gifts and personalities. Paul states that when people are having trouble getting along with one another in church, the best way to proceed is through love.
Here is what Paul writes about love in 1 Corinthians 13:4-10.
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.
Probably most people are familiar with the New International Version:
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. 7It 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. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.
Certainly, there are principles here which apply to all forms of love, and which can help heal, mend, and make better any and every relationship, but ultimately, in this Scripture Paul is concerned about unity within the church.
Ultimately, love comes down to thinking of others more than yourself, overlooking wrongs done to you, and being as patient and kind toward others as you would want them to be patient and kind toward you.
We must focus on growing in love toward others, because out of all the things we develop in life, it is the one thing that will last into eternity.
Scriptural Books on Love
Here are some helpful books for learning more about what Scripture teaches on the topic of love. Click on a book below to see pricing and reviews.