by Andrew Wells
In 1 Corinthians 13, the Apostle Paul begins the lesson on love by showing the
worthlessness of divine knowledge, divine gifts, and even great sacrifice when
they are employed without love.
In this post, we will examine love in its highest form as characterized by the Greek verb agapo (see Vines
Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Word pgs. 381-382 for a complete definition).
In order to better understand the conviction, "Love is greatest of all," let’s summarize the following ideas
about love from its definition to guide us through our discussion.
1. Love is intimate and intense – Deut. 6:4-5; John 17:26, John 15:15
2. Love is sacrificial and selfless – Romans 5:8; John 15:13
3. Love in obedient and loyal (Covenant Keeping) – John 15: 10; 2 John 1:6 and John 14:15
Beloved, if we are to love our spouses, it must be intense and intimate. Learning to love intensely begins in our walk with God. God in the schema asks His followers to love Him with the total essence (heart, soul and might).
If we give all of ourselves, there shouldn't be leftovers for anything, or anyone else.
In order to love Him this way, we must be intimate, or closely acquainted with Him so that an interpenetration of
thoughts, feelings, and intentions can occur.
We acquaint or associate ourselves with God by spending time with Him in prayer, devotional reflection,
and reading. One of the results of this is that we began to know and discriminate what is God from what is not God.
Do you know what your spouse is and what your spouse is not? Is that blended together with what you are and are not?
Have you invested your total essence into intimate and intense commingling of thoughts, feelings and intentions?
Do we find our spouses screaming "You don’t know me at all?"
Sure, it could be angry ranting but couldn't it also be true?
It could be that we have not become one with our spouses, because we have leftovers reserved for something or someone else.
Next month, we’ll continue to explore Godly love in the marital relationship.