Naturally when we think of this title, we reflect back on 1 Corinthians 13 and try to apply some of these principles to practical circumstances. We might also reflect on Proverbs 31 and the wife performing her entrustment as “unto the Lord Himself”. Love causes us to function in a manner that is contrasted with the “norm” of life.
I have the privilege of traveling in a circle of people here in Sun City and Sun City West where I see love epitomized constantly. We have more celebrations of 50th Anniversaries and quite a few 60th anniversaries, as well as being beset by such a large number of deaths, that you cannot help but watch the practical aspect of these marriages.
I entered a home, took one look at the family, and knew what the travesty of a stroke had created. There was only a look of love in the companion’s eye after undergoing extreme exhaustion created by a stroke in her partner’s life. She was determined to do the job of three nurses. She was not the first or last; I see it numerous times each week.
Tears flow from the eyes of many as they share with me the hurt they feel watching their partner deteriorate with the accompaniment of “old age”. Given a choice in the matter, many of them would swap places.
You may have heard the story of how a news reporter’s wife, pregnant with child, sought to exchange her own life for that of her captive husband. Love knows no bounds.
The Apostle John conveyed a message of unusual magnitude when he said in I John 5:10… “In this is love, not that we loved God, but He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” Love knows no bounds!
When we fall in love, we reach out, extending ourselves beyond the bounds of normality; we will, if necessary, die for our partner. It is comprehensible only if we catch a glimpse of God’s love for us. After what He did, how can we do less?
Love is epitomized in God’s love for us in Christ. If practiced, it demands the ultimate of our life given back in love to HIM.