MARRIAGE + LOVE by Art Kuhl, Contributor

1st Corinthians chapter 13 – God’s greatest gift

Most people have heard these verses most likely at a wedding ceremony. It is one of the most beautiful chapters in the New Testament. When a couple gets married they are usually madly in love but some of this feeling of love is driven by hormones. Does a young couple really know how beautiful love is and can be?

It certainly is God’s greatest gift to us since all of His other gifts like grace, forgiveness, mercy, and all other blessings come to us because His love for us. God loved us so much that he gave His only begotten Son that we might be saved and redeemed from sin.

While the words in this Scripture are so beautiful, we as humans and sinners can only aspire to reach love’s pinnacle. When we think of the divorce rate in marriages, it is clear that the love that started out did not bloom and continue to grow through the years.

Was it that on or both partners wouldn’t bend some or compromise to solve a problem? When we read the words love is patient, love is kind, love is not envious or boastful. Or arrogant, or rude it describes how a marriage should really be. To love this kind of life requires a lot of sacrifice and compromise, but the rewards will certainly come. No, I’m not saying everything will be a bed of roses, but striving for this type of living is certainly a lofty goal.

We know that many marriages come together with each partner bringing their own baggage into the relationship and unless that baggage is tossed out the relationship is very likely to fail. Did you ever hear someone say about a couple getting married “oh, they won’t last long” or “you know they will probably last at least 50 years”. In reality only God knows how long a marriage will last. When a marriage begins, it’s time to toss out a lot of the past, and establish some new and higher standards.

It’s really amazing that the words in this chapter can really give us a solid foundation for how to live our lives with God as our Father! These beautiful words can guide us with our family and friends as well.

Remember, that famous song by Jackie DeShannon “what the world needs now is love sweet love”. Remember the words that follow “it’s the only thing that there’s just too little of”. Think of the world’s problems and how God’s greatest gift would make our world like heaven on earth!

Contributor – Art Kuhl