For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. —2 Corinthians 4:6
In 1 Corinthians 13, Paul talks about fifteen different characteristics of love. Seven of them are negative: “Love does not . . .” or “love is not . . .” Eight of them are positive characteristics: “this is what love is” or “this is what love does.”
Just as a diamond has many facets, Paul holds up the diamond of love to the light. He challenges us to hold up our lives to the light and let the Master Jeweler put them under a magnifying glass.
A healthy love life, just like a diamond, is only perfected over time. It requires great care, attention, and patience to create a brilliant and valuable gem. May we be willing to use the magnifying glass of God’s Word and His Truth to reveal the defects in our love life.
Make it Personal
Ask God to open your eyes and heart so you can see any flaws in how you love others.