When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. 1 Corinthians 13:11-12
It kind of seems like Paul goes off target with today’s verses in the middle of his writing about love. But the more I thought about it the more it seemed to me a perfect fit. How many times have you seen adults act like children when it comes to love? Children are a bit selfish when it comes to love. Children want to know who mommy or daddy love the most. They don’t want to share their parents even with their siblings. And a child love can vanish in an instant when they get mad. Almost every parent has heard at one time an “I hate you” from a child, usually after you have refused to let them go to some inappropriate event.
Now think about some of the adults around you. They can seem pretty childish. I believe one of the reasons for our divorce rate in the US is too many adults engaging in selfish love. We want our needs satisfied and when they are not we look elsewhere. We want love on our terms and our way.
Paul is exhorting us to grow up. Start acting like adults. Show the love of Christ. God’s love is not selfish nor is it conditional. God loves all of us, every man, woman and child. He wants us to return His love and then to show that love to the world. A grownup love.
Have a blessed day,