While I am still processing what I saw this morning, it was different.
As I was reading through the passage, again, 1 John 4:8 came to mind; specifically, “…God is Love”. Hard on the heels of that thought, Galatians 5:22 forced its way into my consciousness, “…the fruit of the Spirit is love…” Now, I may be courting heresy here, but it seems like the love in 1 Corinthians 13 is not something that we can do on our own.
John 15:5 joined the other verses clamoring for attention. If I do not abide in Christ, I cannot do anything, which would seem to include love.
John 8:31 – 32, and John 15:7, seem to suggest that the Word of God plays some part in our abiding in Christ.
If this line of thinking is correct, one would expect that a person who is not regularly abiding in the Word, abiding in Christ, is incapable of love. That would also seem to suggest that the things that are presented as love by those who are not so abiding, are not actually love.
Believing Men, who are charged with loving their wives, with raising their children in the Lord, and loving others as themselves, who are not consistently in the Word of God, have no hope of doing any of those assignments.
Even when we are consistently in the Word, if we are not allowing the Word to impact us, to change the way we think (Romans 12:1 – 2), if we are not trusting Him to love through us. We are pretty much guaranteed to fail.