“Love is patient, love is kind. Love is not envious or boastful. It is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful. Love does not rejoice in the wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” (1 Cor. 13)
I do not think it is possible to live out this passage without a powerful and real relationship with Jesus Christ. Anyone would want to be able to have and live out love like this description of it. But who can do it, in the face of being wronged, in the face of humiliation, in the face of abuse, in the face of abandonment and betrayal?
It is not a matter of becoming peaceful and detaching from anger or pain; it is a matter of truly forgiving, and loving our enemies: that is the highest way of achieving love. But without the power of Jesus in one’s life, anointing one’s spirit, giving us His power that forgives all wrongs and conquers all death, where would we get this ability? The Power in the Universe that can achieve such a miraculous state is not a Force, but a Person: a humble, loving, gentle person; God, who is a Person, who made us to love us and share with us His power, His nature, and His love.