Read out 1 Corinthians 13 at Nightingales today, part of the service we do there once a month. In case you don’t recognise the reference, it is the passage about love that Paul wrote.
Some of the residents may have had it read out at their weddings, others will have just heard it in passing, but it has an arresting quality. It insists you listen.
It is not a poem, though it is read out as such. And though it seems to be about love, it isn’t.
Like everything Paul wrote, I get the sense that he wrote with enthusiasm, with a child-like innocence of the amazing truth of what he had come to experience and know. Jesus is the word of God, made flesh. We are living epistles, God’s truth written in lives. Paul’s words point to his experience of God. His words invite us to experience the same at God’s spirit.
1 Corinthians 12 is about the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 14 is about the Holy Spirit. And so is 1 Corinthians 13, but Paul names his experience of the Holy Spirit as love. As John wrote, God is Love.
Experience and Share.