Love (the real thing) happens in your soul when you understand/believe Pure Grace. When you understand that all of those good things that you have felt obligated to do to please God have already been done as far as God is concerned, credited to your “account” – those and even more than those – such that your account is already in perfect standing with God. And that He wants nothing more FROM you. He wants to give TO you. You are not His employee. You are his favorite child. He wants you to return to the Garden of Eden, so to speak, where all was provided, work was done “for fun”, not to try to gain any good thing since all was already provided. Work was done as more of a hobby. Work was done out of joy. It was indistinguishable from play. And in the state of believing those things, the joy that wells up in your soul is so great (I believe this is also called being Filled with the Spirit) that you naturally want to start spreading around all the blessings around in the direction other people. And you start doing it with the kind of joy you experienced when you played kickball with your friends outside on a beautiful summer day. It’s kind of like you don’t have any unmet needs anymore. Your dream has come true. You have everything you want. Your soul is content. You live in peace and joy. You can’t screw it up now. It’s permanent. Forever. You “made the grade” in your life. You’re a success. The story is over. You are the most valuable person in the world (tied with others). And when you are this happy, when there is no more work to do to improve the quality of YOUR life. Then you will find you naturally want to start spreading all the goodness around. Trust me. That’s what happens. In fact, you might even sell everything you have and give it to the poor (reference the last post please). Do you see how this solves the “riddle” of 1 Cor 13?
Here’s the bottom line. True love (as spoken of in 1 Cor 13) can grow as all of your needs get satisfied. As you come to understand that you already have or will be given every thing you’ve ever wanted (as you grow to believe this), you are freed up from fretting about your own life. No worries about your own life. That is being handled by Someone Else. All that’s left to do is to try to get all the people you know to be as happy as you are. It’s a fun hobby to introduce the people you know to greater happiness than you (or they) have ever known. If you were born in the 50s you may remember the TV show The Millionaire. The main character spent all his time finding people to whom he’d give a million dollars. What a fun job. I feel like that’s my job, too. But I have something worth way more than a million dollars or a billion dollars. One difference is that everyone accepts the million. Most don’t accept what God offers. God must have a solution to that problem. But that’s not a subject for this post.