The Way of Love
“or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;” (1 Corinthians 13:5, ESV)
Continuing from the previous verse scripture teaches that to know the true way of love, first the love of God and then to love others, we must learn to put aside self. The main idol worshiped by humanity is the idol of self. In the ancient days, the pagan gods were captured in images of stone, wood, and metal carvings. The image was derived by the person. The image reflected some aspect of man. So the main image of idolatry is our-self. When Eve was tempted in the Garden the temptation that she would be like God was what led her into sin.
Scripture teaches us here that we must continue to fight against the desires of the flesh and self-interest to learn the ways of love. We must fight the feelings of superiority over others that comes out as rudeness. We must not believe that our way is the only way, we must submit first to God’s will and wisdom. We should fight against the becoming irritable when we are not getting our own way, when others are taking advantage of us or we think they are taking advantage of us. In most cases they are not it is only that our pride makes us think others are taking advantage of us. Finally, one of the most common ways that we get caught up in ourselves is that we resent the lives of others that seem to have everything we want and desire. All these ways of the flesh prevent us from experiencing God’s love for us and from loving others. In turn our lives and the lives of everyone we encounter become fuller and richer because we have learned the ways of love.