There’s a price to be paid for love and in First Corinthians 13:4-8 (MSG), we see just how much it costs us to love:
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
Love comes with a price not many of us are able to afford. But, thankfully, God, who is love, has made it possible. Out of His great love for us, He gave His only Son, so that we might live through Him. And because of Jesus’ sacrifice, we can learn to love others even when it’s costly. There’s a price to pay for love, but if there wasn’t, it wouldn’t be worthwhile, it wouldn’t be our calling.