Agape Love Never Fails
Agape love never fails, writes Paul to the Corinthians. And when Paul said that, he used a word that triggered an image to the Corinthians. Corinth was a Greek city with an open air ampitheater that had remarkable acoustics. It was the center for entertainment.
In ancient days, the actor memorized his lines - several hours' worth of them. Sometimes an actor would forget his lines or stumble badly. The crowd would know and begin to hiss and boo. In shame the actor would leave the stage disgraced and embarrassed.
When Paul says love never fails, he used the same word that would be used of the actor who fails or forgets his lines. Agape love, says Paul, is never booed off the stage of life.
Every individual is born with three emotional needs: 1)To give and receive love; 2)To feel worthwhile to one's self and to others; 3) To have a sense of security. When an individual is loved, he's emotionally secure and his anchor is strong enough to withstand any storm.
When it is all said and done, the great need of the world is for people to love each other with a love that puts the welfare of the other first - whether that other person is a family member or the most insignificant person in the society.
"Without love," wrote Pitirim Sorokin, "no armament, no war, no diplomatic machinations, no coercive police force, no school education, no economic or political measures, not even hydrogen bombs can prevent the pending catastrophe. Only love can accomplish this miracle, providing, however, we know well the nature of love and the efficient ways of its production, accumulation and use."
Love never fails. But where there are prophesies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 1 CORINTHIANS 13:8