I originally planned a different theme for today’s Chat, but since it is Valentine’s Day, I changed my theme to “LOVE.” “Love” is not one of the most used words in the Bible. There is just one English word for all different kinds of love. You can Google “love” and ask how many times that word is used the NKJV of the Bible, you will find less than 500. Here is a site I visited: How Many Times Is Love Mentioned in the Bible - Types of Biblical Love (biblestudytools.com). I decided to use only I Corinthians 13, which is often described as the “LOVE Chapter.” 1 Corinthians 13:
“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.
“And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
“And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
“Does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;
“Does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth;
“Bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
“Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail, whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.
“For we know in part and we prophesy in part.
“But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
“For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
“And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
If you read each statement, asking God to help you understand it all, then read 1 John 4:8; “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love,” you might figure out what is wrong in our world, our families, our homes, our churches, our towns, our counties, our states, our nation, and know what the song in my youth meant when they sang, “What the World NEEDS is Love…” I wish for each of you a Valentine experience in Love, sweet love.