Fizzing Hearts Devotional
1 Corinthians 13
1 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;[a] but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.
4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
8 Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages[b] and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! 9 Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! 10 But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.
11 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity.[c] All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.
What does the Bible say about love?
The Bible is the most definitive (which means complete and trusted) book of knowledge, and its definition is the exact way God wants us to understand and practice his magnificent creation of love.
In fact, in verse 13, the Bible says love is the greatest of the three things that will last forever. The greatest is love.
Guess what? God loved the world he created so much that he gave his Son as a sacrifice so that we could be forgiven of our sins and live with him in heaven eternally (which means forever). It’s the most fizztastic way he could show his love.
Love isn’t about a box of chocolates—or fizzy hearts. It’s about caring for those around us unconditionally—without jealousy, forgiving them, having faith and hope, and remaining steadfast through life’s trials. It’s about having patience and kindness for everyone in our lives, whether family members, friends, or strangers we have only just met.
So if you’re sending any valentines today, do it with the pure love God gives to you.
Amazing Creator, you designed love, and you showed us just how much you love us when you sent your Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins. May we learn to practice the patience, kindness, and forgiveness that is your love. Amen.
What parts of God’s definition of love do you need to work on?