Love is Invincible (1 Corinthians 13:13)
How Is Love Invincible?
1 Corinthians 13:13 (ESV): “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
Why is the greatest love? Because love is invincible. Invincible means: “Too powerful to be overcome or defeated”. WOW. Love is too powerful to ever be overcome or defeated. But there’s more behind this “invincible love”. It’s not like that “just because…” But rather because God is love and He is undefeated!
Let’s look at what love really is…
What Does Invincible Love Look Like?
There is only one way to describe love. And that is through our Savior. When sin entered the world, God knew something needed to be done. He knew that we were not perfect, rather we were so full of sin that we would not make it into His kingdom. We would forever perish. So, as John 3:16 tells us, He sent His one and only Son to die on the cross. Jesus was crucified for us. And let me tell you something, He didn’t have to die in our place and take upon Himself, our punishment. It was His choice.
John 10:17-18 (ESV): “For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”
He was beaten, He was persecuted, He was betrayed, He was denied, and He was hung on the cross… He was crucified. All for us. What other “god” does that my friends? To go through so much pain for a bunch of sinners? Trading His perfection for our sin and death. Talk about selfless love! Jesus died for us because of the love He had for us. And through that, we are given the gift of love.
Matthew 24:12-13 “12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold.13 But the one who endures to the end will be saved.”
The Greek word for love is “agape”. I mentioned it earlier. Agape is used “by the Spirit of revelation to express ideas previously unknown.” Jesus said, “a new commandment I give to you, that you love (agape) one another; as I have loved you” (John 13:34). This love had not been previously known to mankind; He was the very One who introduced it. He defined it with the phrase: “…as I have loved you”. This love expresses the deep and constant ‘love’ and interest of a perfect Being towards entirely unworthy objects. In essence, it speaks of the unconditional love of God; the love poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom Jesus said, “The world cannot receive” (Rom. 5:5; John 14:17). This love can be found only in those who have received Jesus Christ as their Savior.
So what does invincible love look like? It looks like a savior dying on the cross to save sinful mankind. It looks like an innocent, perfect man taking an unfair punishment for the love of people. It looks like us being set free through one man, one savior.
How Can We Apply Invincible Love To Our Lives?
Through Jesus’ death, we are introduced to a kind of love that is unconditional and invincible. We can only get this undefeated love through uniting with our Savior. And this love will endure forever, because Christ’s love for us is eternal. Paul says, “Faith, hope, and love abide, but the greatest is love”. We have faith, hope, and love through Christ, but the most important is love. Why? Because God is Love (1 John 4:8).
There are three things that we need to focus on in order to apply this love to our lives.
- We need to recognize the love Christ has for us. Without truly seeing the love of Christ, we cannot fulfill the commandment to love others just as he loves us. That would make our “love” false and untrue.
- We need to accept that love into our lives.We can’t just go on living like there’s nothing there after we have recognized that there is a love our there as great as our God’s. We need to let it in and grasp on to it. To know about God’s love and then reject it is disobedience in itself. As Paul states in the beginning of 1 Corinthians 13, anything we say or do is nothing without love. To make our actions worth something, as in not completely useless, we need to make this love apart of our daily lives.
- We need to reflect Christ’s love to the world. We are commanded to go out in to the world and be disciples. We are commanded to love one another just as Christ has loved us. Friends, Paul isn’t just talking about here in the church, he is talking about the world. We cannot contain the love Christ gives us here in the church. To neglect to share the love of Christ to the world and to keep it here in this small box (church) would be to accept Christ’s love, but to not fully acknowledge the power of it.