Love is the Point

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 is not about romantic love. We keep reading it at weddings, even though it is actually about a community fighting with each other and Paul putting an end to it. In part, it is because we interrupt Paul mid-thought such that we lose the context. If you read 1 Corinthians 13:1-8a, you get a much stronger picture of Paul blasting those who divide a community around which gifts are most important and grounding the Christian faith in unconditional love. The church as a whole can and should be a site for this kind of love. It is a beautiful statement about love in scripture, but maybe, it’s not quite the marrying kind.