But in the fusing that takes place, both good and bad things can happen.When we share our lives well, we can strengthen our mate’s resolve, nurture our spouse’s well-being and encourage each other’s gifts.Similarly, loving well adds muscle to our faith (see verse 2).It doesn’t matter what kinds of obstacles we overcome or what kinds of insights we have; without acting in love toward those closest to us, even the greatest spiritual accomplishments turn to dust.But when we’ve reached the limit of our ability, stunted by our sinfulness and weakness, we can pray for grace to do better.
1 Corinthians 13:8Perhaps you’ve heard someone in a failed relationship say, “We always loved each other, but we just couldn’t get along.” They may have loved much, but they didn’t know how to love well.
Finally, loving well brings value to our sacrifices (see verse 3).
In marriage, we often sacrifice for our partner, but there can be a point at which we start keeping track of what those efforts cost us.
1 Kings 14:1–18At that time Abijah son of Jeroboam became ill, and Jeroboam said to his wife, “Go, disguise yourself, so you won’t be recognized as the wife of Jeroboam. Ahijah the prophet is there—the one who told me I would be king over this people.” 1 Kings 14:1–2Jeroboam was in a predicament.
He had served the great Israelite ruler Solomon as an official in the department of public works.