My re-translation of the famous verses from 1 Corinthians 13 (the “Love Chapter”):
Love is patient and kind. It doesn’t envy or boast. Love is not self-seeking; it is not easily angered, keeps no record of past hurts and never delights in seeing others hurt. Love is the truth. It seeks always to trust and protect; it is always hopeful and inspirational. Love cannot fail or pass away unlike everything else in this world of forms. The more we love, the more it grows inside us eventually to perfection. We are taught – starting when we’re children – that love is modestly important in life, but as we grow in wisdom and love, we realize there is nothing more important. In the end, only love, and love’s fruit – trust and hope – remain. (1 Cor. 13:4-13 [my paraphrase]).
The growth of love inside us is mysterious and comparable to a seed. As Jesus is said to have commented: “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.” (Mark 4:26–29.)
Is the Kingdom Jesus spoke of simply love? Could it be appropriately referred to today as the Kingdom of Love?
Could it really be so simple?