I've read First Corinthians 13 many times. It's one of the few verses I remembered pretty well. In fact, I've even done a reading of the passage in the wedding of some friends several years back.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails. 1Cor 13: 4-8 [NIV]
I've heretofore only considered it akin to a commandment, e.g., how we should know what love is in order to love each other this way. That's why they like to read it at weddings, right?
But it's not just to us for us, is it?
Is this profoundly beautiful description of love not how our Father loves us? These golden truths, these perfect ideals that we desperately try to live up to: God loves us this way – perfectly and everlastingly.
And so surely we must love God this way as well.