“1 If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”
— 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
Love is not a feeling, love is a character. In everything we do, we must love what we’re doing. Kapag tayo’y nagsasabi ng mga magaganda at inspiring na salita pero wala namang kasamang pagmamahal o sincerity… walang kasaysayan ang sinasabi natin. Tandaan natin na kaya tayo nagsasalita sa ating kapwa ay dahil may pakialam tayo sa kanila at mahal natin sila. Gusto natin silang ilagay sa tama at dagdagan ang kanilang kaalaman tungo sa tamang daan. Balewala ang lahat ng kaalaman at kakayanan mo kung wala itong pagmamahal na kasama. Kahit meron ka pang faith that can move mountains, kung walang love, ito ay balewala. Kahit na i-sacrifice natin ang lahat ng meron tayo para sa mga nangangailangan, kung hindi naman nating mahal ang ating ginagawa, balewala pa rin ito. We have to love what we’re doing so we can express the sincerity and reality of our actions. Or we could be like this pencil that can’t complete the heart because it’s broken.
“4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
– 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love is patient, love is kind. Love is gentle. It takes time to love ‘coz it is patient. Love doesn’t involve bad things ‘coz it is kind. It does not envy because it is always fair. Walang kinakampihan ang tunay na pagmamahal. Walang kinaiinggitan ang tunay na pagmamahal. It does not boast. Hindi pinagmamayabang ang pagmamahal. Hindi mo kailangang ipagsigawan sa buong mundo ang pagmamahal dahil ipinapakita ito. When you love someone, be still with it. You don’t have to prove it, you just have to show it or express it. Love is not proud. It is humble. Pride doesn’t portray love. When you love, you must humble yourself. Give way, let go and let it be. Love is not rude. It can’t be love if you are hurting. Love can’t be undeveloped because it should be full-grown and mature. Love is not self-seeking. It is not selfish. You can’t call it love if it’s you who wants this and that for someone. It does not seek your own interest but the interest of others. When you love, it is not just you who wants to rule but anyone, everyone wants to rule. So, love is a character of anyone who wants to rule and be-ruled. It seeks the interest of one another. It is fair and just. Love is not easily-angered. It is calm and must be controlled. Ang isang maliit na bagay o maliit na pagkakamali ng isang tao na kinagalit mo… it doesn’t define love. Kung tutuusin, ang love ay walang tampo. Dahil ang tampo ay isang maliit na galit, ngunit ang galit, maliit man o malaki ay galit pa din. So when we love, we must not complain, because loving bears a lot of trials and pain, pero part yun ng pagmamahal so we have to lengthen our patience para hindi tayo unahan ng galit kahit sa konti o malaking pagkakamali. Love doesn’t keep record of wrongs. Kung mahal natin ang isang tao, hindi natin dapat isa-isahin o isumbat ang kanyang pagkakamali, sa halip tulungan natin siyang magbago. We must not condemned anyone to the sins he have done, we must forgive and give them the chance to change. Lahat tayo ay binigyan ng pagkakataon upang magbago. Kung talagang mahal natin ang isang tao, we will always give them the chance to change, and forgive, if possible, to forget.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Love is never pleased with the evil things. Love can’t be joyous when it sees bad things around because love is right when it’s in the truth. Love is always true, it never lies. Love always wants the truth. We should never fool anyone from our lies. Masamang manloko lalo na sa pagmamahal. Marami ang masasaktan. Love always protects. Walang sinuman ang nalalagay sa kapahamakan kapag tunay ang pagmamahal. Ang pagmamahal ang magliligtas sayo sa kahit anong pagsubok. Love always trusts. Kung wala kang tiwala sa taong sinasabi mong mahal mo, hindi pagmamahal ang ipinapakita mo. Kung magmamahal ka dapat matuto kang magtiwala, dahil hindi pagmamahal ang puno ng pagdududa at hinala sa kapwa. Alisin ang duda at magtiwala ng buong puso sa taong minamahal, dahil kung mahal ka din niya… hindi ka niya bibigyan ng dahilan upang siya’y pagdudahan mo. Love always hopes. Ang tunay na pagmamahal ay puno ng pag-asa at hindi kailanman nawawalan ng pag-asa. Laging positive ang love, dahil lahat ay kaya nitong lagpasan dahil ito’y matibay at walang hindi kayang gawin. Love always perseveres. Hindi ito sumusuko. God blesses those who persevere. He loves persistent people. Love is persistent, it is continuous and it never stops. Love is always there even if there are a lot of troubles or difficulties. Love always exists whenever or wherever you are, it can’t be gone.
“8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”
– 1 Corinthians 13:8-12
Love never fails. Love always wins. If your love is true, you will never fail. Your love will never be broken and it will stay forever. Ang pagmamahal ay hindi kailanman babagsak as long as it’s in the right path. Walang makakasira sa tunay na pagmamahal. If there are predictions, it will cease. If there are tongues or gossips, they will be stilled or silenced. If there is knowledge, it will just pass away. Love is not about predictions, gossips or even knowledge. If it’s about these things then you’re talking about imperfect love. We know that when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. And as we know what “TRUE LOVE” is… we must put away all the wrong things we once thought about love. Huwag na nating ipagpilitan ang akala nating kahulugan ng pagmamahal, we have to believe and take these things into practice and share it to all the people we love. Even as we know in part, then we should know fully.
“13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
– 1 Corinthians 13:13
Among the three: faith, hope and love… the greatest is LOVE. And that doesn’t require an explanation. We knew it in our own heart, mind and soul. It is within us and it will always be present on our lives.