God and algebra

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud” (1 Corinthians 13:4, NLT).

As a student, I did pretty well in math—until I got to trigonometry! I couldn’t make heads or tails of it, so that was my last math class. I do remember a little bit of algebra, which might explain why I think of it when reading this verse, along with 1 John 4:16.

There’s a formula here and it goes like this: God is love. Love is patient and kind. Therefore God is patient and kind, plus everything in the rest of the chapter. We usually think of the Love chapter as prescriptive, telling us how we should behave. But if we do the math, we see it as descriptive of the only One who truly is all these things. As we yield to and are led by the Holy Spirit, he shares who he is with us and we become more like him. Now that is some math I can get my head around!