Learning to Love
1 Corinthians 2:9
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
This is the first epistle the Apostle Paul wrote to the Corinthian church. It started as a scathing letter rebuking them for their pride and their divisions on doctrine.
The city of Corinth was a major commercial hub for commerce, it had two harbors that allowed trade into Asia, Spain, Italy & Egypt. The population consisted of 220,000 free people and about 400,000 slaves.
It was also known for the famous temple of the goddess Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Temple prostitution consisted of as many as 1000 prostitutes that would apply their trade every evening, walking out of the temple down a long walkway.
Needless to say, the temptation was great. In the modern-day, I can see some correlations as we live in a time where sin is easy to fall into, one click of the mouse and you can be trapped in the sin of pornography.
After the reprimand, the Apostle Paul wanted us to see, that the wait would be worth it. Waiting upon the Lord brings great rewards, here he is also alluring us into a relationship with the Holy Spirit that will reveal to you the secret mysteries of Christ. The keywords are: for them that love him.
The Holy Spirit will show you the love of the trinity, and like a small child develops a love for their parents, you will learn to love Him too.
He is: Elohim Ahavah
The God Who Loves
Ref: The Blackaby Study Bible/ Introduction