I have found that people love to apply the 1 Corinthians 13 rendition of “love” to their understanding. It’s popular and easily fits in with the hippy version of “love” we’ve been taught. “Say nice words, don’t flip people off in traffic, remain passive and just get along…”
But Paul’s famous “love chapter” MUST fit within God’s greater definition.
The LAST verse of Psalm 107 says:
“Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the LORD.”
So, if we observe what came before in the Psalm, we can get a pretty good understanding of what God’s Love is really all about… and believe me, if 1 Corinthians 13 is your definition of love, you’re going to get confused.
In a nutshell, Psalm 107 states that God will do everything He can to see to it that you repent, including destroying your comfort zone. His Love for you is that great. His concern is your eternal destination, not your temporal comfort or whether or not your feelings get hurt.
Psalm 107 is NOT opposed to 1 Corinthians 13 – but rather 1 Corinthians 13 fits WITHIN Psalm 107 and each must temper the other.