It took a lot of falls for us to learn to walk -- imagine how many bumps and bruises we're going to get leaning to love.
I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not;
I will lead them in paths they have not known;
I will make darkness light before them and crooked things straight.
Grown Up Love
Taking lessons in love from the world is like learning to drive from a drunk.
The problem we see among the worldly is that they seek for a love separated from consequence (an impossibility), believing they can eat of the forbidden fruit and yet somehow remain in paradise (they cannot).
I guess the wicked never stopped building their tower of Babel -- they are still seeking today a heaven without God.
The apostle Paul, speaking of charity, said
When I was a child I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child:
But when I became a man I put away childish things.
(1 Cor. 13:11)
Without God’s gift of charity, we will continue to love at an 8th-grade-level. (Not my best year.)
Christ is going to teach us a better way.
When we love as Christ, with pure love, people notice. That kind of love stands out like a bright neon orange vest upon which all can read: CAUTION: CHRIST AT WORK.
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples
if ye have love one to another.
Because God is holy, His love must be so, too.
This holy love certainly doesn't seem to come from this world. It must transcend culture and time; be the same in Africa or America; the same for our first primeval parents as it is for you and me.
“Charity never faileth” because it is grounded in the unchanging character and goodness of God.