“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8
I’ve been thinking on this passage a lot lately. Looking to translate it from head to heart to hands and feet. One thing is sure, I cannot, will not do it if left to my own devices. Praise God we are not. And so we press on…
Love makes its peace with waiting, though it be a struggle.
Love speaks and acts blessing.
Love doesn’t set its heart on having what it hasn’t been given.
Love does not require the limelight to be at its best.
Love understands the need for mercy, all round.
Love repeatedly recognizes and relinquishes self-interest,
Love can let a lot go.
Love does not resort to rudeness in the face of the irritating and the irritable.
Love doesn’t celebrate that which degrades or destroys,
But, oh how it welcomes truth and fully enjoys the freedom it brings.
Love can’t just talk about justice and mercy, it must do what it can to ease the suffering of the oppressed, the neglected, and the hungry.
Love leans hard on the Lord’s declaration of faithfulness and takes Him entirely at his word, “Even though He slay me.” *
Many good things will come and go,
Many hard things must be endured,
Much remains a mystery.
But love will go the entire distance,
Love will not quit.