My Bible study group and I are working through 1 Corinthians. Last night we talked about 1 Corinthians 13. For those not familiar, it talks about what love is and what love is not. We talked for about an hour about the whole chapter, discussing why we should love and why it’s so hard at times. It’s such an incredible and powerful text that a person could probably read it every day for the rest of their lives and never fully grasp the depth of what love is.
I’d like to think one day I’ll finally get it right, but for now I can rest in the fact that God knows I’m still a work in progress.
Because love is patient, even when I am not.
Love is kind. Always. Not just the times I feel like being kind.
It does not envy even when it seems like everyone else has it easier than I do.
It does not boast. Especially on the days when I just want someone to tell me how incredible I am.
It is not proud. Ever. It’s not mine anyway.
It does not dishonor others even when they dishonor me.
It is not self-seeking even when I want to be selfish.
It is not easily angered even when I’m a bit grouchy.
It keeps no record of wrongs. Especially when it really hurts.
It does not delight in evil, but it rejoices in the truth.
It always protects.
Love never fails.
Love is everything I’ve ever needed and everything I could ever give.
Love is not political.
Love is gracious.
Love is not Hollywood.
Love is hard. But it’s worth it.
Love is everything.