Love

“Love is large and incredibly patient.

Love transforms the spirit.

Love is gentle and consistently kind to not only each other but to others as well.

Love refuses to be jealous when blessing comes to the other.

Love does not brag about one’s achievements nor inflate its own importance.

Love does not traffic in shame and disrespect, nor selfishly seek its own honor.

Love is not easily irritated, or “overly sensitive,”  having sharp edges, or quick to take offense.

Love is not “resentful” or “does not keep score, does not stare at evil – but stares steadily at the good.

Love overlooks offenses and remains focused on what is good, refusing to hold resentment in your hearts against each other.

Love joyfully celebrates honesty, by this I mean, celebrates reality and “truth.”

Love finds no delight in what is wrong, “injustice” or “unrighteousness.”

Love is a safe place of shelter.

The word here is a love that covers all things like a roof covers the house and its inhabitants.

And like a roof protects and shields, love springs no leak.

Love that offers a safe place, each to the other, and eventually others – a shelter… not exposure.

Love does not focus on what is wrong but will bear with the shortcomings of each other.

In a world where it is easy to believe the worst, love never stops believing the best in each other.

Love never takes failure as a defeat, for it never gives up.

Love is a gift.

Love is the only gift best given – when least deserved.

All other things will pass away but these three things will ever remain… Faith. Hope. and Love.

The greatest of which is Love.”

 

Source: 1 Corinthians 13 The Passion Translation