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. I Corinthians 13;4-7
Today’s #LoveChallenge passage describes how love is characterized in both a positive and negative light.
Paul starts with some positive attributes of love (patience and kindness) but quickly delves into the opposite attitudes and behaviors which make us rather unloving (that of being envious, boastful, prideful) before ending on the positive side again.
And, he points out there are some things about true love, (in case we had any doubts on what characterized true love), that are present on every occasion, every time, without exception with the use of the term, “always.”
[Love] always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Always. Always. Always.
I don’t know about you, but I’m not in that “always” category yet when it comes to these love characteristics.
But what I can do is begin at the beginning. I can, with the Lord’s help, be more patient, be more kind.
And I believe that if we could be more patient and kind with each other we’d be on our way to avoiding many of the negative behaviors and, who knows, start realizing some of the “always” behaviors.