Love is patient and is kind; love does not envy. Love does not brag, is not proud, doesn’t not act inappropriately, is not selfish, is not provoked, and takes no account of evil; love finds no joy in unrighteousness but rejoices in the truth; love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. ~1st Corinthians 13:4-8
Meditate on these things, my brothers and sisters, they deserve greater room in us than brief thought.
Jesus said to be perfect in love, even as our Father is perfect, and I believe this command is secured for us by the blood of Jesus Christ and the resurrection power of the Holy Spirit. This command is the central work of regeneration in the new believer; namely, that though it was once true of us that we did not seek God, nor knew the way of peace, the light of Christ was made to shine brightly in our hearts and we have been washed and regenerated so that we now hunger and thirst after righteousness and enjoy the communion of the Holy Spirit.
Love is patient. Love grants time and space for the sake of others without regard to its own suffering- and doesn’t grow dim as time wanes onward.
Love is kind. Love chooses to be gentle rather than gruff, to exercise tender care rather than rough handling of others. Its desire is to show benevolence towards those who need help, even at great cost to itself.
Does not envy
Love does not envy because love rejoices with others when they receive blessings. It finds satisfaction in others success.
Does not brag
Love does not brag. Love does not take stock of its own accomplishments to parade them before others eyes, nor try to invoke envy from others but protects them from the stumblings block of envy and bitterness. It does not boast in its own accomplishments or use them against others.
Is not proud
Love is not proud. Love considers other people above itself and desires to meet other peoples needs above its own. It does not measure itself against others nor count itself higher than others.
Love does not act inappropriate. Love considers the acceptable behavior for whatever environment it finds itself in and rejoices in behaving in such a way that builds others up in their natural element. It does not insist on its own customs, but learns proper behavior for the sake of others.
Love is not selfish. Love does not seek to meet its own needs and wants because it is compelled with an open heart towards others. It is willing to spend and be spent for the sake of others.
Love is not provoked. Love does not avail itself to injury or respond to harms with anger, outbursts, and wrath. Rather, love turns away injury and seeks peace.
Keeps no record
Love keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not remember injuries received. It is quick to forget hurt and harm and looks for ways to find reconciliation, mercy, and forgiveness.
No joy in unrighteousness
Love does not rejoice in unrighteousness. Love is grieved intensely by the unrighteous fruit that brings death. It never seeks out the dry parched desert of unrighteousness.
Rejoices in truth
Love rejoices in truth. Love finds green pastures and cool shade for rest in truth. It welcomes truth and does not resist it.
Bears all things
Love bears all things. Love is willing to endure all trials and suffering for the good of all. It is willing to receive abuse and be treated spitefully for the Holy Name from Whom love comes.
Love believes all things. Love trusts with a secure heart. It is not double minded because it is convinced of greater things to come.
Love hopes all things. Love has greater expectations for the future than what is currently seen or understood. It is not disappointed by current trials because it has a secure future.
Love endures. Love does not grow weary in doing good or burn out when pressed. It is refined by the heat of the day and remains when hope is realized.
Love never fails. Love has no end. It is forever!
May all the children of God be blessed in peace and grace. Let love be pure and undefiled, and guard against the sin that so easily strangles love and causes it to grow cold.