Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Love Never Fails
Love is patient. . .
it can wait a lifetime, and if it's from God, can hold out for His perfect timing.
Love is kind. . .
it goes out of its way to help and looks beyond just what makes "me"
feel good, finding the root of the need or hurt.
It does not envy. . .
it realizes that those I love belong to God, not to me, and they are His to use as He pleases.
It does not boast . . .
it would rather listen than talk, and doesn't need to compete or succeed to feel loved in return.
It is not proud. . .
it's willing to forgive, to admit fault, and to be the first to speak up when problems happen.
It is not rude. . .
it does not exclude others throughout exclusive focus on one,
but reaches out to all who need God's love.
It is not self-seeking. . .
it's always focused on what's best for others, and how God is/wants to be at work in their lives.
It is not easily angered. . .
it quickly lets the little things pass, and forgives quickly,
not allowing the big things to form into grudges.
It keeps no record of wrongs. . .
it doesn't remember past hurts, and never dregs up old pain during new conflicts.
Does not delight in evil, but rejoices in the truth. . .
it is pure, and focuses on keeping those it loves set apart for God.
It always protects. . .
not only does is physically protect others from harm, but also emotionally,
by guarding other's hearts.
Always trusts. . .
it realizes that God is in control, and that He has my best interests at heart.
Always hopes. . .
it thinks the best of othes, never assuming to worst.
Always perseveres. . .
it never fails to lose sight of the big picture,
and how God has first loved and pursued us, in our broken state.
Love Never Fails.
I Corinthians 13:5-7