“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; loves does not parade itself, it is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek it’s own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8a
I think we all grow up with some kind of fantasy of what ‘being in love’ is like. All rainbows and sunshine. It is not until we get into relationships that we realize that the rain comes before the rainbow. Love is work and it is a choice. I’ve seen too many young marriages give up after a very short time. It’s so sad to me. Relationships, especially marriages, take work and commitment.
That’s the point of the scripture above.
Love is…patient (long suffering) and kind (show one useful).
Love…does not envy (is not jealous over).
Love…does not parade itself (does not boast on themselves)
Love is…not puffed up (is not proud-haughty)
Love is…not rude (does not act/behave selfishly)
Love…does not seek it’s own (does not worship themselves-self centered)
Love is…not provoked (not easily exasperated)
Love…think of no evil (does not think bad or injurious thoughts of others)
Love…does not rejoice in iniquity (does not take joy in immoral acts-by character or life)
Love…rejoices in the truth (celebrates the truth)
Love…bears all things (endures patiently-always)
Love…believes all things (has faith and respect-always)
Love…HOPES all things (expects and confides in-always)
Love…endures all things (keeps steady-remains-bears during trials-always)
Love…NEVER FAILS (will never cease to exist)
That IS love. Love is precious. Having someone to love and have them love you back is a blessing from God. We will likely never fulfill all these ‘love is’ examples all the time. We’re human and we (me at least) get cranky and selfish at times. But I was reminded during a conversation with a friend last night how very precious the love that I have with my honey is. Not everyone is so lucky.
We each show our love in different ways. And we each like love to be shown to us in different ways. One of the ways my honey shows his love for me is what he does for me, usually all without my asking. Last week he spent his day off replacing several of the plants in my flower garden in our front yard (where our oak tree used to be) and this week (yesterday) he spent his day off expanding my garden so I can plant my fruit and veggies soon (pic above). He shows his love for me through the work that he does.
Another way ( or idea) to get to know how to show each other love can be found in the book ‘The 5 Love Languages’. I haven’t had the opportunity yet to read it myself, my daughter recently mentioned it to me. It explains that when you are able to display your love for someone in a way that they relate best to-it will often feel more fulfilling for themselves and then for you too.
Love those that are around you the best you can. Ask God to open your heart and mind to both see the love that surrounds you and ways you can show it others.
I pray that God pours out His love and blessings on you and yours today.
God bless. In Jesus’ precious name.