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The Love Verse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m sure we’ve all been to a wedding where the officiate has read the “Love verse” from 1 Corinthians 13 which says….

v4 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never ends.

And even though it’s read so often, especially now as I write this it – is the Valentine’s season… do we ever stop to notice what this says about the nature of love?

Love always assumes the best about others. If someone unintentionally hurts you, love says that you choose to believe it was an accident. If someone hurts you on purpose, love says that you “bear all things,” which means you forgive unconditionally.

If you can turn a negative event into a positive one – you go for it. If someone repeatedly comes after you – again and again, love says that you “endure all things.”

When I stand with a couple at the marriage altar, I wan them to understand that love means you never give up and never lose hope.

Love is hope.

Just when you think it’s too hard, or that you can’t love anymore – you remember that Christ “endured all things” for you on the cross.

And you give a little more.

 

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