The Way of Love

1 Corinthians 13: 1-8 taken from The Message

If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.

If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.

If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up.

Love cares more for others, than for self.

Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.

Love doesn’t strut,

Doesn’t have a swelled head,

Doesn’t force itself on others,

Isn’t always “me first,”

Doesn’t fly off the handle,

Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,

Doesn’t revel when others grovel,

Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,

Puts up with anything,

Trusts God Always,

Always looks for the best,

Never looks back,

But keeps going to the end.

Love never dies.

Isn’t that just amazing? That is how God loves me everyday, but I know I am not loving others in that way and I should be. This is such an excellent reminder for me, on Valentine’s Day, for how I need to be loving others. Happy Valentine’s Day and be sure that you tell those you love how special they are to you today and how much you love them!
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