Friday, February 12, 2010
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient,
I will strive to be patient with the ones I love, with their failings, with their mistakes. I have those too.
Love is kind.
I will remember that it is often not what we say, but how we say it, that hurts others. I want to be remembered as someone who is kind.
It does not envy,
How can I say that I love others if I cannot be happy for them in their triumphs? Whether I share those triumphs or not.
It does not boast,
It is not proud.
I will remember that real love puts others first
It is not rude,
It is not self-seeking,
I will not look at love as a "What's in it for me?" relationship. Love is about giving.
It is not easily angered,
It keeps no record of wrongs.
I will choose to forgive as God does. He forgets the bad things I do when I am sorry. He never holds them against me again. I am forgiven, can I do less for those I love?
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
I will push down that smugness I may feel when someone "gets what they asked for". That isn't love.
It always protects,
always perseveres.... Love never fails.
It's a lot to live up to, I still fail sometimes. But I will copy this and put it where I can refer to it often. This Valentines day, I wish you all a love that never fails:>)