My Life Verses: 1 Corinithians 13:4-7, 13

Day 18: “Love is patient, love is kind and envies no one.  Love is never boastful, nor conceited, nor rude; never selfish, not quick to take offense.  Love keeps no score of wrongs; does not gloat over another’s sins, but delights in the truth.  There is nothing love cannot face; there is no limit to its faith, its hope, and its endurance.  In a word, there are three things that last forever: faith, hope and love; but the greatest of them all is love.” (1 Cor 13:4-7, 13)

This is a section of the Bible I have heard many times before (especially at weddings) but it mostly reminds me of when, as a high school English teacher, I brought a poster with this verse on it into my classroom.  We were doing a unit on Poetry and Love so I thought these verses really fit.  It was a big step for me to share my faith in a public school setting but I just hoped that somehow I had planted a seed in my students or sparked their interest to read more of the Bible.

I still have the poster to this day; it has some cute cherubs at the top and this particular version of 1 Corinthians 13 underneath.  Right now, it is on the wall next to the doorway of my bedroom so I “see” it everyday.  But do I really see it?  Not usually.  And that I feel is both convicting and inevitable at the same time.

Because how often in all our lives does the ordinary and the everyday get passed by because it is no longer new to us?  I think the key is to truly see people and issues (and verses) with fresh eyes each day.  But how do you do this in your own life, practically speaking?  How do you figure out the ways God daily speaks to you in your present circumstances?

For example, I do want to embody the kind of love talked about in these verses.  And, since I am merely human, I need constant reminders so that these qualities are in the forefront of my mind during my interactions with others.  But do I take time to actually read my poster and let these verses sink in each morning as I leave my bedroom?  I have obviously tried to make an effort to do so by hanging up the poster in the first place but I usually just brush it aside in the busyness of my day.

So what will it take?  What will it take for me to truly have an open and teachable spirit to what God is trying to show me each day?  What will it take before I realize that His truth is daily staring me in the face and yet I have chosen to ignore it?  What will it take?

I’m not sure and sometimes I shudder to think of what the answer might be.  And yet I know that God is always patient with me as He waits for me to come around.  “But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” (Psalm 86:15)  Let me rest in this truth and not put more on myself than God does.  To run back into His ever open arms and be just as loving towards myself as He is towards me. 

“Love is patient, love is kind and envies no one.  Love is never boastful, nor conceited, nor rude; never selfish, not quick to take offense.  Love keeps no score of wrongs; does not gloat over another’s sins, but delights in the truth.  There is nothing love cannot face; there is no limit to its faith, its hope, and its endurance.  In a word, there are three things that last forever: faith, hope and love; but the greatest of them all is love.” (1 Cor 13:4-7, 13)

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