Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on it’s own way; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends (1 Corinthians 13:4-8a).
Our highest calling is to love, and what a high calling that is. Love seems so simple, but it often feels so complex. It’s hard. It’s easier to be arrogant or rude when someone rubs me the wrong way. When I feel belittled, I want belittle in return. I want to boast in my gifts, my talents, my accomplishments, my ____ so that you will know just how great I am. At the expense of you, I want to sound great. I want to be loved, and sometimes to feel that way I overlook how I’m making the person beside me feel.
Love bears all things, even hard conversations or hurt feelings. Love believes all things. Love hopes all things and love endures all things. Love never ends. I have so much room to grow in this gift of love we’ve been given to share with the people around us. It’s a high calling, a hard calling, but he gives us grace to help in our time of need.
By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers (1 John 3:16).