1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
How could we have a Valentine’s Day celebration without this verse?
Some different versions use different wordings, that can show us many meanings. ‘patient’ and ‘suffers long’, for example, are basically the same but have slightly different meanings.
‘Parade itself’ and ‘proud’ are another set. ‘Parade itself’ to me means showing off, while pride can be a lot of things.
This is a really long list, so try this: go to one of the versions and break the passage down. Like this:
“Love is patient, love is kind.” “It does not envy,” “it does not boast,” “it is not proud.” “It is not rude,” “it is not self-seeking,” “it is not easily angered,” “it keeps no record of wrongs.” “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.” “It always protects,” “always trusts,” “always hopes,” “always perseveres.”
Then put the word love in where it says ‘it’, and from ‘trusts’ on, put ‘love in the beginning. (‘It does not envy’ to ‘love does not envy’, and ‘always trusts’ to ‘love always trusts’).
This list is something we have heard many, many times, but we should use it as a checklist. “Is this love? Is it patient, kind, not jealous, doesn’t boast…” if the ‘love’ goes against any of these things, it is not really love.
In His Service,