Charity suffereth long, and is kind;
Charity envieth not;
Charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
Doth not behave itself unseemly,
Seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked,
Thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity,
But rejoiceth in the truth;
Beareth all things,
Believeth all things,
Hopeth all things,
Endureth all things.
Charity never faileth…
[1 Corinthians 13:4-8]
Over the past couple of months my fiancé and I have been memorizing 1 Corinthians 13. We enjoy taking time to memorize together and holding each other accountable. When you purpose to learn portions of Scripture they suddenly take on a new meaning. I love seeing the new perspective that God gives as you go.
There are two new ways I’ve seen that you can view and apply this passage. One is as a description of God’s love.
God is patient…
He is kind.
He is merciful (“not easily provoked”).
He is holy and is grieved by sin.
He rejoices in righteousness.
His love never fails.
I have loved thee with an everlasting love:
therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
The other perspective – the convicting one – is learning to put it into action.
To show love to others…
Don’t promote yourself.
Mind your testimony.
Seek good for others – die to your own selfishness.
Be slow to anger.
Be grieved by sin.
Rejoice when truth and righteousness are pursued.
Bear suffering patiently.
Be quick to believe; slow to doubt.
Don’t lose hope.