Love is patient and kind;
love does not envy or boast;
it is not arrogant or rude.
It does not insist on its own way;
it is not irritable or resentful;
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 (ESV)
Just this past week, I’ve heard this passage used at a funeral, a wedding, a Sunday morning sermon…and now in a Valentine’s week blog. It’s been used for centuries…because the message is timeless…and true.
I looked at several different translations before I chose the one above. Each one was wonderfully worded, but I wanted to use the one with language most similar to the one we use today for a reason: the message in these verses is too important to miss. This is more than just “special occasion” Scripture! This is how we’re supposed to live every single day.
As I looked through the different translations, I also read the remaining verses of Chapter 13. Although THE MESSAGE is considered more of an interpretation than a translation, I read over it as well, and I found that I really liked the way Peterson interpreted verse 13:
“Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.”