Love is…

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.”


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