April 27th, 2012 | Tags: • 1 Corinthians 13, acceptance, devotion, fidelity, friendship, God, grace, Henri J. M. Nouwen, kindness, love, nurture, protection, truth, wisdom
Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
– 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 MSG
In those moments when we are especially aware of the Lord’s compassion, patience, mercy, and grace, we again learn the lesson: Love doesn’t originate with us, but in God. We can love one another because God is the source, the substance, and the completion of our love.
Living in the reality of this great truth is possible for all of us. Yet how easily we become discouraged and frustrated in our quest to give and receive love!
Dare to love and to be a real friend. The love you give and receive is a reality that will lead you closer and closer to God as well as those whom God has given you to love.
– Henri J. M. Nouwen
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