Friday, July 1, 2011

Love.


The following is an expanded translation of First Corinthians 13:4-8 by Rick Renner. A friend of mine gave me a framed picture of this translation that I keep on my nightstand. Every time I read it, I'm challenged and inspired...

  • Love patiently and passionately bears with others for as long as patience is needed;
  • Love doesn’t demand others to be like itself; rather, it is so focused on the needs of others that it bends over backwards to become what others need it to be;
  • Love is not ambitious, self-centered, or so consumed with itself that it never thinks of the needs or desires that others possess;
  • Love doesn’t go around talking about itself all the time, constantly exaggerating and embellishing the facts to make it look more important in the sight of others;
  • Love does not behave in a prideful, arrogant, haughty, superior, snooty, snobbish, or clannish manner;
  • Love is not rude and discourteous — it is not careless or thoughtless, nor does it carry on in a fashion that would be considered insensitive to others;
  • Love does not manipulate situations or scheme and devise methods that will twist situations to its own advantage;
  • Love does not deliberately engage in actions or speak words that are so sharp, they cause an ugly or violent response;
  • Love does not deliberately keep records of wrongs or past mistakes;
  • Love does not feel overjoyed when it sees an injustice done to someone else but is elated, thrilled, ecstatic, and overjoyed with the truth;
  • Love protects, shields, guards, covers, conceals, and safeguards people from exposure;
  • Love strains forward with all its might to believe the very best in every situation;
  • Love always expects and anticipates the best in others and the best for others;
  • Love never quits, never surrenders, and never gives up;
  • Love never disappoints, never fails, and never lets anyone down.


1 comment:

Haley Busbey said...

wow! so powerful!! this def challenges and inspires me! :) needed it today! love you ami!