Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails – 1 Cor 13:4-8
You have to truly believe – Faith – in this word to exhibit the love that God has placed in our hearts through His Holy Spirit. We are human and are incapable of loving in this way without His help. The verse that comes to mind is John 15:2 – I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
We need God to help us love one another unconditionally without ceasing. If you have purchased my second novel and I have had the pleasure of signing it for you, then you will know that I always sign it with the words – Love never fails. I truly believe that love covers all wrongs, so today as you celebrate Valentine’s Day with your love ones, remember 1 Cor 13:4-8. It doesn’t matter if you receive a box of chocolates or a diamond ring—what matters the most is how you love one another.
Many relationships (friendships, marriages, parents/children, etc.) have been Restored not by chocolates, but by loving someone that the world deems unworthy of it. If you think about it, this is what Jesus did for us at the cross. John 15:13 – Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friend.
God bless and enjoy this special day!
Ayesha L. Shoulders