1 Corinthians 13:7 Love “always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
The Message says: “Love puts up with anything. Trusts God. Always looks for the best. Never looks back, but keeps going to the end.”
Love looks at the positive side of everything! If we love, we will guard, care for, and shield those in trouble or in need. If we love, we will trust God and we will trust others in spite of their shortcomings. If we love, we will see the glass as half full – at least.
If we love, we will live in the present and look forward to the future. We will forget the past. We will forget the hurts and betrayal of others. We will focus on the good, true and lovely in the present and expect grand things in your future kingdom.
If we love, we won’t give up. We will press on as Paul did. We will persist. We won’t quit.
Lord, this is a hard, yet marvelous recipe to follow. Teach us to love through your Holy Spirit.