HOW TO LOVE WELL: A Revised Version of 1 Corinthians 13

It doesn’t matter what my spiritual gifts are. My words are clanging cymbals to others’ ears if I don’t love…….

If I have the gifts of truth, knowledge, and faith,  I am nothing if I don’t love…….

If I lose or give everything I have to the poor, I gain nothing if I don’t love……

If I lose or surrender my body to death, I gain nothing if I don’t love……
What am I to do?

I will be patient when I want things to end quickly.

I will be kind when I am in a position to be rude.

I will not envy when others aren’t in my situation.

I will not boast or be proud when I am not in others’ predicaments.

I will not be rude when others don’t understand.

I will not be self seeking when others are down and out.

I will not be easily angered because it is reactionary, not responsive.

I will not keep a record of wrongs when there’s a “list” of offenses.

I will not delight in evil when others fall short.

I will rejoice when others know and see truth.

I will protect when the masses don’t need to be in the know.

I will trust when I there are things I don’t know.

I will hope when I get stuck in the present.

I will persevere when I feel like giving up.

All the gifts I have been given will cease to be because I am imperfect and do not possess all knowledge during my earthly existence.

Faith, hope, and love. The only one that endures is love because it leaves a lasting impression.

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