1 corinthians 13:12a

Love is patient,
except sometimes, it isn’t. like when you’ve already gone months without seeing her and you’re so badly yearning for more of her that it hurts, it hurts you deep in your core. like when you can’t wait to be with her again, like when you want so badly want to make up for lost time; to trace the patterns of freckles on her shoulders that you haven’t felt in so long; to kiss her and lose yourself in her again like you did the first time, like you haven’t done in so long. like when you’re in a hurry to become us all over again and waiting just one more day is enough to drive you crazy.

love is kind.
except sometimes, it isn’t. because sometimes love is hearing a sound and thinking for a split second that she’s here with you, only to realize a moment later that you are waking up alone after she’s already woken up hours before you, miles away from you. and it’s cruel, it’s cruel to love someone you can’t be with, it’s cruel to love someone you can’t comfort when she’s upset and crying, it’s cruel to love someone you can only reach through text messages and phone calls. they’re enough to get you through the day, but never enough at the same time. 

It does not envy,
except sometimes, it does. because there are people who are able to take her out to dinner, to go to the movies with her, to go over her house and just sit there, to be with her - and you can’t. and green is all you can see because they just don’t realize these simple pleasure are everything to you; green is all you can see because you can’t do the things that they take for granted. 

it does not boast,
except sometimes, it does.  and how can it not? when the most amazing creature that God has ever created is yours, yours alone and no one else. how can it not succumb to the desires to shout to the world about how blessed you are to have this beautiful human in your life? how can it not tell everyone and anyone who is listening, over and over and over again, just how much you love her? 

it is not proud
except sometimes it is. because pride is all you can feel for her, when she calls you with good news or when she accomplishes something she didn’t think she could do or when she achieves a goal she has always wanted to achieve or when she does something that makes your heart swell up for love with her and you’re so full, full to the brim, that you can barely breathe but with your final breaths, you will use them to exclaim just how proud of her you are, just how proud you are to be in love with her. 

It does not dishonor others,
except sometimes, it does. but not intentionally. sometimes, other people are so offended and disgusted by your love for her, you have dishonored them without even realizing it. when you hold her hand in a crowded store or kiss her cheek when you meet her at the airport or cry in her arms when you say goodbye at the train station, you will attract stares before you even know what to do about it. let them stare. because her hand, her kiss, her arms mean more to you than anything in the world. and sometimes, dishonoring others is okay as long as you aren’t dishonoring yourself. 

it is not self-seeking,
except sometimes, it is. like when you just spent a week straight with her but the second you are back home, you start looking at plane tickets for the next time you can be together. you start planning, picking dates, calling off work, arranging rides to the airport and train station. all because you can’t stand to be away from her, because you crave being with her more than you can even begin to put into words. because you love her and you want to be with her and a week is just never long enough. 

it is not easily angered,
except sometimes, it is. because in the day and age of digital media, Helvetica Neue still is not able to convey sarcasm or any feelings really. and it is so easy to misconstrue or misunderstand, it is so easy for tempers to flare and tears to fall. and then she calls you, and you can hear her voice and your anger subsides. we must allow the anger to visit but we must not allow it to stay.

it keeps no record of wrongs.
except sometimes, it does. memories are stronger than we think and you were such a bitch to her the other day, you can’t stop thinking about it, even after she’s already forgiven you and moved on from it. you can’t move on. you keep thinking about the things you said, the things you didn’t say, the things you wish you said, the way you said it, the way you should have said it. you were wrong and you know it, but she still loves you anyway. 

It always protects,
always. when you wake up in the middle of the night, sweating and shaking, she will hold you until you can sleep again. when you forget how to breathe, she will put your hand to her chest and remind you. when anxiety eats away at you from the inside out, she will make you feel safe. when you can’t get out of bed, she will lay there with you. when it hurts, she will take away your pain. 

always trusts,
always. when she says she’s going out drinking, you trust that she won’t get drunk and drive. when she smokes five cigarettes in one day, you trust that she will take it easy tomorrow. when she stops replying to your messages, you trust that she is well and safe. you trust that she is not lying to you. you trust that she has your best interest at heart. you trust that she would never intentionally do anything to harm you. you trust that she loves you as much as she says she does. 

always hopes,
always. because the future seems so bright when her smile is all you can see. because she called you up today to talk about name options for the baby boy you hope to have one day. because you can’t wait for the day your home is full of cats and dogs. because you can’t wait for the day your home becomes our home.

always perseveres.
always. because she’s worth it. she’s worth all of the flight delays. she’s worth all of cab services that won’t let you pay with a credit card. she’s worth having to change your plans to see each other because real life gets in the way and you can’t make it, not this time. she’s worth all of the tears you shed because you're anticipating saying goodbye. she’s worth all of the travel anxiety, all of the money spent just to be together, all of the days you can’t be together. because she’s worth it. because you’re both worth it. 

Love never fails.
never.

—  1 Corinthians 13:4-8
(cc, 2016)

2 0 1 6 R E S O L U T I O N // He outlines all these characteristics of what love looks like; and, in doing so, explicitly shows us how to be more Christ-like. God IS love so these characteristics are not only descriptive of his perfect love, but of His own character. And, because I was created to be in his image, my own life should also radiate these characteristics. In 2016, I resolve to love better, love more, and love deeper in a way that reflects the perfect love he pours out upon me.

Love is always patient and kind.

Originally posted by louandhazzx

It is never jealous.

Originally posted by imanofficialfangirl

Love is never boastful or conceited

Originally posted by candycorn07

It does not take offense and is not resentful.

Originally posted by happydaysbus1

Love takes no pleasure in other people’s sins

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But delights in the truth.

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It is always ready to excuse

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To trust

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To hope

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And to endure

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Whatever comes.

Originally posted by theyfiguredout

Originally posted by theanchorsrope

anonymous asked:

How would you interpret the meaning of 1 Corinthians 13:11 "When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man I put aside childish things." ?

Hi friend,

1 Corinthians 13:11 is within the section of 1 Corinthians where Paul is addressing the Corinthians about issues related to behavior in worship. Then, more specifically, 1 Corinthians 13:11 is within the section of 1 Corinthians where Paul is writing about The Way of Love

Within the context of both 1 Corinthians as a whole, as well as the small section(s) of 1 Corinthians that this verse is a part of, I take 1 Corinthians 13:11 to be about spiritual childishness, not age, and not physical childishness. All of 1 Corinthians 13 is Paul saying to the Corinthians that without love, we have nothing, and without love, nothing that we do or say really even matters. I would even go so far as to say that, even though these verses are used often in weddings to describe the love between a husband and a wife, that they are also about Christ’s love–His love for us and our love for Him. Because His love for us doesn’t end (1 Corinthians 13:8), and without Him, without His sacrifice for us and our sins, without His love and without our love for Him, nothing we do or say really matters, because without Christ, there is only an end. Without Christ, there is death. 

Getting back to verse 11 specifically, though:

“When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways.”

Again, I believe Paul is speaking of spiritual maturity here, and the difference between our view of things in this life versus the next, so when he says “when I was a child,” he’s really talking now–about this life. And then when he says, “When I became a man…” he’s talking about the second coming.

He then goes on to use an example of a mirror, and how now we see “in a mirror dimly, but then face to face.” The mirror that we’re looking in now is dim because we are human, and we are flawed, and we can’t see the whole picture, but face to face seems to refer to Christ’s second coming, and how the spiritual gifts and prophecies and tongues that Paul speaks of in verse 8 will no longer be needed then. It’s not even that our mirror will be clean then (during the second coming), it’s that we won’t even need a mirror because we will be face to face with Christ (Revelation 22:4). 

All my love,

S.

Replace ‘Love’ with bae’s name. See if it fits.

From 1 Corinthians 13:4-7


_______ is patient

_______ is kind

_______ does not envy

_______ does not boast

_______ is not proud

_______ does not dishonor others

_______ is not self-seeking

_______ is not easily angered

_______ keeps no record of wrongs

_______ does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth

_______ always protects

_______ always trusts

_______ always hopes

_______ always perseveres.

Love is patient.
Love is kind.
Love does not envy.
Love does not boast.
Love is not proud.
Love is not rude.
Love does not dishonor others.
Love is selfless.
Love is not easily angered.
Love forgives and forgets.
Love does not delight in evil.
Love rejoices with the truth.
Love protects.
Love trusts.
Love hopes.
Love perseveres.
Love never fails.
This is who God is.
This is how we’re called to live.

“Beware of a love that is easy. Real love is never easy.”

It is not easy to be patient or kind.
It is not easy to be benevolent or humble.
It is not easy to be demure or considerate or selfless.
It is not easy to be understanding or forgiving.
It is not easy to be empathetic or truthful.
And it is certainly not easy to bear all things,
Or believe all things,
Or hope all things,
Or endure all things.

It’s true. Real, deep, unconditional, true love is not easy. But it is possible. It is out there. And it is meant for us to give and be given.
That is the kind of love that never ends.

“Beware of a love that is easy. Real love is never easy.”