Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. (1 Corin 13:6-8)
What does it mean for love to “always hope”?
What would make you capable of loving the way this passage describes love?
Father in heaven, I read this passage and wonder what love this is. The love I give and the love I receive is much more fickle and conditional. The love I seem to give only sometimes protects, trusts, hopes and perseveres. Yet, what longing your word stirs in me to experience this love, to really acknowledge its ever-presence in you. Could it be that it never fails? What about all the times I have disappointed, turned my back, closed a door, refused to act? Never? Your love simply is always, not sometimes. I can hardly understand it, but pray that you would allow it to begin to sink in, to envelop me and empower me. And, Father, would you give me the ability to love like this?