“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.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-6
At a time when liked cutesy pixel drawings and blinkies, I agreed very much so with the wisdom of the passage, and acknowledged that loving like this isn’t something we can learn to do perfectly on Earth. But at the same time, I associated love with a warm and fuzzy sentiment, something like the bright eyed creature on your left with the pink coloured love heart, something perhaps for the person you liked.
It’s been awhile since I re-read the passage, but this time it struck me how the love the Bible talks about is incredibly challenging! Rarely does it come with a feeling of wanting to be kind towards others – in fact, often it is the opposite. When we are commanded to love our neighbours, this means we not only extend love to those in our families or our partners (although I think it’s a good place to start practicing), but to those at work, and elsewhere.
Same words through a Chinese hymn: 爱的真谛