“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. Love never fails.”
If marriage could be based upon anything, it should be this verse. Everything we know about love is said in these few sentences. A few simple words strung together to create something deep and meaningful that requires a lifetime to achieve.
Sometimes when we say “I love you” to someone, we don’t even know what that means. For all we know, it could be a stir of emotion caused by some happy hormones or a giddy feeling from pacing heartbeats. It’s not impossible that we mistake it for something as superficial as let say… infatuation. But “I love you” carries much deeper meaning than that.
Let’s replace the word “love” in “I love you” with the definition above, shall we?
Love is kind. “I (am) kind (to) you”.
Love is patient. “I (am) patient (with) you.”
Love is not easily angered. “I (am) not easily angered (by) you.”
Love keeps no record of wrong. Love always trusts, always hope, always preserve. Love never fails. When we love this way, our love will preserve and it will never fail.