This week of February when we will celebrate Valentine’s Day brings thoughts of love to our minds.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, 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.
Those profound words about the human emotion of love come straight from God’s Holy Word, the Bible, in the book of First Corinthians, Chapter 13, often called the love chapter.
Those words often come to my mind, not just during February when we celebrate Valentine’s Day, but all year long.
And if I want to consider whether I really am being loving, I insert my name in that passage in place of everywhere the word “love” is used like this:
Mama is patient, Mama is kind. Mama does not envy, Mama does not boast, Mama is not proud. Mama is not rude, Mama is not self-seeking, Mama is not easily angered, Mama keeps no record of wrongs.
Mama does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Mama always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails if Mama is adhering to these words.
“How sweet the words of truth breathed from the lips of love.” ~ James Beattie