Love is patient, love is kind.
Love is not jealous, it does not put on airs, it is not snobbish.
Love is never rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not prone to anger;
neither does it brood over injuries.
Love does not rejoice in what is wrong,
but rejoices with the truth.
There is no limit to love's forbearance, its truth, its hope and its power to endure.
So many of us want to believe we know how to love, but just reading the first line, many of us know right off the bat, we don't. Love is patient? Really? How often are you short tempered with folk you claim to love? I would go as far as to say that we are less patient with people we profess to care about the most.
The same goes for being kind. How often are you kind to those you claim to love? Take time and really think about who you save your kindness for. Remember, charity begins at home.
Putting on airs is the biggest proponent of our Romantic love in this country. We are not happy unless we are building these elaborate facades trying desperately to get others to believe we love them.
Love is not self-seeking. Unfortunately, self-seeking is one of the biggest reasons people do not feel loved. The people around them are looking out for themselves and so are they. Where are the real people at? The folk who know it is truly about give and take. Not take and take and take and take.
Love, if it is true, can and will endure anything. Who do you love?