Saturday, June 4, 2011


Several months ago, I did a study on the book "Preparing to be a Helpmeet". One of the assignments was to rewrite 1 Corinthians 13 in your own words... Lately I've been thinking about what love really is and how to do it, so I thought about this assignment, and decided that it might be of interest to you all. And yes, the first part is slightly tongue-in-cheek and aimed at the "stay at home daughter" crowd. haha. 

Even if I read all the books that have ever been published on homemaking, even though I learned every craft there is to learn, even if I posted the cutest pictures ever and blogged the sweetest and most inspiring things, even if I have done every class and attended every conference, even if I wore denim skirts every day-- none of it would matter a single bit if I did not love. I would still be nothing. Even if I supported hundreds of orphans, even if I had faith enough to move mountains... it would make no difference. Without love, I am nothing. 

Love is patient--even when the waiting is very long and the circumstances very trying. 

Love is kind--without expecting kindness or acclaim in return. 

Love does not envy--it is content with the blessings God has provided. 

Love does not show off--it knows it is doing good and obeying God even if no one on earth notices it. 

Love is not puffed up and proud--it knows that love of this sort only comes from God--what does it have to brag about?? 

Love does not behave rudely--it is conscious of the comfort and pleasure of those around it. 

Love does not seek its own--it seeks the good of those around.

Love is not easily provoked--it is hard to make it upset. 

Love does not think evil--it focuses on the good in people and situations.

Love does not rejoice in iniquity--it rejoices in the truth. It is not interested in hearing mean, untruthful gossip.

Love bears all things-- puts up with lots, and also bears the burdens of others. 

Love believes all things that are true--it thinks the best, always. 

Love is very hopeful--it will find a way, and it believes good will come. 

Love endures all things-- once again, it "puts up" with everything--little annoying repetitive things, big, crazy, hard ones...

Love--true love: the kind that comes from God-- never fails.

(Verses 1-8a)

And here's the real thing:

 1Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 

 2And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 

 3And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. 

 4Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 

 5Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 

 6Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 

 7Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. 

 8Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 

 9For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 

 10But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 

 11When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 

 12For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 

 13And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

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