Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. (1 Corinthians 13:7-8)
The end of this famous passage creates a sort of symmetry within itself. Because love believes in all the best things and hopes in all that can be – then love can bear anything and can endure whatever may come.
In our culture, we take real love for granted. Or perhaps it is that we are so used to all of the poor substitutes that we no longer look for the real thing. It is certainly easier to trust what we can see and touch, what we can have here and now, but… but, then we are not becoming all that we could be.
This goes for individuals and for us as a body of people, because love requires more than one person to truly be love. Even more important, as Mother Teresa said, “Love cannot remain by itself – it has not meaning. Love has to be put into action, and that action is service.” Love is so much more than a fancy or a feeling: it is a way of life.
How do we begin?
We love because God first loved us. Know that you are loved. You are important. You are enough. You have infinite potential. Because God’s love never ends.
Once you know it, really know it, you will find that you must share it. There is an endless supply and it is what the world so desperately needs. So give in. Give in to love. And see what wondrous miracles God will work in our midst.