4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
Ah the love chapter, what can I talk about that has not already been written about or preached about. This is of course the chapter that is always read at a wedding. I love the love chapter because it focus’s what our attention should be on and that is others focused. I want to look at one aspect of love because it has brought out in me this never-ending gratitude within me. It’s the aspect of hope. Love always hopes. My life transformed when I experienced this type of love. God put in my path someone who believed in me and hoped for me to bring about the change that occurred in my life. When that happened it filled my heart with this awesome gratitude for the person and God for showing me His great love. Now today I am getting ready to focus on three ladies that are running their very first 5K. They are all nervous about it, but they are going to get through and complete it. I believe in them, I am hoping for them. I’m not tooting my own horn, I just want people to experience this never-ending gratitude that I have in my heart from hope being placed at the right time in my life. I have to hope for them, if I didn’t I would be a very selfish person. Hope on steroids is addicting. Yes you do risk disappointment, but what kind of person are you if you don’t hope for someone when God provided someone to hope for you? So allow yourself to hope as if it were on steroids because that unconditional love you show is a life changer and a game changer.