I may speak in different languages, whether human or even of angels. But if I don’t have love, I am only a noisy bell or a ringing cymbal. I may have the gift of prophecy, I may understand all secrets and know everything there is to know, and I may have faith so great that I can move mountains. But even with all this, if I don’t have love, I am nothing. I may give away everything I have to help others, and I may even give my body as an offering to be burned. But I gain nothing by doing all this if I don’t have love.
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud. Love is not rude, it is not selfish, and it cannot be made angry easily. Love does not remember wrongs done against it. Love is never happy when others do wrong, but it is always happy with the truth. Love never gives up on people. It never stops trusting, never loses hope, and never quits.
1 Corinthians 13: 1-7, ERV
Lord, You tell us over and over how important it is for us to love others. But some days, it’s not so easy. Some days my heart is hurting. Some days my heart is closed. Far too often, I fail to love as I should.
Please, help me to love. Help me to trust. Help me to hope. Help me to never give up on anyone. Help me to speak only words of love.
You can see our hearts. You can see the truth, in ways we can’t. You hold each one of us in Your mercy and grace.
So help me not to judge, but to love. Help me to meet the judgment of others with Your love. Help me to seek Your will in everything, above all else.