Love on Thanksgiving
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Now for the Slattery translation:
Love endures long, boring stories retold year after year. Love doesn’t begrudge relatives with recent promotions, nicer cars and better-behaved children. It doesn’t compare pumpkin pie recipes in a search for accolades.
Love doesn’t create humor at others expense or laugh when demeaning jokes are told. Love maintains self-control even when someone else stole the last drop of gravy. Love remains even when someone’s actions make them appear unlovable.
Love stands up for one another and refuses to catch a ride on the gossip wheel. Love sees the best in others despite their mistakes and encourages them to try again. When everything else fails, love remains.
Of course, love without truth is not really love at all, but truth without love is deadly.
Jennifer Slattery is a writer, editor, speaker, and the founder of Wholly Loved Ministries. She writes for Crosswalk, is a multipublished author of Hometown Healing among other titles who also writes articles, Bible studies, and devotions. When not writing, reading, or editing, Jennifer loves going on mall outings with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband. Visit her online at jenniferslatterylivesoutloud.com or book her for your next women’s event.
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