In Other Words

AUTHOR:  Becky Guth

As I sat down to write a blog post for February, guess what general theme came to mind to write about.  “Love”, of course!   Because of that little holiday that falls in the middle of the month, February has become “the month of love”.

We’re so accustomed to hearing the Bible’s “love chapter,” 1 Corinthians 13, at weddings and other occasions that we may not really hear its meaning anymore.  Sometimes, it is helpful to listen to something familiar said in different words. The other day I read some powerful “different words” from that well-known chapter and I thought I’d share that here.  What new understandings of love does the following paraphrase from The Message Bible reveal to you?

“Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, doesn’t have a swelled head, doesn’t force itself on others, isn’t always ‘me first,’ doesn’t fly off the handle, doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, doesn’t revel when others grovel, takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, puts up with anything, trusts God always, always looks for the best, never looks back, but keeps going to the end. Love never dies” (1 Corinthians 13:4-8a, MSG).

2 Comments


Jane Hochmuth - February 10th, 2022 at 10:53am

As always, you write just what I need to read! I think some people use the word 'love' casually. (Such as, 'I love ice cream' or 'I love playing tennis'.) I like some things immensely, but I LOVE God and Jesus. When I say that, I then think about how meager my love for them is compared to their love for me. It cannot compare because mine is a human love. I can, however, show God's kind of love to others and then others will see Jesus in me. That is my desire. Thanks, Becky.

Becky Guth - February 24th, 2022 at 7:16am

As always, you're very welcome. : )