“It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” I Corinthians 13:7-8a
Notice how the Apostle Paul adds the word “always” in this passage—always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Why the need for “ALWAYS” connected to those four words? It is because you will need your imagination and perseverance in thinking the best for the unseen. “Always” is connected to the words that require faith and hope in the unseen. You have to go back thru the mental exercise again and again…thus the word always, which calls for more concentration, more effort and more time. One must be ready for the long haul. Transformation in your child or your spouse most likely will not happen overnight.
Jesus told us that anyone could love the lovely, but he warned us that unless we surpassed the religion of the pharisees we could not enter the Kingdom of God. Anyone would love those who love you, yet Jesus commanded us to love the unlovely. This application of love is an exercise in staying alongside the spiritually needy. True Seekers need a college-level course on how to handle the spiritually delayed person, a concept that could only be accomplished on the foundation of selflessness. A Saint learns from the “always” that they need to dedicate their mind and strength as God’s helper, architect, contractor of character—living day by day, patiently building up mankind—investing in the construction of others’ souls.
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