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 – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7
I read this verse this morning. It got me thinking about exactly how challenging these words are to put into action at times. I know that I am guilty of faltering…especially with the patience. Well…the easily angered too. Wait…let’s add keeping no record of wrongs. That might be hard as well.
Isn’t it easy to identify where we are failing? It makes me feel as if I am unqualified to be a husband much less a person writing a blog about being a good husband.
Instead of feeling like we aren’t capable…..I would suggest that we evaluate ourselves this way:
- What are we good at? Is it kindness? Maybe being hopeful? Highlight these areas and leverage them in your marriage.
- Pick one area that you struggle. Pray about it. Ask others especially your wife how you can make a change. Give it a shot. Give yourself a break when you falter and try it again.
I believe that the key to our success with this verse is held in the last word – persevere.