With so much brutality going on in the name of Christianity, it’s good to be reminded of what real love looks like. This children’s book quote says it well.
“It is so easy to worry, so easy to be afraid, so easy to lose hope. And once you’ve lost hope, you’ve lost something precious. It’s like losing your heart. Yes, it’s really that bad.
But when things seem to be at their very worst, we should not give up hope. We should never give up hope, because there is one thing that makes all the difference in cases like this. Know what it is?
That’s right. Love always trusts, always hopes, always persists. Love never fails, and it never gives up.
While love may seem like a weak, small thing, there is really nothing bigger or stronger than love.
It is made of very tough stuff. Nothing can shake it, or break it. Nothing can stop it.
And even when bad things happen, love is still toiling away, sight unseen, smoothing out the rough edges, making up the shortfall, untangling the snarls, bending all ends to the good. Love is stubborn. It never lets go…Love holds everything together. That is worth remembering, I think…”
(Brown Ears at Sea, Stephen Lawhead)
This is a paraphrase of what I Corinthians 13 says even more clearly.