4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.8 Love never fails.
My boys were breaking every part of this sacred Scripture! So with a prayer in my heart, I read them the entire chapter and I explained what the words meant as I read. And we talked about what this verse looks like in real life, giving practical examples from scenes I had witnessed among them that week. We finished with a prayer and then they headed off to school. I would like to tell you that things were perfect after that moment. That later in the day they put all of it into practice and loved each other perfectly. But I can't. And that's okay. My kids are sinners, and I am too. And we cannot love each other perfectly. There is only One who can do that and His name is Jesus. But we can, with His help, love each other better.
So this verse was on my mind when I created the painting in the video below. I had originally set out to just use the word "love" and incorporate a bird. But as the painting progressed, I decided I did not like the bird and the phrase "love never fails" came through. True love never fails. God's love never fails. This brings me great comfort. And so when I see the selfish parts of me coming out, I can turn to 1 Corinthians 13 and read how love is supposed to be.