How to love: a paraphrase and a prayer

1 Corinthians 13 (MSG)

So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.
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. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.
But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.

Oh, Lord,
Teach me to love others like you love me.
To love my friends and enemies,
to love my family,
to love the church and the world.
Love is about people, not about programs or agendas.
Love is about testimony and worship, not about self-promotion and fame.
Love is about service and sacrifice, not gain and reward.
Love is You and You alone.
In Jesus' holy name,
Amen.

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