The Love Chapter

You could be the world’s foremost orator, but if you aren’t motivated by love, you’re like a car alarm going off in a parking lot.

You could give out God’s Word powerfully, know truth no one else does, and move mountains with your faith—but if you aren’t driven by love, you’re a spiritual zero.

You could sell the entire contents of your home to give to the homeless, and you could be tortured and martyred at the hand of terrorists, but if you don’t do it for love, you get nothing out of it.

Love will never be obsolete.

Love doesn’t mete out the full punishment someone else deserves.

Love is happy to see the next person succeed.

Love doesn’t carry an “I love others” sign around.

Love is substance more than appearance.

Love observes the social graces.

Love gives others the right of way.

Love absorbs a ton of grief.

Love doesn’t keep a list of past infractions.

Love doesn’t enjoy winning by cheating; it enjoys seeing truth in the winner’s circle.

Love can take it.

Love believes the best.

Love doesn’t pronounce someone else a hopeless case.

Love lasts.

Mark Ward

PhD in NT; theological writer for Faithlife; former high school Bible textbook author for BJU Press; husband; father; ultimate frisbee player; member of the body of Christ.


  1. Dennis Cone on January 15, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    One of the better “updated” versions of 1 Corinthians 13 that I have seen.

  2. Chris H. on January 25, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Love it! =)

    Seems like so many attempts at paraphrasing a scripture passage to sound modern come across as sacrilegious or irreverent. This one doesn’t! Thanks Mark!

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