St Paul’s noble vision of Christian love in I Corinthians 13, chosen as a reading at so many marriage ceremonies, is one that fills me with hope and thankfulness – hope because I thirst for such love, and thankfulness because, although I know I fall so far short of this ‘more excellent way’ (as we all do!), I am reminded of how dependent I am on God’s grace, and how thankful I am for His Divine love.
‘Love suffers long and is kind:
love does not envy;
love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;
does not behave rudely,
does not seek its own,
is not provoked, thinks no evil;
does not rejoice in iniquity
but rejoices in the truth;
bears all things,
believes all things,
hopes all things,
endures all things.’
[I Corinthians 13: 4-7]
Love is the eternal heart of all God – given gifts.