Love is Active


One of the most beautiful, well-known texts in the Bible is 1 Corinthians chapter 13. This text is a beautiful litany that describes what love looks like when it is practiced in community.

These words are familiar and powerful. . .

Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never ends.

The English translation of this text uses adjectives to describe what love is.

Love is patient; love is kind. . .

But interestingly, in the original Greek language of this text, none of the descriptors are adjectives. In each instance, they are verbs. This means that love is something we enact and practice.

Here is a verb-friendly translation of this beautiful text. . .

Love lives long-hearted in adversity. Love practices kindness. Love envies not. Love boasts not. Love swells-up not. Love does not act unbecomingly, does not seek the self, does not provoke to anger, does not calculate evil, does not rejoice in the injustice, but rejoices together with the truth. It covers all things, entrusts all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never perishes.

Let’s practice love in action.

Renee Roederer


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