I finally made it to 1 Corinthians 13. In my Wednesday night Bible study, one of the participants had been sharing how much it meant to him as he thought about how much God exemplified all of the characteristics and how much he fell short.
Love is patient, kind, not proud, not rude, not self-seeking, and not easily angered.
Love does not envy, boast, keep records of wrongs, or delight in evil.
Love rejoices with the truth, always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres, and never fails.
And the two greatest commandments are Love the Lord you God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength; and love your neighbor as yourself.
This shows me how far I fallen short, but Paul says to follow the way of love (in 14:1). When I follow something (even the GPS), I can mess up and get off the path (or the highlighted route), but just because I’ve messed up and gotten off the path doesn’t mean that I can’t turn around and get back on the path (just to continue the analogy ad nauseum, I can “recalculate”). I think way too often I forget this and wallow in failure instead of just turning around and trying again. I’m not going to get it perfect here, but that shouldn’t stop me from trying and from leaning hard on God because I can’t do it on my own.