This chapter is so fantastic - it warrants two days - don't you think?
There are many verses in this chapter that are wonderful fuel for lovely thoughts - and which ones inspire me most shifts now and again. Today's verse has a rhythm of rescue to it;
bears all things
believes all things,
hopes all things
endures all things
Once upon a time the very idea of having this sort of love for others exhausted me. I'd think about that goal - and think "I just can't do it".
But since refocusing on the reality that this chapter describes God's love for all of us - on our worst day - and on His worst day (in so far as He has those). And still He loves us this much!
So now I relish with gratitude the security God offers us in this unflappable inexhaustible love coming from His abundance to fulfill my need. And it's had this curious effect of reducing the pressure I felt to raise my love-game up. Instead - it's like an adult, faith-based version of show-and-tell - in which I get to tell others, "Look how much God loves me - despite it all! I don't deserve - but He just keeps giving it!" ... and then share it (so to speak) with the class.
It's not our love we extend to others. It's God's.