Though I send exquisite Valentine cards, write romantic notes, and sing beautiful love songs,
but have not love, I am like a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.
Though my writings are eloquent, and I quote marriage experts’ soundly advice,
Yet I have not true love, I am nothing.
Though I give time and energy to my spouse and pledge promises of undying love,
Yet fail to show real love,
I have accomplished nothing.
True love is patient (even when dirty clothes are lying around).
True love is kind and does not hurt the other’s feelings.
True love does not envy or despair when disappointments abound and others prosper.
It does not brag about its strengths or downplays another’s weaknesses
Instead it seeks to make the other look good.
Love is never too proud to admit failure or ask for help and understanding.
Love neither manipulates nor seeks to change.
Instead, love remains content with an imperfect partner.
Love is forgiving and holds no grudges nor keeps track of the other’s failure.
Love refrains from saying, “I told you so!”
Love believes and seeks to protect the other.
It patiently endures even through disappointments.
Love hopes for better times and perseveres when all else fails.
Romantic speeches and love songs will cease.
All knowledge will be destroyed,
But true love abides forever.
When I was young, I had unrealistic expectations of love.
Now, as a mature lover, I understand that a perfect marriage will never exist.
Yet, I know that this present love only dimly reflects what my marriage can become.
My love for you has increased immeasurably since the day I pledged my honor and love,
And it will continue to blossom with each passing year.
One day I shall know you more fully than I do now.
While time destroys dreams, and romantic aspirations dissolve in the realities of day-to-day living;
Faith, hope, and love abide forever.
And truly the greatest of these three is love!
Check out my poetic version of the love chapter, also from 1 Corinthians 13.