I love the 1 Corinthians 13 definition of love. I even hung that jewel of a scripture on my bathroom wall. I mean, who doesn’t love those verses? It’s one of the most read aloud chapters outside local church walls.
I recently studied 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. I broke it down, brothas and sistas. But, verse 7, “It always protects…” hit me hardest. Get this:
The Greek word for protects is “stego.” It means “to cover over in silence.” Impressed? Don’t be. I looked it up. Now raise your hand if you think of physical protection when you read “protects?” As if my one-hundred and ahem pound body could really save you from physical harm – even though I love ya.
But it literally means that we cover an individual with such a cloak of love that no one can see his or her faults. Isn’t that beautiful?
So, love doesn’t expose the faults of others. Wanna know the easiest way to not expose faults? Don’t look for them. If it’s easy for me to notice a fault, then it’s easy for me to expose that fault.
Don’t. Shut yo eyes and choose grace instead.
It’s not love. No matter how you try to shake it. M’kay?
My apologies if I stepped on any toes. I pretty much broke all of mine.
But, it changed the way I view love. And, more importantly, it changed the way I love.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8