The Beautiful Prize
This familiar verse had me digging deeper into what it really means:
...there are three things that remain: faith, hope, and love—yet love surpasses them all.[a] So above all else, let love be the beautiful prize for which you run 1 Corinthians 13:13 TPT
In a commentary, this is how it was described:
Faith and hope both spring from love, which makes love the greatest virtue of all. Faith and hope are temporary, but love is eternal. Paul gives us ten characteristics of divine love in this chapter. Love (1) is patient under stress, (2) is kind at all times, (3) is generous, not envious, (4) is humble, not self-promoting, (5) is never rude, (6) does not manipulate by using shame, (7) is not irritable or easily offended, (8) celebrates honesty, (9) does not focus on what is flawed, and (10) is loyal to the end.
I've not been paying attention to much going on in the day to day of the world because sometimes it starts to dampen my hope. When I focus on how God loves (which is described above), then I also know how to love. I will be on this journey my whole life, but I pray that we can each learn more how to love like God loves. It will transform the world, one person at a time.