Choose Love

"Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect; 10 but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away…So faith, hope, love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love." 1

Love or Self

The haughty heart demands honor;
But Love offers humility.
The mighty mind seeks to master;
But Love prefers simplicity.

The bruised ego bellows anger;
But Love bears all wounds patiently.
The poignant strength seeks to conquer;
But Love surrenders peacefully.

The carnal flesh seeks its pleasure;
But Love is free in chastity.
The greedy heart hoards its treasure;
But Love's detached in poverty.

The self's declared its own ruler;
But Love submits obediently.
The self contracts and grows harder;
But Love yields love eternally.

(c) Paul Buis, 2000

1. 1 Corinthians 13: 4-10,13