Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking. It is not quick to anger, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
I recently memorized these verses in an attempt to, prayerfully, become better at loving. To not just appear loving but to really love others in a way that is honoring to the Lord, who sees and knows my heart. It's amazing that He has really recalled these things to my mind when I have a bad attitude or am being selfish or am throwing a pity party or enjoying gossip or trying to look out for myself. Jesus called us to live so counter-culturally- "Consider others as better than yourselves...look not only to your own interests but to the interest of others." I heard a preacher on the radio say the other day that humility wasn't self-depricating...it's not thinking less of yourself, "oh, I suck." But it's thinking of yourself less.
So, I hope that his word, through the power of the Spirit, will transform this heart and mind of mine.