Do you know this famous passage from the Bible:
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 easily angered, 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. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)
I read the following quote from Crazy Love, by Francis Chan at Compassion in Politics:
Take the phrase Love is patient and substitute your name for the word love (For me, “Francis is patient…”) Do it for every phrase in the passage.
By the end, don’t you feel like a liar? If I meant to represent what love is, then I often fail to love people well.
I would like to offer a better suggestion: substitute “God” for “love” instead.
Why is this better? First, I think it’s more accurate. The Bible says that God is love, so putting “God” in there …