I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another.
John 13:34, 15:12, 15:17
If it wasn't for 1 Corinthians 13 my head would be spinning trying to understand what loving one another actually means. It is easy to smile and hug and peck-on-the-cheek those nice people with whom you have little meaningful interaction. But with brothers and sisters in Christ with whom we live and work, who have all sorts of personality traits, and who can be mean or egotistical when stressed or offended, it can be a challenge. This Mark tells us to plow through and be more concerned with the condition of our own hearts.
The person who hits this Mark with ease is the one who has memorized and internalized the following. This person is as lovable as (s)he is loving.
Love is patient
Love is kind
Love is not envious
Love is not boastful
Love is not arrogant
Love is not rude
Love does not insist on its own way
Love is not irritable
Love is not resentful
Love does not rejoice in wrong doing
Love rejoices in the truth
Love bears all things
Love believes all things
Love hopes all things
Love endures all things.
To help yourself hit this Mark, remember that God loves us in spite of our faults.
Love never ends, neither does immortality.