1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Ben Campbell Johnson paraphrase Let me describe love. Love stays in difficult relationships with kindness. Love does not play "one-up-man-ship," nor does it react to those who do. Love is not rude or grasping or overly sensitive, nor does love search for imperfections and faults in others. Love celebrates what is real, not what is perverse or incomplete. Love is the most enduring quality of human existence. It keeps on keeping on; it trusts in God in every situation and expects God to act in all circumstances. Nothing can destroy love. Just think about it--we were in quite a predicament with no hope as we had fallen from God's glory. But we had not fallen from the possibility of His grace. And God found a way to bring us back into relationship with Him and restoration of all that would respond to His grace.
. . . And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:2-8). The love of God goes the distance!