Lately, I’ve been trying to write acrostics about ‘gifts’ of the Spirit to parallel those I wrote about ‘fruits’, so have been looking into 1 Corinthians 12 & 13. Today, though, I was forestalled by 1 Corinthians 12:31 – “And now I will show you the most excellent way”.
Maturity of faith demands love that is tough
Once I thought as a child, but now that’s not enough
Sacrificial love must be stripped of its pride;
Too often, good intentions hurt and divide.
Empty words of charity are easily said:
X is a cross where love suffered and bled.
Covenant love always yearns to reconcile
Ever willing to walk the additional mile.
Love keeps no record, it trusts, perseveres,
Lights up the darkness, wipes away tears,
Encourages the broken to prevail and cope.
Now, three virtues remain – faith and hope,
Then, conquering everything, love.
Wrongs are forgotten when we rise above
Anger and envy, and let kindness hold sway.
Yes – there is a most excellent way.