Expanded Interpretive Translation of I Cor. 13:4-8
LOVE… Speak this scripture over yourself in first person and see it transform your relationships
I patiently & passionately bear with others for as long as patience is needed;
I do not demand others to be like me; rather I am so focused on the needs of others that I bend over backwards to become what others need me to be.
I am not ambitious, self-centered, or so consumed with myself that I never think of the needs or desires that others possess.
I do not go around talking about myself all the time, constantly exaggerating & embellishing the facts to make myself look more important in the sight of others;
I do not behave in a prideful, arrogant, haughty, superior, snooty, snobbish or clannish manner;
I am not rude and discourteous-I am not careless or thoughtless, nor do I carry on in a fashion that would be considered insensitive to others;
I do not manipulate situations or scheme and devise methods that will twist situations to my own advantage;
I do not deliberately engage in actions or speak words that are so sharp, they cause an ugly or violent response;
I do not deliberately keep records of wrongs or past mistakes;
I do not feel overjoyed when I see an injustice done to someone else but I am elated, thrilled ecstatic and overjoyed with the truth;
I protect, shield, guard, cover, conceal and safeguard people from exposure;
I strain forward with all my might to believe the very best in every situation;
I always expect and anticipate the best in others and the best for others;
I never quit, never surrender and never give up.
May God help us all!
Love, Pastor Marie