If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
You can do a whole lot of good things, but if you do them with a sour attitude, you’re just spinning your wheels. Not only should we do right, when we do, we need to be patient and kind. We shouldn’t envy or brag. We can’t be arrogant or rude when we were, that really does matter. We can’t insist on our own way, be irritable, or resentful. We can’t be happy with bad things happen and we should always rejoice when the truth comes to light. If we want to be effective, we need to be able to “take a punch.” We need to give people the benefit of the doubt, even if it means we get hurt. We always think the best, and we never give up. That’s love, and that ain’t easy.