“4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails.”
In the farewell party for Yurong and Steven this Sunday, brothers and sisters from PSIF read different versions of “love”: English, Mandarin, Thai, and Japanese. Lots of touching moments and joy (especially the Thai sisters’ hip-hop-like Thai verses and Yusuke’s “yummy” end). How great is our God!
Well, what made me recall the experience was just now I read some encouraging words from Pastor Liu Zhixiong’s book 《不一样的人生》: “我们自己看起来不配，我们看自己也觉得不象的一批人，主耶稣却说：“就是你们这些人，我要托付你们，让你们做我的代表；我愿意让你们在生命的周围，去演一场我所成就的救赎给世人看。”我一方面战兢恐惧，但一方面，对于神的期盼，我是充满了感激。”
How marvelous it is that God trusts us! Thinking of this, I suddenly remembered this Monday when I was reviewing the love verses I replaced “love” with “God” (as 1 John 4:8 says “God is love.”), then the verses became:
“God is patient, Godis kind. God does not envy, God does not boast, God is not proud. God does not dishonor others, he is not self-seeking, he is not easily angered, he keeps no record of wrongs. God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. He always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. God never fails.”
How do you feel? Doesn’t it make sense?