Charity is…

hugging-familyMoroni7: 45 And charity suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

New Version: True love is enduring the hard times patiently. It is being kind. It is being without envy. It’s working to remove pride and entitlement. It’s not letting yourself become easily provoked. You think wholesome thoughts. You scorn sin and finds joy in truth. Nothing is too much for you. True love is when you believe and hope and endure no matter what happens.

I like the original. It’s so beautiful. Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things has such a wonderful sound. However, rewriting really helped me reflect if I truly understood what each of the descriptions meant. When rewriting, I noticed how weird the combinations of actions. Kindness is paired with lacking envy. Being easily provoked is paired with thinking no evil. I tried to make it personal by using pronouns and that helped me think more about why those pairings matter and affect me as a person.

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