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Love is patient, love is kind, it has no enemies
It perseveres in the face of adversity – it never gives up
Love listens, understands and consoles
Love does not run away when unhappiness knocks on the door
It will stand and fight for that which is right
Love knows no nationality, it has no flag,
no anthem yet it is shared by all
Love will support, encourage and inspire
It is not vain or boastful save in God
Were it not for love, life would cease to have meaning
Love will protect those most dear and always show compassion
It is in loving and forgiving that people are healed.

Thank you to Derek Dobson for very kindly sending me his reflection on LOVE (based on 1 Corinthians 13) 

Used with permission.
Copyright  © Derek Dobson 2011  


Tony is a Superintendent Methodist Minister, broadcaster and author. He is a radio presenter with Premier Christian Radio and a regular contributor to BBC Radio 2's Pause for Thought (5.45 am). Tony is married with two children and four grandchildren.

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