Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self–seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
Just wanna share something here, one part that i've read from a book --- Captivating.
Firstly, talking about the essence of a woman, her beauty, we don't mean 'the perfect figure', or any outer beauty. The beauty of a woman is first a soulish beauty. We know it's a harder jummp to make. We've lived so long under the pressure to be beautiful, but stay with the thought for a moment, because it will really help. The beauty f a woman is first a soulful beauty. And yes, as we live it out, own it, inhabit our beauty, we do become more lovely. More alluring. As the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins wrote, "self flashes off frame and face." Our true self becomes reflected in our appearance. But it flows from the inside out.
Next, we talk about man. The essence of a man is strength. A man is meant to be a warrior like how God comes through for us. To experience the strength of a man is to have him speak on a woman's behalf. For when men abuse with words, we are pierced. Their strength has wounded us. When they are silent, we are starved. They have offered no strength; they have abandoned us. But when they speak with us, hear us, offer their words to us and on our behalf, something in our hearts is able to rest. Woman longs for protection masculine strength offers. To have them shield us from physical harm and also emotional harm and spiritual attack. To intercede for us in a relationship which has become hurtful.
However, STRENGTH is what the world longs to experience from a man & its obvious that we are not referring to big muscles. Of course. A man might like to work out at the gym, but if he is only physically strong, he is a hollow man. Are we satisfied as a woman with that kind of man? On the other hand, our man might prefer to read or play an instrument. Does that in any way diminish the strength of his soul? Not al all. The strength of a man is first a soulish strength --- the strength of the heart. And yes, as he lives it out, owns it, inhabits his strength, he does become more handsome. More attractive. As the fruit of an inner reality, to bear the fruits of the spirit in his life.