“Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
Corinthians 13: 4-7
Got patience? It’s hard. Envy? Yeah, that’s hard to not do. Arrogant, such as just expecting your partner to love you? Hah hah, good luck in a successful relationship, then. Do you resent anything about your partner, or find your partner to irritate you? Do you irritate your partner? Uh-oh. Do you point out when s/he fails, does something wrong-- do you bring up when s/he hurts you? You’re foolish to do so. The Guilt Card gets your partner gone in the end. I’ve seen it too many times.
Instead, why not celebrate each other, God, successes in even the little things? Why not be exuberant in your love and see joy and happiness flourish? Be honest, and work through your problems-- no relationship, no partner, will be perfect. Love blinds you, but you can see through many things if you be observant; and as for observant, never stop learning about your partner.
Be ready for anything, and let trial and hurt bring you together and make you stronger. Love trusts, and so you should trust that your partner will not lie; for s/he won’t if s/he truly loves you and follows this as well. And through it all, it will never stop growing, never stop being full of new joys with each day.
But it is work. Again: Always keep learning about your partner, and don’t give up-- love won’t give up. God is love, and He never gave up.