Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails (1 Corinthians 13:4-8).

Have you ever heard anyone gossip about someone you know?

"Well, I heard that she..."

"Oh, but didn't you know that he."

Then all of a sudden it's your turn. What do you have to say?

Here's what love says: Love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8).

Love doesn't expose. It doesn't gossip. If love says anything, it speaks words of protection.

Do you know anyone who needs protection?

Of course you do. Then give some. Pay a gas bill for a struggling elderly couple. Make sure your divorced friends are invited to parties. Promise your kids that, God being your helper, they will never know a hungry day or a homeless night.

Jesus said:

I tell you the truth, anything you did for even the least of my people here, you also did for me! (Matthew 25:4).

Do you know anyone that needs protection?

From Max's book, A Love Worth Living: Living in the Overflow of God's Love.

Used by permission.

© 2016 by Max Lucado.