How I read 1 Corinthians 13 as a husband.
(1) If I say sweet things, take out the trash, and pickup my dirty socks, but do not have love, then I’m taking something good and making it annoying to my wife. (2) If I know her love language and all her likes and dislikes, and am confident and trusting in her, but have not love, then I’m wasting her time. (3) If I give her everything I have, If I lay down my life for her honor, but have not love, then I have given nothing. (4) Love takes time and patients, it uses gentile words, it doesn’t get jealous when it isn’t returned because it isn’t about what I get out of it. (5) Love doesn’t say mean things to get even in an argument. It isn’t manipulated to serve self interest. Love doesn’t fly off the handle over little things. It doesn’t keep score from one day to the next. (6) Love doesn’t get excited about winning an argument, but rejoices about the two of us overcoming miscommunication. (7) It always takes care of her needs, always trusts her convictions, always has a positive outlook, and will always get us through the hard times. (8) Love is perfect even when I’m not. In the end, all good and great things will fade in memory and meaning. (9) Although we do these things too, (10) they become worthless tattered when compared to perfect love. (11) There was a time when I could get away with imperfect love, because I was young and ignorant of it. But now I am a husband and can not use my ignorance as an excuse.
(12) Sometimes it is hard to see how we treat those closest to us, as we are to close to recognize it. But time reveals it clearly. And our history will tell the story of my love.
(13) When everything else has faded, only three things will judge our relationship: faith, hope, and love. Love is the greatest investment I can ever make.