1 Corinthians 13:4-8(NIV)
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
Television and other media can distort the view of true love. Certainly there are some shows that demonstrate true love through the sacrifice of a mother or of a friend of time, energy and money for somebody. Culture also plays a role in what true love is. For some cultures, marriage is arranged and there is no choice.
When we look at this passage, it says that true love never fails. The example of Jesus and his sacrifice on the cross is an example of true love, in which he gave up his life as a ransom for our sinful lives. When we give to others, not expecting others to return the favour, we are demonstrating love. The other attributes include protecting, hope, trust and delighting in the truth. We can imitate the example of Jesus, but we will always fall short as this list is a higher calling to perfection that only can be done through the power of God. Can we always hope, always persevere, always trust and always protect? On our own strength, we can never be able to be perfect like this. This is the path that Jesus took and it calls us higher.