Jesus claimed the world would recognize His disciples because of their love for one another. (John 13:35). Loving one another involves grace. I Corinthians 13 is a familiar passage about love, but was written to the church at Corinth to encourage love in the church family. To paraphrase this passage:
Does not grow frustrated and give up on those who are less mature.
Does not get jealous.
Doesn't seek recognition or to steal the limelight.
Subdues pride, refusing to capitulate to hurt feelings.
Does not act unkindly.
Keeps loving regardless of the other person's response.
Doesn't retaliate because of injury.
Always assumes the best in people.
Never compromises with sin.
Jesus said this kind of love should characterize the church.
Beautiful reminder from "Putting A Face On Grace" by Richard Blackaby