On Love

This has been on my mind for the past couple of months, and I felt that I should put it on this site. It’s from the Apostle Paul’s first letter to the church at Corinth.

1 Corinthians 13

(1) If I speak the languages of men and of angels, but do not have love, I am a sounding gong or a clanging cymbal. (2) If I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so that I can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. (3) And if I donate all my goods to feed the poor, and if I give my body to be burned, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

(4) Love is patient; love is kind. Love does not envy; is not boastful; is not conceited; (5) does not act improperly; is not selfish; is not provoked; does not keep a record of wrongs; (6) finds no joy in unrighteousness, but rejoices in the truth; (7) bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

(8) Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for languages, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end. (9) For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. (10) But when the perfect comes, the partial will come to an end. (11) When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put aside childish things.

(12) Now we see things imperfectly as in a poor mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God knows me now.

(13) Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Read this a few times and really soak it in. When you do, I think you’ll find yourself looking at what you do and why you do it differently. (Note: This is from the Holman Christian Standard Bible, save for verse 12 which is from the New Living Translation. I substituted it for clarity’s sake.)

3 thoughts on “On Love

  1. Actually, yes. That, along with being able to turn red traffic lights green by just looking at them is one of my many super powers.(*heh* Actually, this is one of my favorite passages as well. I guess it’s because, to this day, I’m not entirely sure I understand the concept of “love.” I’m not sure that anyone other than a parent could, and even then, the love is limited to a given number of persons. The more I know about it, about the actual act of love, and all that it really means, the more I’m amazed — and humbled — by it.)

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