Friday, December 16, 2005

Love

I Corinthians 13

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 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 gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.


Scripture quotation from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Ana Banana said...

I just posted this on my blog last week, and it is something to take in daily. There are so many things that are covered in so few words. But I made it my prayer that I would be able to speak and show love to those around me. I work in christian retail and I cannot tell you how hard it is to show love to some of my customers. But the greatest commandment is love, so I shall work on that, daily, hourly. Thanks for being someone else to post those words!

11:29 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

ana marie,

Thank you for your comments. I'm sure it difficult to maintain a loving attitude, especially in retail where customers can be so rude.

I need to teach a Bible class lesson on this chapter Sunday morning, so let me know if you have any additional insight!

6:55 AM  

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