If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor 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. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.
13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
Love has become a junk drawer word for us. We love when convenient, when it will benefit us, or when we know we will get loved back. But true Love is so much deeper.
As you read through this passage in 1 Corinthians 13, think about those in your life whom you love. Is your affection demonstrated the way Paul describes? What ways is the Spirit showing you that you are less than loving? What would it look like for you to confess, repent, and move towards truly loving them?
1 John teaches us that we love others because Jesus first loved us. Do you know that Jesus loves you? Not merely in an academic way, but in the truest since of the word. Jesus loves you, with an everlasting Love and had deposited His love in you to share with the world around you.
Embrace His love, then be bold and share it with those in your life.
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