Thursday, January 8, 2009
The Greatest Is Love
I Corinthians 13 is my favorite chapter of the Bible-- it's called the love chapter. God has directed my attention to it many times throughout my life, but last year He especially reminded me (I'll have to keep that story between God and me for now) of how important the quality of love is. He tells me it should become the most important element of my character. It's the one I will die with, the one that will claim me in His Kingdom, and the one I will leave behind for others to remember. It is the "me" that will last forever.
God is Love, so love is the indispensable component of becoming like Him. It's a difficult lesson for we humans to learn, but nevertheless, He tells me to make it my primary goal -- above all others.
The chapter goes like this:
1: If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am become sounding brass, or a clanging cymbal.
2: And if I have [the gift of] prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.
3: And if I bestow all my goods to feed [the poor], and if I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profiteth me nothing.
4: Love suffereth long, [and] is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5: doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not its own, is not provoked, taketh not account of evil;
6: rejoiceth not in unrighteousness, but rejoiceth with the truth;
7: beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8: Love never faileth: but whether [there be] prophecies, they shall be done away; whether [there be] tongues, they shall cease; whether [there be] knowledge, it shall be done away.
9: For we know in part, and we prophesy in part;
10: but when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part shall be done away.
11: When I was a child, I spake as a child, I felt as a child, I thought as a child: now that I am become a man, I have put away childish things.
12: For now we see in a mirror, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know fully even as also I was fully known.
13: But now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; and the greatest of these is love.
Wishing you LOVE.