1 Corinthians 13, If I Have Not Love…

17Jan08

1 Corinthians 13

Love

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
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 have not love, I am nothing.
If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love
does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

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.  For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears.

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 childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor 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.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.

But the greatest of these is love.

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3 Responses to “1 Corinthians 13, If I Have Not Love…”

  1. 1 matt

    This is my favorite chapter in the entire bible. If this was the only part of the Bible I had ever read, I think I would still kind of get the point. Just like I kind of get the point having read the whole thing. (Okay I’m Catholic, so maybe I’ve just listened to the whole thing and read most of it.)

  2. I love this verse most of all.

  3. 3 Tezeta

    The most beautiful thing I have ever read!!


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