1 Corinthians 13

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.

I chose to share one of my very favorite passages in the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13, because it is very dear to my heart. I am very fortunate to have a caring and loving boyfriend. When I first met Kevin, I used this as an outline to form our relationship. However, after a year and a half of getting to know him, I tend to forget these principles in our relationship all the time. When I forget these rules laid out so clearly in the Bible about Love, our relationship tends to suffer. Looking back on these verses is always a wonderful wake up check just simply telling me to put the Lord first in everything I do.

2 comments

  1. Nicole-Lynn says:

    One of my favorite verses. Makes me tear up every time I hear/read it. We’re having my step father read this aloud at our wedding ceremony. I waited quite a while to get engaged and he always told me “Love is Patient”.. and boy was he right. :)

  2. Rachel C says:

    Thanks for the reminder :)
    I think most people probably heard these words at their weddings, but we do tend to forget…

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