You’ve heard it read at weddings. You gloss over it when reading in the New Testament because of its blaring familiarity. The LOOOOOVVVEEEE chapter. In fact, you may stop reading now, because you know it. 1 Cor. 13.
All that aside, let’s take a fresh look at these verses. Forget about romantic love. Forget (for the time being) about marital love. Forget about parental love or amicable love. Read these verses, look deep inside yourself and examine your own heart, and I will mine. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you where you fall on the “love-ometer.” I fall short. Too short. So I pray as I study these verses that they will touch me anew. And help me LOVE well. And I’m praying for you as you read this. I’d love to hear what sticks out to you as you read this with expectancy.
If I speak human or angelic languages
but do not have love,
I am a sounding gong or a clanging cymbal.
If I have the gift of prophecy
and understand all mysteries
and all knowledge,
and if I have all faith
so that I can move mountains
but do not have love, I am nothing.
And if I donate all my goods to feed the poor,
and if I give my body in order to boast
but do not have love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind.
Love does not envy,
is not boastful, is not conceited,
does not act improperly,
is not selfish, is not provoked,
and does not keep a record of wrongs.
Love finds no joy in unrighteousness
but rejoices in the truth.
It bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends..
Now these three remain:
faith, hope, and love.
But the greatest of these is love.
1 Cor. 13:1-8a, 13
Feel free to share your thoughts as you read this in the comments section. What sticks out to you? <3 K