Sacred Truth Friday: Love

1 Corinthians 13

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

This is what love is: not selfish, envious, boastful, arrogant, rude, irritable or resentful, does not insist on its way.  Love is patient, kind, rejoices with the truth, not wrongdoing, bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

This describes the love of God and as New Testament Christians we should have this very love within our hearts toward others. Which is not easy. I know I need God's help with this. To love everyone fully with the love of Christ, even my enemies.

So I'll be praying to God to fill me with His love to overflowing. And may that love flow to others.

Let's all love others with the love of Christ and pray for God's help to do so.


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