Faith, Hope & Love ~ the greatest of these is Love

scripture

1 Corinthians Chapter 13 New Living Translation

If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.  If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.

Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.  It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.  Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever!  Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture!  But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.

When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things.  Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

prayer

Our Father, you created us in and for love. Everything you do for us is with love. You sent Jesus to reveal your love. You are love. Help us to act in your love and recognise your love in others.

The day will come when we will all stand, as equals, before you so help us to put aside our boasting and bitterness, because none of that will matter once you reveal your full glory and truth.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

And walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

Ephesians 5:2 New international version

2 thoughts on “Faith, Hope & Love ~ the greatest of these is Love

  1. For some reason, I can’t leave “likes” in your website without also leaving a comment and having to sign in every time. No idea whether this relates to my computer or the way your website is set up. Do you have any insight into this glitch, please, Lesley? Has anyone else mentioned a similar issue? XXXXXXX

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    1. Hi Ruth, I’ve no idea why that should be and no one has ever mentioned it. I did look at the support forum when you last told me about it, but I couldn’t find anything. I’ll have another try, but don’t worry about it.

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