Living Out: 1 Corinthians 13

Published: 16 September 2007 | 2 comments

I am very late on this one, but I was tagged by Shawn Anthony for a meme about favourite passages of scripture. Just as others have said, there are quite a number of passages/verses that I like and while I can’t list them all, here is one in particular that I’m trying to keep in mind on a daily basis. It’s about love and it says:

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.

1 Corinthians 13

While I won’t be tagging anyone in particular this time, if you’d like to share your favourite passage then feel free to do so and leave a comment with a link to your post or a reference to the verse(s). I’d be more than happy to read it.

Once again thanks to Shawn for the tag.

Peace and God bless.

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gravatar Ben — 18 September 2007

Wow, what a great passage. It’s both disheartening and encouraging though. I mean, by definition, all those requirements to love makes me think that I’ll never be able to actually love. How am I ever going to tell my future wife that I love her when most likely I won’t be able to adhere to all those requirements? But at the same token, Christ does love us, and his love does meet all those requirements, and that gives me encouragement to try and love as true as love is in those verses, and also encouragement that Christ will love me even if I don’t meet all of the expectations that he has laid out for us.

gravatar Matt — 19 September 2007

That is an excellent passage Yannick though I’m sure it was hard to choose just one.

@Ben, you’ve got some good points. It is hard to imagine loving the way God truly intended us to love…it would be great if we were capable. Like you mentioned though, it’s so wonderfully amazing that Christ does love us despite our unloving ways.

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