What if I could speak in the tongues
of humans and of angels but had no love?
It would be nothing more than a
clanging cymbal – a useless noise!
What if I could prophesy and understand all secrets and all knowledge?
What if I even had faith that moved mountains, but had no love?
I would be nothing.
What if I gave away everything to the poor and surrendered to die, but had no love?
I would gain nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind, never jealous, boastful, proud.
Love is not rude or selfish or easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices in the truth.
Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails!
All prophecies will ceases, all great speakers will be silenced, all that we know will be forgotten.
We don’t know everything and our prophecies are not complete.
But what is perfect will someday appear and what is imperfect will then disappear.
When we were children we thought as children.
But when we grew up we quit our childish ways.
Now all we can see of God is like a cloudy picture in a mirror.
But one day we will see God face to face.
Now we know only a little but one day we will know fully and be fully known!
Now three things remain: faith, hope, and love.
But the greatest of these is love!
– 1 Corinthians Chapter 13