Thursday, February 21, 2008

1 Corinthians 13-The true definition of Love

I know Valentines Day has already passed and I already did a story on that occassion but I am compelled to share this with you if you have not ever heard it. It is a bible scripture that I recited and won a prize for when I was about 10 years old. It is one of my favorite scriptures and is a good rule to live by and the message holds true for generations and transcends time since it teaches you about true love. It is applicable for love between a man and woman, a family or a friend.

1 Corinthians 13
1Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love*, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

2And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing.

3And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not love, it profiteth me nothing.

4Love suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

5Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

6Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

7Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

8Love never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

9For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

10But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

11When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

12For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

13And now abideth faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

*Love is also interchanged with the word charity in some translations

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