1 Corinthians 13
From The Source New Testament
with extensive notes on Greek word meaning
by Dr. A. Nyland
Moreover, I am indeed showing you an excessively extreme pathway. If I would speak with the supernaturally given languages of people and of Messengers, but not have love, I would be a bit of metal that makes a noise, or a clanging cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all things that there are to know, and if I have all the faith so that I can move mountains from one place to another, but don't have love, I am nothing! And if I hand out all my possessions and hand over my body, so that I could boast about it, but don't have love, it wouldn't benefit me.
Love has perseverance, love is kind. Love does not envy. Love does not show off, love is not arrogant. Love is not rude, is not self-seeking, it is not hot-tempered, it does not calculate wrong doings, it is not happy over dishonesty, but happy only with the truth; it puts up with everything, it has endurance in all things.
Love never falls down. Prophecies will become inactive, supernaturally given languages will cease, knowledge will become inactive. For we have knowledge in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is complete comes, then that which is incomplete will become inactive. When I was a baby, I spoke like a baby, I thought like a baby, I calculated like a baby. When I became a man, I did away with infantile things.
For now we look through a mirror in a riddle, but then we will look face to face---now we have knowledge in part, then we will have thorough knowledge just as we are thoroughly known.
But in point of fact all three of these will remain--faith, hope and love, and the greatest of these is love.
Happy Valentine's Day to all my blogging friends!
I pray God's gentle hand upon your lives, happiness and good health,
but most of all.....love....each and every day.
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