1 If I could speak in any language in heaven or on earth but didn’t love others, I would only be making meaningless noise like a loud gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I knew all the mysteries of the future and knew everything about everything, but didn’t love others, what good would I be? And if I had the gift of faith so that I could speak to a mountain and make it move, without love I would be no good to anybody. 3 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 be of no value whatsoever.
4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. Love does not demand its own way. Love is not irritable, and it keeps no record of when it has been wronged. 6 It is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
8 Love will last forever, but prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will all disappear. 9 Now we know only a little, and even the gift of prophecy reveals little! 10 But when the end comes, these special gifts will all disappear.
11 It’s like this: When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child does. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 12 Now we see things imperfectly as in a poor 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 knows me now.
13 There are three things that will endure—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:1-13 NLT)
Father, This is actually one of the most intimidating chapters in your entire Bible for me! I know it’s the “Love Chapter” and that it’s read at weddings and that it challenges us to open our eyes to the vastness of your love for us and your love for your wonderful world of people. But the fact is, when I read these words, I realize how self-centered and selfish and how unloving I really am! Today I read the Love Chapter with an intense desire in my heart and a longing for all these words of truth about love to become true in my life and living. May I love as you love! May I love as I am loved! Amen!
Reading: 1 Corinthians 13; Psalm 144
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