The Greatest of These Is Love

In this month dedicated to love, we share these thoughts on what love truly is from the Apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 13)

If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have 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 faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I have nothing.  
If I give all I possess to the poor and submit myself to hardship that I may feel virtuous, 
but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient. Love is kind. Love does not envy or boast.
It is not proud. It does not dishonor others; is not self-seeking; 
is not easily angered; keeps no record of wrongs. 
Love does not delight in wrong-doing but rejoices in the truth. 
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.
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 wholeness comes, what is in part disappears.

When I was a child, I talked like a child,
I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child.
When I became an adult, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 

Now we see only a reflection, as in a mirror, 
but then we shall see face to face. 
Now I know in part; then I shall know fully,
even as I am fully known.

And these three remain: faith, hope and love. 
But the greatest of these is love.

Inspiration from your Unity in Lynnwood Prayer Chaplains