MONTHLY INSPIRATION

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