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