1 Corinthians 13:1-8a
If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. But as for prophecies, they will come to an end; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will come to an end.
Food For Thought:
This is one of the most familiar passages of Scripture in the Bible ― both because it is about love and because it is read at almost every wedding that I’ve ever attended. It is a beautiful piece of Scripture in which we are reminded of what love is supposed to look like. The apostle Paul wrote this passage of Scripture for the congregation at Corinth, to remind them of what agape love looks like. For those of you who are unfamiliar with agape love, agape love is self-giving love. It is sacrificing for another human being. It is putting another person’s interests above one’s own. For the apostle Paul, agape love is the type of love that is expected of a Christian. This is the Christian ideal ― to love one’s neighbor as yourself. Where do you see agape love at work in this world? What are some examples of agape love that you are taking part in? How could you more faithfully live into this Christian ideal?
Gracious and loving God, fill us with faith that speaks your word, hope that does not disappoint, and love that bears all things for your sake, until that day when we shall know you fully, even as we are known by you. In your precious name we pray, Amen.