Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Just a love

I am reading through the chapter a day.  It has taken me longer than it should because some days I do a separate devotional reading and don't get  to the chapter a kids interrupt me.  But today, I was again reminded to love.  Do I show patience to my children?  Am I kind in the way I speak to them and others?  Have I boasted this week about myself?  Was I just rude to the person who offended me? What am I trying to get out of this relationship?  Why am I so quickly angered?  Who is counting anyways?  Am I happy that something bad  happened to those people?  Am I protecting my girls?  Do I trust my husband?  Am I hopefully about my future?  Do I give up too easy?

...And now I will show you the most excellent way.

1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 12Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

Taken from the New International Version Bible
1 Corinthians 12:31 - 13:13

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