Notice that true love is an activity, not a feeling that we fall “into” or “out of.”

BibleGateway: 1 Corinthians 13

ESV Text: 1 Corinthians 13

1 Corinthians 13 (Listen)

The Way of Love

13:1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not 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 have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned,1 but have not love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;2 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

Footnotes

[1] 13:3 Some manuscripts deliver up my body [to death] that I may boast

[2] 13:5 Greek irritable and does not count up wrongdoing

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KJV Text:

KJV Text (alt. audio): Chapter 13:

     1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

     4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, 5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; 7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

     8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. 9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. 12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. 13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 623:
O Perfect Love

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1. O perfect Love, all human thought transcending, 
Lowly we kneel in prayer before Thy throne 
That theirs may be the love which knows no ending, 
Whom Thou forevermore dost join in one. 

2. O perfect Life, be Thou their full assurance 
Of tender charity and steadfast faith, 
Of patient hope and quiet, brave endurance, 
With childlike trust that fears nor pain nor death. 

3. Grant them the joy which brightens earthly sorrow; 
Grant them the peace which calms all earthly strife 
And to life’s day the glorious unknown morrow 
That dawns uopn eternal love and life. 


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