My view of love

“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 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, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give m body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

I believe this passage is way overused in Christian culture. I also believe that if you really look at this passage and take it to heart that it is very powerful and a good tool for life. I believe that love conquers all.
A lot of us have read this passage before. We have skimmed over it because we have seen it a thousand times. It’s not very long but the contents are so powerful and impacting. Take some time to read the words and REALLY think about it.
It is not just describing the way you love your significant other, it talks about how to love your family, friends etc… All too often we take the people that mean the most to us for granted because we assume they will always be there. Go ahead and tell someone in your family you love them. Better yet if it feels awkward telling them that. You have been officially dared.

2 responses

15 04 2012
Dan Strange

Here is an interesting exercise for you. Take this part “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fail” and rewrite it substituting your name for “love”. Then read it out loud to yourself. Note how you feel while writing and reading.

Your Father who art in Saginaw

17 04 2012
toothpic

That is very interesting! I’ve heard it said before to put God’s name in place of it… and that gives interesting perspectives. But wow!

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