The Way of Love


If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but donít love, Iím nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.

If I speak Godís Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, "Jump," and it jumps, but I donít love, Iím nothing.

If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I donít love, Iíve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, Iím bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up.

Love cares more for others than for self.

Love doesnít want what it doesnít have.

Love doesnít strut,

Doesnít have a swelled head,

Doesnít force itself on others,

Isnít always "me first,"

Doesnít fly off the handle,

Doesnít keep score of the sins of others,

Doesnít revel when others grovel,

Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,

Puts up with anything,

Trusts God always,

Always looks for the best,

Never looks back,

But keeps going to the end.

Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.

When I was an infant at my motherís breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.

We donít yet see things clearly. Weíre squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it wonít be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! Weíll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.

1 Corinthians 13 

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