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The greatest of these is love

Ugh, I broke my posting streak and have so many posts I am drafting both in my head and on my phone notebook.

But before I write about my Valentine’s Day weekend, the next installment of Pieces of Her, my thoughts on shame in the Black community, or the blog carnival I’m creating, let me remind us about love

1 Corinthians 13 (NIV)

 1 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If 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 do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing.

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

 8 Love 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. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When 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 the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a 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.

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

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One comment on “The greatest of these is love

  1. Funky Femme Feminist
    February 21, 2012

    Wow. Thanks for posting this! I grew up in the church and we used to have this as our responsive reading almost every Sunday. I pretty much know it by heart, but this was the first time that I actually got it. I’m continuously amazed at how the Bible can be so relevant at times! Thanks for posting!

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