For most of my young life, I searched and searched for the perfect LOVE. I read all the magazines, watched all the TV shows, all telling me what LOVE was. It's funny, in looking back, most of what I found was emptiness, incompleteness, something was lacking. I was tapped on
the shoulder many times by the one who has perfect LOVE to give but refused to listen....You see, I was mad at the God who had let my son die. It was a battle between me and God for many years but God never gives up in offering his perfect LOVE, his hand, his comfort, his peace, his joy. Well the battle has ended, I finally heard his voice, accepted his LOVE, understand his way, and give my Life to him. Another funny thing, when I was first reborn I was witnessing to a person at an art show and she said "ahhh...you just gotten older and are trying to put "fire insurance" in your back pocket in case there is a God. I didn't know how to answer that then but now having experienced what accepting God as my savior and basking in his LOVE has given me spiritually while living in this physical world, "fire insurance" just doesn't compare to the depth of a true relationship.
|1 Corinthians 13 >>|
English Standard Version
The Way of Love
1If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2And 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. 3If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned,a but have not love, I gain nothing.
4Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;b 6it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11When 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. 12For 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.
13So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.