13 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not 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 have not love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not 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 is not rude, 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 perfection comes, the imperfect 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 childish ways behind me. 12 Now we see but a poor 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.
[Editor's Comment: I rejoiced when this great chapter on love recorded in 1 Corinthians 13 was read by the granddaughters of President George H. W. Bush. What the world needs now is this kind of love. This is the kind of love we all need, and we need it in the church. When we love one another as Christ loved His disciples the world will know we are Christ's disciples.
Our arch enemy, Satan himself, is always stirring up discord, resentment, anger, strife, unforgiveness, and bitterness in the church. Someone wisely said, "Don't even crack the door just a little." Jesus desires that we live in harmony and peace. Our lives are to bring glory to God, and our mission is to win the lost to Christ.
May God help us all to have the kind of love we read about here in Paul's letter to the Corinthians. It is to us today in the 21st Century.]