Thursday, November 5, 2015

This is Love

1 Corinthians 13 (New Living Translation)

If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing.  If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;  but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.

 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud  or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.  It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.  Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever!  Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture!  But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.

When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity.  All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.

I read this chapter today from the New Living Translation for the first time. I am not promoting this translation above others. I read it, and prayed about love in our world, and wanted to issue a challenge to you. I do not know your Bible reading habits. I do not know which of the translations you have found easier to understand. I use a variety of translations, sometimes comparing them to each other. 

So here is the challenge. In a quiet time today, read the above chapter aloud with specific emphasis on how the word of God is speaking to you about love. You may wish to read it more than once. Then if you wish, read it again from another translation,  allowing God to speak to you from his word. 

Now go. Today in your activities and encounters with other people, examine yourself in the light of what God has taught you today.   God bless your study and the application of what you learn. 


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