Sunday Bible Reading – 1 Corinthians 13

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1 Corinthians 13

The Message (MSG)
The Way of Love

13 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.

2 If I speak God’s 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 don’t love, I’m nothing.

3-7 If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t 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.

8-10 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.

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

12 We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

13 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 13:8-10
Charity (God’s Love) never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.KJV

Trusting in God’s Love . . .Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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Sunday Bible Reading – I Corinthians 13, Phillips

Feb 23 010Poking its nose out, soon will see the sun.

Good Morning,

1 Corinthians 13

J.B. Phillips New Testament (PHILLIPS)

Christian love—the highest and best gift

13 1-3 If I speak with the eloquence of men and of angels,
but have no love,
I become no more than blaring brass or crashing cymbal.
If I have the gift of foretelling the future and hold in my mind
not only all human knowledge but the very secrets of God,
and if I also have that absolute faith which can move mountains,
but have no love, I amount to nothing at all.
If I dispose of all that I possess, yes,
even if I give my own body to be burned,
but have no love, I achieve precisely nothing.

This love of which I speak is slow to lose patience—
it looks for a way of being constructive.
It is not possessive:
it is neither anxious to impress
nor does it cherish inflated ideas of its own importance.

5-6 Love has good manners and does not pursue selfish advantage.
It is not touchy.
It does not keep account of evil
or gloat over the wickedness of other people.
On the contrary, it is glad with all good men when truth prevails.

7-8a Love knows no limit to its endurance,
no end to its trust,
no fading of its hope;
it can outlast anything.
It is, in fact,
the one thing that still stands when all else has fallen.

All gifts except love will be superseded one day

8b-10 For if there are prophecies
they will be fulfilled and done with,
if there are “tongues” the need for them will disappear,
if there is knowledge it will be swallowed up in truth.
For our knowledge is always incomplete and
our prophecy is always incomplete,
and when the complete comes,
that is the end of the incomplete.

11 When I was a little child
I talked and felt and thought like a little child.
Now that I am a man
my childish speech and feeling and thought
have no further significance for me.

12 At present we are men looking at
puzzling reflections in a mirror.
The time will come when we shall see
reality whole and face to face!
At present all I know
is a little fraction of the truth,
but the time will come when I shall know
it as fully as God now knows me!

13 In this life we have three great lasting qualities—
faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of them is love.

Consider love . . . Today
With my prayers, desiring yours, Leslie

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