Kelly's Korner - Show Us You favorite Bible verse...
Love is not all you need, but it is true in my life, as it was true in Paul's letter to the Corinthians of Greece, that it does add a lot of meaning to an otherwise shallow existence. Love above all else is important, and if you let love truly guide your life, you will seldom if ever be led off course.
When Paul wrote this letter the Christian church was still in it's very early beginning stages of existence. This letter was one of many trying to define what would be a Christian. Those times were difficult because early Christians did not have years of history to look back on for guidance. There was no manual on how to be a Christian, and let's be honest - there still isn't a manual. They were living what would become the history for us as modern Christians. We look at these letters and the Bible to guide our actions and lives as Christians. It is the closest thing we have to a manual.
That is why this verse has become more real for me in the last few years, because I have defined myself and my character as woman. I have grown up for all intents and purposes. I think like an adult not so much as a child. Alot has changed since those days as a child sitting in Sunday school studying the Bible.
So, it speaks to me more now than ever...
1 Corinthians 13
1If I speak in the tongues[a] of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If 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. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames,[b] but have not love, I gain nothing.
4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
8Love 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. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when perfection comes, the imperfect disappears. 11When 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. 12Now 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.
13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.