1 Corinthians 13
If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.
Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
This is a typical passage from Scripture that is read at many weddings. It describes the true meaning of what we call love.
We “love” in many ways. We say we love baseball or pancakes or that song from the Beatles. Have you realized that most songs that are composed have something to do with love? Just think about that. Love is a powerful force.
Of course, we should love God above all, but what does that really mean? It means that we love unconditionally like He loves us and we accept the good and bad things that happen to us in our lives because God has a purpose for whatever occurs. We don’t need to understand it; we just need to accept it.
We love our family and friends and we should be grateful to God for putting those people in our lives. In fact, we should love everything in our lives because it’s all a gift from Our Heavenly Father because He loves us.
Like the passage says, you can be the most generous, thoughtful, wise and brilliant person on the planet, but if you are not acting with love, none of it matters.
Love can truly conquer all – just ask Jesus.
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