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Today I’m reading Corinthians 13 in a friends wedding.  This is God’s perfect love; that he gives to us freely, willingly and lovingly. But this is also the love he calls us to live out…for him and fo others. The torah summed up in a sentence…

(Deut 6:5)’Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.’

And Jesus when asked ‘alright en, what’s the greatest commandment?’ says…

( Mark 12:30-31) “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[f] 31The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[g]There is no commandment greater than these.”

So, lets try and love God and love others with the perfect love that God loves for us…

Corinth 13 NIV

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.


Corinth 13 (My modern version of…)

the most excellent way…

If I am blessed with multi lingual speaking, if I reel off all dialects – even the heavenly language itself, but I’ve got no love. Then what am I? Mere noise pollution.

If I have the gift from God to communicate what he’s saying, or if I can grasp the universe and all the wonder that’s…ungrasp-able! If I’m the Einstein of life and have the faith that can make terrorism extinct, but I’ve got no love, who am I? I’m nothing.

If I auction off my house, sell my car on e-bay and pawn everything I own – flog it at a car boot sale and give every last penny to the homeless…but if there’s no love – what do I gain? Absolutely Jack all.

Love waits, love-love’s to give. It doesn’t want what it hasn’t got, mouth off, name drop, brag or get ‘me’ centered. It doesn’t throw a tantrum if things don’t go to plan, or need anger management sessions, but when you chalk up the tally of mess ‘n’ bad stuff – it just gets the duster out and wipes the board clean. Love doesn’t crave for what’s messed up but gets a ‘high’ off ‘truth’ and what’s right.

It looks after like a bodyguard, always trusts – even when stats prove that it shouldn’t, always counts on, never loses hope, never lets you down and It. Just. Keeps. On. Going.

Prophecies will grind to a halt, mouths will be zipped up and knowledge will be…………forgotten.

So, When we strip everything away, all that’s left is the triangle of faith, hope and love. Go on, Take a wild guess, which one’s the greatest!?!