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Love... [Jul. 4th, 2008|10:33 pm]
The Love Bug
I have belief. I have faith. I’m happy to engage in healthy debate about my faith, but I refuse to shove it down other people’s throats. That having been said, I want to share with you one of the most beautiful chapters of the bible. It’s taken from Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, chapter 13.

This excerpt from the bible does not preach, but it does teach a wonderful life lesson. I’m pretty sure that we had this read out at our wedding.

1 Corinthians 13

Love
 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.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Corinthians 13:1 Or languages
  2. 1 Corinthians 13:3 Some early manuscripts body that I may boast
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[User Picture]From: conphie
2008-07-04 09:44 pm (UTC)
I had that read at my first wedding :o/
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[User Picture]From: cuppykate
2008-07-04 10:46 pm (UTC)
I like that first bit.

but if that's in the bible.. how comes people who study it so much can still .. ah .. I have not the words..

anyways I liked it. I know what I mean..
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[User Picture]From: jena
2008-07-05 08:23 pm (UTC)
I think we had that at ours as well, or a portion thereof.
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