Love is the Greatest

We shared this scripture with some of our clients last night. It is powerful:

Love Is the Greatest

1If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it;a but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.

### 4Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

8Prophecy and speaking in unknown languagesb and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! 9Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! 10But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.

11When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 12Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity.c All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.

13Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.   (New Living Translation)

Verse 4, where ever it says love, exchange the word love with “God”, and read it outloud! To me it is very powerful. For God is Love.

 

3 Comments

  1. Becky

    So, I’m reading this great book right now about a woman’s very personal relationship struggle. God directed her to this portion of scripture as His standard to line herself up with during that season. She called it her Love Filter. Just like the purifying systems in our houses, if her reactions, emotions, words and responses did not fit these guideline, there were not allowed to “pass through”. It essentially became her road map through an otherwise completely cloudy and obscured pathway, which allowed room for God to heal and restore the relationship. Very inspiring! I love How God’s word is always applicable, timely and doable!

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    1. mnjbakke (Post author)

      Would love to know the name of the book. I am sure our readers would love to know as well.

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      1. Becky

        Guess I’m “a little slow on the uptake” here…it’s already mid-April – gah! Where has the time gone? Aaaanyhoo! The book is “A Fierce Love” by Shauna Shanks: One Woman’s Courageous Journey to Save Her Marriage. While our lives may not relate or line up with all her details or particular circumstances, there is a rich goldmine of treasures discovered in her relationship journey with God.

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